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I answered a question that later got closed as a duplicate and my answer was deleted by a moderator.

After a while it was determined the question was not a duplicate and got reopened, but answer is not undeleted. How can I get my answer undeleted?

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That's not a real answer. That's just a collection of links. –  BalusC Sep 26 '12 at 11:09
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@Chichiray ok thanks, but the author of question had accepted that as an answer means he had got something usefully with the links right? –  iShru Sep 26 '12 at 11:11
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@iShru The above comment is from Chichiray not from Lucifer. :) –  hims056 Sep 26 '12 at 11:13
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@iShru, see How to write good answers –  Lucifer Sep 26 '12 at 11:14
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Isn't a deleted answer already revoked in a sense? –  casperOne Sep 26 '12 at 11:21
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Stop posting the same link-only answer to the question. It's not an answer and will be deleted. –  casperOne Sep 26 '12 at 11:54
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I would vote to undelete if I could but can't because a moderator deleted it. The "duplicate" question has no answers, while that answer actually provides the OP with a place to look to get answers. If you can see the question, I'd recommend expanding it a bit to include the relevant pieces of css that fix the problem, then flag it for a moderator to undelete with a note that you expanded the link-only answer. –  Rachel Sep 26 '12 at 12:06
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@Rachel The answers won't be undeleted, they are link only answers. I see now that it's not a duplicate, so that issue is settled. However, we're not allowing link only answers. The answers must be able to stand alone without the link. –  casperOne Sep 26 '12 at 12:10
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@casperOne How about undeleting it long enough for the person posting the answer to edit it into something that is not a link-only answer? I still think the links are useful since they do outline the exact problem (scalable background images in iOS), and its 4 links pointing to different resources for different solutions, not just a single link-only answer –  Rachel Sep 26 '12 at 12:12
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@Rachel No. An answer that relies on multiple links is the same as one that provides a single link, in that there is no content but the links. If the poster can edit their original answer and flag for moderator attention, then we can review it then, or the poster can put effort into a new, higher-quality answer which meets quality guidelines on Stack Overflow. Either way, we don't let answers like that "breathe". –  casperOne Sep 26 '12 at 12:16
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That's a shame because I'd take an answer with link that goes to solutions to my problem over no answer at all any day. I'm fairly sure the OP can't see their deleted answer, which is why I was asking for you to undelete it for a few hours so they can have a chance to edit it since it already is at a +2 –  Rachel Sep 26 '12 at 12:24
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@Rachel A deleted answer can be edited, IIRC. –  George Stocker Sep 26 '12 at 12:45
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@Rachel They can see it if they navigate to the question. –  George Stocker Sep 26 '12 at 12:46
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@Rachel +2 is irrelevant, votes are not an indicator of quality. Also, instead of editing the original answer (which the +2 is a copy of), they simply copied and pasted the answer again. The OP of the answer is clearly aware that the other answer is deleted, but chose to instead just copy it wholesale instead of improving it. This isn't the correct approach to this situation. –  casperOne Sep 26 '12 at 13:04
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@Rachel I'm willing to remove the validation of a link by two people in light of turning Stack Overflow into a link farm. –  casperOne Sep 26 '12 at 13:26

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I would say in this case, no, the answers will not be restored (I believe that's what you're going for).

The question is not a duplicate, but your link to the other question (saying it was like another question) is what caused the confusion over it being closed as such in the first place.

However, link-only answers are not answers on Stack Overflow and are deleted. We insist that you post an answer that doesn't rely on the link in question, so that if the link goes down, the answer is still viable even if the link is removed from the question.

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okay so what are all the corrections i am supposed to do for the answer to be valid? i have to explain link content to focus on solution right? –  iShru Sep 26 '12 at 12:19
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The answer should sufficiently answer the question without the need to click the links. Links are merely for support (documentation), background details (in depth tech) and extended/detailed information (complete running examples), etc. In other words, after removing the links from your answer, it should still answer the question in its entirely. Otherwise better just use comments or vote for close as dupe (if the links are on stack overflow itself). –  BalusC Sep 26 '12 at 12:20
    
ok @Chichiray thanks .. –  iShru Sep 26 '12 at 12:23
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I disagree with this. I think the answer should be undeleted long enough for the person posting it to edit the answer into a non-link-only answer. Obviously they came to meta for help and are aware of the problem with link-only answers, so why not undelete it for a few hours and to let them edit it? Also, its not like it was a single link answer. It contained 4 links, 3 of which went to solutions to the problem and 1 which went to a discussion on the problem. –  Rachel Sep 26 '12 at 12:44
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@Rachel: deleted posts can still be edited by owner. –  BalusC Sep 26 '12 at 12:52
    
@Chichiray Ok, I thought you need 10k rep to see any deleted post, even your own –  Rachel Sep 26 '12 at 12:55
    
@Rachel: only if the Question is deleted. –  BalusC Sep 26 '12 at 12:57
    
@Chichiray Makes sense, thanks :) –  Rachel Sep 26 '12 at 13:20

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