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I logged in to my account today, posted an answer to a question and an edit to an answer. The next thing I know, my account was logged out, my user was deleted and my answer was removed.

I don't understand why my account was deleted.

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closed as too localized by Martijn Pieters, animuson, Brad Larson Nov 1 '12 at 1:56

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what methods did you use to login to the site? Perhaps you accidentally created a new account by signing in with different credentials? You can see your login details in your profile –  Lix Oct 31 '12 at 21:07
    
There's a comment on your answer that reads: "This reads like brochure material." – Andrew Barber 49 mins ago, Your account probably appeared to be a spammer account. –  Mysticial Oct 31 '12 at 21:07
    
So the policy is to simply delete an account when an answer appears to "read like brochure material"? It certainly is not brochure material. –  BrianJM Oct 31 '12 at 21:09
    
No, not at all. We're just guessing with what might be minor indicators. –  Bart Oct 31 '12 at 21:10
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I'm not a moderator - let alone the one who deleted your account. But I can say that we are very harsh on spammers. I'm not saying that you are spamming, but your answer seemed to be an advertisement for a product. –  Mysticial Oct 31 '12 at 21:11
    
So can I get my old account back? If I post the same answer again, is this account then going to be deleted? –  BrianJM Oct 31 '12 at 21:12
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I'd say on a quick glance, this read like brochure material but on a more thorough one, it didn't. Moderators have very little time to look at the posts they moderate. This action may well get reversed, I'll flag this post and ask a mod to take a look at the issue –  Pëkka Oct 31 '12 at 21:17
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And to save everyone else the searching, the answer is here: stackoverflow.com/a/13166648/922184 (10k link) –  Mysticial Oct 31 '12 at 21:18
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In any case, you don't look like a spammer to me. You just got unlucky enough to get caught in this. Just sit and wait for the mods to decide what to do. –  Mysticial Oct 31 '12 at 21:20
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@MadaraUchiha If it's a spammer, there's no warning. Not saying this user is a spammer, though, and also not saying that the account was deleted because a mod thought they were spamming (likely scenario, but not the only possibility). –  Yannis Oct 31 '12 at 21:27
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I was the one who flagged and commented, though perhaps someone else flagged as well. The post in question read like advertising material to me; it seemed a bit out of the realm of a normal 'fan' posting about their favorite tool. I was surprised to see the account deleted, however. I'll guess Brad had a good reason, or it was a mis-click. There were no other answers on the account though, so I'm not sure if it's too important to get the account back, per se. (though that's not up to me, is it!) –  Andrew Barber Oct 31 '12 at 21:36
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@Pekka: There's nothing a moderator can do; the account was nuked from orbit. It's a "do-over" at this point. –  Robert Harvey Oct 31 '12 at 21:47
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@Pekka: The information is lost. The account had only two activities, which the OP has helpfully screen-shotted here. It doesn't really matter how old the account is; if the total activity is only spammy, we'll push the reset button. We don't burn accounts if there is any evidence whatsoever of productive activity, as that would cause actual data loss. In this particular case, the remedy is to simply create a new account. –  Robert Harvey Oct 31 '12 at 21:52
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@BrianJM: All I can really say about this is just make sure you have two or three upvoted (read: valuable to the community) non-promotional answers on your new account, and you'll be more or less permanently protected against nuking (we'll send you a mod message first, if overly promotional activity is occurring). –  Robert Harvey Oct 31 '12 at 22:02
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@BrianJM I don't agree that the post looks less spammy on closer inspection; I read it quite thoroughly before flagging, as I usually do. What made it trip my "spam" senses was how hard it tried to push one solution over another - using so much wording that one could find in a brochure or 'testimonial'. That might simply be your writing style. However, as Robert noted; with more 'normal' activity on the account, borderline things tend not to look as spammy. :) –  Andrew Barber Oct 31 '12 at 22:15

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I was the one who deleted your account.

I did so after reading your answer, which was flagged as spam. For posterity, this is what it contained:

Since you are looking for a solution that does not rely on jailbreaking or rooting a device, Perfecto Mobile will not suffice. What you are looking for is the M-eux QTP Mobile Testing solution.

M-eux integrates directly with QTP (add-in), Visual Studio and Eclipse. There is no need to jailbreak or root devices and it offers true object recognition (so you can utilize your existing QTP skills). The mobile device can be connect directly to your computer (USB), accessed through a WiFi connection or accessed remotely in a lab (on-site or off-site).

M-eux has a track record of promptly supporting the newest devices and latest OS versions. M-eux supported iOS 6 the day it was released. Perfecto still doesn't support it (and can't until it is jailbroken); you won't find an iPhone 5 in their list of supported devices. Jailbreaking tablets in the USA violates the DMCA (effective Jan 2013), which obviously presents challenges for solutions that rely on jailbroken devices.

It reads like it's straight out of a brochure, and points to a commercial service while attacking another. I found it very hard to believe that a neutral third party would write a post like this.

We have had a significant volume of spam posted today from a series of new user accounts. If a new account looks entirely created to spam, with no indication that it's a real user or someone who's simply unaware of our promotional rules, we tend to destroy those accounts.

The fact that this was the first and only answer by a new user to a question that was months old, it read like an ad, and I'd just dealt with four or five other spammers dumping answers across the site, caused me to lean toward the destruction of this account. Deletion of an account is extremely difficult to undo, so I only use it where I am certain the account isn't legitimate and there is nothing else of value attached to it.

Hopefully you can see the indications that led me to this. Nothing of significance was lost by removing this account, aside from your time in creating a new one. You've already done this, and started posting good looking answers with that, so there's not a lot more we can do here. I apologize for the inconvenience, but we tend to be pretty harsh on spam here.

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Thanks for clarification. You may close this question. –  BrianJM Oct 31 '12 at 22:31

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