This question was asked yesterday. I answered it and, about 2 or 3 hours later, my answer was deleted by Dave Tweed. However, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with my answer and it gets right to the point of the matter in my opinion. Good answer or bad answer is a side issue but it shouldn't have been jumped on so quickly. The lack of a measured response really irked me.
So, the issue (to me) is this: There are many, many poor answers (and poor questions) that do deserve to be deleted in the fullness of time. Some really, really crappy answers get deleted and down-voted fairly quickly but my answer is not in that category at all.
There are plenty of very sub-standard answers on this site that are not deleted so, it looks like double standards - mediocre answers normally take a couple of days to receive the delete treatment but my significantly-better-than-mediocre answer got blitzed in a couple of hours.
In that period of time that my answer was still "alive" it received three upvotes (net) - these guys were happy with it. The trouble is that I would probably have received a bunch more upvotes had my answer not been deleted so officiously and, this appears to be something that Dave Tweed has in the back of his mind. He recently accused me of (paraphrasing due to memory difficulties) "being too interested in collecting votes" when I hinted to someone (in a comment) that there was an "answer-accept" button they could press.
Later yesterday this question was answered by Dave Tweed and I pointed out to him that if my answer was deserving of deletion then his should be - he deleted that first comment and I note that his answer was deleted some time later by Nick Alexeev. That question is now fully deleted but the link still works. This is a proven double standard.
Dave Tweed and I have crossed swords three times in the last few weeks (all initiated by him) and it is starting to look like some kind of vendetta against me.
I am not happy with his treatment of me.
Here is what this site gives as advice to avoid deletion: -
Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are:
- commentary on the question or other answers
- asking another, different question
- “thanks!” or “me too!” responses
- exact duplicates of other answers
- barely more than a link to an external site
- not even a partial answer to the actual question
Which of these categories listed above did my answer fall into?
Clearly, the first 3 are not relevant and #4 didn't apply. #5 doesn't apply because there were no links which leaves #6, quote "not even a partial answer to the actual question".
I can only assume it is #6 (or maybe there is a secret moderator-list somewhere?). I think someone does need to clarify this because my answer could certainly not be described as #6 i.e. it could have been fuller (agreed) but it certainly wasn't "not even a partial answer".
So, rocking the old boat doesn't really get anyone anywhere it seems. Protect the system first, then protect the administrators then maybe protect the truth. THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FOLKS.