In the ACTRIAL discussion you said:
Why don't we instead make a policy that marks "crap" articles as being poor quality, then funnel our efforts into make them good? Instead of deleting something, why don't you take a few minutes to make it better?
Maybe that was just rhetoric, but if it was a serious question, the reason is that, though many articles are indeed flagged for improvement, when we refer to crap articles created as first edit by non-autoconfirmed users, we mean "articles" like "Ryan X born 7 August 1997 is the coolest man in the universe" or "Tommy Z is gay and has no friends" or (a few from my recent deletion log):
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Yes, and there are examples of legitimate content and non-crap stub articles being deleted because the person didn't cite sources, or it's a stub. In the old days this content would be marked as , or marked as a stub. This leaves around content that others see as needing citation or being a stub and it entices them to make it better.
Yes, certainly there are examples of that, but you seemed to be saying that deletion is always bad because it removes information that could have been improved. People often say that who do not know what the actual new page list of an anyone-can-edit site looks like. My point was to illustrate that many new "articles" are not amenable to improvement, and those are the "crap articles" people were talking about.