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The OP in http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/155169/why-was-my-answer-on-the-java-reporting-tools-question-deleted#155169 has raised a fairly interesting point.

An old question, "Java Reporting Tools" (10k only), was deleted. It was unconstructive but was available to be answered.

The OP has claimed they were answer-banned because their answer got deleted by a moderator. I obviously can't tell whether this is true or not and it's irrelevant to this discussion. Assuming the OP is correct and they got banned because of this deletion the same would have happened if the question was deleted by the community rather than the answer by a moderator.

Is it fair that a user, especially a new user, can get banned for answering a bad question that the community has left open and available for answering?

This is a discussion, not a feature request. I'd be interested to hear people's views.

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There is absolutely no way someone was banned for having a single answer removed. Also: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/155169/… –  Yannis Nov 9 '12 at 15:25
    
Very fair point @YannisRizos, but if someone has made a habit of going round and answering these old shopping list questions it is possible that they've been led into a ban that wasn't their fault. –  ben is uǝq backwards Nov 9 '12 at 15:27
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However I somewhat agree with the sentiment. Someone who's new to the community might be overly enthusiastic in posting the same (inappropriate) answer to several questions, causing him or her to be quickly answer banned. –  NullUserException อ_อ Nov 9 '12 at 15:32
    
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ Which would be (yet another) very good reason to close all these questions... –  Yannis Nov 9 '12 at 15:36
    
@YannisRizos Which would be (yet another) very good reason not to delete all these questions... –  NullUserException อ_อ Nov 9 '12 at 15:38
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Not to delete? –  ben is uǝq backwards Nov 9 '12 at 15:38
    
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ Now you're just talking crazy. ;P –  Yannis Nov 9 '12 at 15:39
    
@YannisRizos I don't have nearly as a big of a problem with closures as I do with deletions. Closing isn't too bad, but deletions are horrible: all of a sudden you've lost all this content and links (both internal and external) that used to work are suddenly broken. –  NullUserException อ_อ Nov 9 '12 at 15:44
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it's sure OK for new-users to miss sometimes. But if vast majority of their answers turn out to be to crap questions, ban would look rather fair. –  gnat Nov 9 '12 at 15:47
    
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ And? Unless you're arguing against deleting anything ever, which I don't think you are, just go fix whatever is wrong with a deleted post and undelete it. –  Yannis Nov 9 '12 at 15:48
    
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ: I'd normally agree with you, but as I said before, those questions are dragged in here as excuse to create more bad questions. Until a mechanism is supplied to conserve the information in a good way (the archive suggestion which is floating around somewhere in here), those questions should be deleted from the prying public. That would also reduce confusion of new users. –  Time Traveling Bobby Nov 9 '12 at 15:49

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Three out of four of that user's answers are now deleted. I don't know if it's possible for a user to be banned based on the downvotes/deletion of a single answer, but it's not the case here. That was just the one that pushed them past the ban threshhold.

Is it fair that a user, especially a new user, can get banned for answering a bad question that the community has left open and available for answering?

It probably would be more fair to not count an answer against someone if it was only deleted because the question was deleted. It wouldn't have made a difference in this case, since the answer was deleted individually (before a correction was made and the whole question was deleted), but individual bad answers on good questions should probably count against you more than (good or bad) answers on bad questions.

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I think the OP means, answering a bad question that is left open and then deleted. –  NullUserException อ_อ Nov 9 '12 at 15:30
    
That's exactly what I mean @Null, I've clarified the question slightly. –  ben is uǝq backwards Nov 9 '12 at 15:34
    
@Ben Thanks for the clarification. I've updated my answer. –  Bill the Lizard Nov 9 '12 at 15:38

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