I enjoy finding answers that are "not an answer" (should be a comment or deleted completely). I just had a quick question about whether or not users should be penalized for "not an answer" answers. Here's a scenario:
- User posts comment as answer.
- Answer is found quickly enough that no downvotes have been applied (even if they have been, the answer is about to be deleted, so the user will get that reputation back, correct?)
- Answer is deleted by a moderator
Unless I'm mistaken about reputation being restored on deleted answers, the answerer really hasn't been penalized.
Usually the way we guide users away from providing unhelpful or incorrect answers is to downvote them. Theoretically, this corrects that behavior and the user learns what a good answer is.
Since in the case of a "not an answer" answer no reputation is lost, what hope is there for training users to make these answers comments? Should there be an inherent reputation loss associated with a moderator deleting an answer?