clarification: the rejection process
As a general rule, we don't delete programs without emailing the contributor (and often they can convince us of the need to be kept). This has only come about somewhat recently with some of scoop's enhancements to the system. We tend to have email conversations to settle where the app sits in the scheme of things. We feel it is important to achieve a win-win solution. For larval-stage programmers, I personally have gone to some effort to make sure that the author doesn't feel slighted by rejection, and if possible give some suggestions as to improvements. Sometimes things are rejected without comment if the author is clearly being obnoxious (The classic example being attempts to poison the database with noise), but in most cases we reach a solution which makes us (the editors) and them (the contributors) happy.