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I answered a question on stackoverflow.com and my answer was accepted and got the reputation points for that. But after some a couple of hours those points were reduced from my reputation and I can't even find that question post as well. Why so?

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The question was probably deleted or migrated. – ChrisF Mar 22 '12 at 12:33
You should be able to see the change in your reputation tab after checking "show removed posts" checkbox in the bottom. It should appear as -15 and say "unaccepted" or "deleted" not sure. – Shadow Wizard Mar 22 '12 at 12:56
@ShaDowWizArd good call; the actual word is "removed": -15 1 hour ago removed Javadoc not Found – Marc Gravell Mar 22 '12 at 13:08

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

I'm assuming you mean this one?

Your answer was simply a link to another Stack Overflow question, not content. That is more appropriately performed as a close-duplicate vote or a comment (in fact, usually the system will detect that scenario and make it a comment automatically).

The question is now correctly closed as a duplicate.

Here is the Markdown for the deleted answer, to be clear:

I think you are talking about NetBeans. If yes, you may get your answer here [how-can-i-get-netbeans-to-show-me-proper-documentation-for-java-methods][1].

  [1]: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2812490/how-can-i-get-netbeans-to-show-me-proper-documentation-for-java-methods

If you are simply linking to an existing answer, please do so via a comment or a close-duplicate vote. It is of course perfectly acceptable to reference another post as part of another post, but: you must actually be adding something.

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(actually, looking at the question, it looks like your answer was manually converted to a comment) – Marc Gravell Mar 22 '12 at 12:55
Yes I completely agree with your answer. But then Won't's answer below (in this post) should also be converted to a comment as "You should read this" is also merely a link to another Meta Stack Overflow post and has no other description. What is your say? :] – Parth Bhatt Jul 6 '13 at 6:06

You should read this

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Please do not post link-only answers. See this meta post (especially point number 12): What is an acceptable answer? – jadarnel27 Mar 22 '12 at 16:17
I want to upvote for irony, but won't – Chris Bye Mar 22 '12 at 16:43

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