This answer was converted to a comment.
That's confusing to me. It directly answers the question as asked in the question title.
Further, does this means points for votes on the answer are not awarded?
I converted the answer to a comment. It was flagged twice as "not an answer".
The answer was:
Taking the first sentence:
This is a clarification on a point in the user's question, as well as a request for more information about the question. That by definition is not an answer.
Taking the second part:
This is also "not an answer" in that it is an overwhelmingly broad statement (i.e. "You can use ADOX in .NET", which is the same as "can I add two
And as we all know, answers that are just links are not really good answers. Links should support an answer, not be the answer.
That said, there was some useful information in the post, which is why it was converted to a comment and not just deleted outright.
In regards to your reputation for the answer, the next time your reputation is recalculated (for whatever reason) I believe you will lose any reputation gained on deleted answers.
Note that I didn't recalc your reputation. That would be overkill and it's going to happen at some point sooner or later, and it's not worth a mod's time to perform a recalc unless some rampant abuse had taken place (which is not the case here).
I did not flag this but the beginning of your reply "What do you mean it is ..." is a question not an answer and I suspect it all follows from that especially as the OP gives a detailed comment that probably should be an edit to the question.
Your reply is effect two parts