I was pretty shocked to see my answer to this question deleted by moderators within 20 minutes of posting.
Particularly since they were alleging that my answer need to go because it was a "follow up question".
When in fact my answer (if you have the rep to see it) is actually challenging the accepted answer with a new answer. If I did my math right, the existing answer (prominently echoed in the question) is wrong.
So regardless whether I am right or wrong, it raises a couple of questions of process:
- I had a call out to the person who wrote the current accepted answer, asking them to check my answer and see if they agree. If they do agree, I don't particularly care if my answer gets swallowed up in a revision of the accepted answer. But the point is: can't the moderators at least give the people working on the question more than 20 minutes to sort this out before stepping in with the big guns?
- so now my answer is deleted because "it should be posted as a new question". I don't agree - I think I'm trying to fix an existing question. Posting a new question seems exactly the wrong thing to do as it will just pollute EE.SE with redundant questions. But it seems I have no right of appeal? How exactly do I do that? [update: partial answer - seems I can flag my answer for moderator attention. Yet to see if that does the trick]