This is directed to more experienced SO users and moderators specifically. I wish to stretch beforehand that I post this question in order to better understand the policy and make sure I do not break the accepted rule of conduct, as I deeply appreciate SO and the community making it what it is.
I have been using SO for over a year now. Not a highly active user, but I did ask a number of questions, participated in the ensuing discussion and awarded answers. I mention this in order to clarify that I did not create an SO account just so I could spam/advertise.
Two days ago I have posted answers to several questions, all on the same subject, looking for a jquery plugin for creating website tours/tutorials. The questions are-
- jquery plugin for website annotation/tour?
- How to create Website Tour with jQuery
- Walkthrough plugin?
- Is there a jQuery plugin for help balloons for first time users of a site?
- How to create Site quick tour of the page's new features? (like one youtube has tooday)
Two of those answers were deleted by a moderator, after which I reread through the FAQ, and revised all of them, so that they'd better align with the rules, or so I thought. For one of the deleted answers I understood the reason for deletion since my answer was not a direct answer the the question.
Later all of the answers were deleted by Bill the Lizard.
My revised answers contained direct answer to the asked question, in the form of several links to jQuery plugins as was asked. In addition they contained a reference and a link, clearly marked and disclosed to a service my company offers which is also a solution to the requests of these answers, although not in the form of a jQuery plugin. I wish to note that I took care to only reply to questions where my answer was clearly and pointedly on-topic. Moreover, in one of the questions a different answer which is solely advertisement to a similar service was not deleted.
- My answers were duplicates (since the questions are more or less duplicates).
- I posted a link to my service, so this considered as spamming.
My question is which of the two options is the cause for deletion.
If it is the first option, why wasn't one instance left since my answers were clearly on-topic and contributed in all cases at least one option that was not mentioned in other answers?
If it is the second, I wonder how come the purely advertisement answer was left intact while mine was deleted.
If none of these are the reasons an I am still missing the point here, I would greatly appreciate an explanation so that I'd better understand the rules.