There are three answers currently flagged for moderator deletion right now on the parent site. In all cases, the answers have been heavily downvoted (-4, -4, and -10). Since deletion is irreversible, and there are various mechanisms to suppress the display of heavily downvoted questions/answers, my general rule of thumb has been to reserve deletion for either obvious spam, things that are generally declared to be offensive by enough people, or author request, and not delete questions/answers that are merely downvoted a lot.
Is this a reasonable strategy ?
p.s I've deliberately not linked to the answers in question, because I'd like to first determine if there's a general policy that we can apply. If the discussion seems to need more specifics, I'll add links to those posts. For now I'll merely say that the posts have not been flagged for being offensive or spam.