I just voted for deleting a question for the first time.

If I understand that correctly then 15 votes are required to delete a question – and 18 users of this site (probably not all of them active) are capable of voting for deletion.

Is that correct? Has ever a question been deleted by voting? ;-)

misunderstanding solved

The message mentioning "13 votes" referred to the votes I had left on that day, not to the votes required yet to delete the question.

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  • Voting to delete questions require > 20k rep, is it? – Ramesh Dec 4 '14 at 18:05

Deleting questions only requires 10k, not 20k (that's for deleting answers), so there's actually 54 users that can do it. It also only requires 3 votes by default; it scales up based on question popularity, but is capped at 10. I'm not sure where you got 15 from, but if you mouseover the "delete" link on a post it will say how many more votes are needed:

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  • I guess it said "delete (1)" before I voted, and afterwards it said something like "13 more votes required". I didn't try mouseover, though. It seems strange to me that deleting questions is "easier" than deleting answers as deleting the question deletes the answers, too. – Hauke Laging Dec 4 '14 at 21:48
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    @HaukeLaging Questions have to be closed before the vote to delete can start. So (without ♦mod intervention) it takes a minimum of 5 people, 3 of which have to act twice, to delete a question, vs 3 people to delete an answer. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Dec 4 '14 at 22:27
  • I'm not sure if you can delete a question with undeleted answers. We could try and see ;) Also, they have to have been closed for at least 48 hours: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5221/… – goldilocks Dec 6 '14 at 13:49
  • @goldilocks You can delete questions with undeleted answers. 20k users are also not subject to the 48 hour limit, they can delete questions as soon as they're closed – Michael Mrozek Dec 6 '14 at 17:18
  • @MichaelMrozek WRT 20k users and the 48 hour limit, I don't think so. I don't have the option to delete stuff closed today here, and there are no more privileges left for me to earn. – goldilocks Dec 6 '14 at 17:20
  • @goldilocks Oh, they need to have a score of -3 or lower; I forgot that part – Michael Mrozek Dec 6 '14 at 19:33

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