[Topic very similar to several other recent questions, but the central question is I think not a duplicate.]
The meta thread Should these sexually suggestive jokes be kept or deleted? raised the point that the old and very popular question Do good math jokes exists? included some rather sexist jokes, and proposed deleting these. The thread showed that sizeable fractions of the community both supported and opposed deleting the sexist jokes, with probably a majority supporting deletion but no clear consensus.
In the wake of that thread, though, something much more drastic happened: the whole question was deleted. As far as I can see, nothing in the meta discussion about the sexist jokes either gives a substantial argument for deleting the whole question, nor shows significant community support for doing so.
The post-deletion meta thread Catering to professional appearance a bit much? raises the issue in very general terms, but I’d like to ask more specifically: What arguments do people see for or against the deletion of the whole math jokes thread?
Please note that I don’t want to reopen the discussion about the sexist jokes specifically: firstly it’s been discussed at length already, and secondly, deleting the sexist jokes doesn’t necessitate deleting the whole question, so arguments for deleting them are not in general arguments for deleting the rest.
(Full disclosure of my own stance: I strongly support the deletion of the sexist jokes; but I think the deletion of the whole thread is a loss to MO, and I’m baffled that it was done in the absence of much significant support from the community.)