So, the community has always been told by moderators to not hesitate to delete stuff that was 'blatantly off-topic'. Does this only go for main, or meta too?
We had a user go on a very rude spree here on meta (and a bit on main too) today, and one of the rants they posted disguised as a question here.
Now, since all the moderators were asleep, the community was left to fend for itself, and it did, by closing the question (rants are blatantly off-topic on meta) and deleting the post so it could not attract any more commenting. Just now, the post got undeleted, indicating there's also part of the community that disagrees with deleting this stuff...
What did we do wrong here? Wasn't the post a rant? Do we really want to keep the rant around, as this comment suggests, so future users can see it? Are we really so keen on having this around, so it can attract more rudeness? Are we really willing to let people get away with displaying such behavior? And maybe most importantly, how should the community stem a flow of nastiness if there's no moderator around if we're not allowed to delete stuff?
Edit to point out: This question was undeleted before it was edited into its current form. It was only edited after this meta was posted, so 'it could be undeleted because it was no longer a rant' isn't an argument.
Why do we undelete stuff that's not edited and still a rant/an example of very bad behavior?