A new user tried to help answer a question I had below:
The answer he gave was a helpful suggestion, although it didn't work. Obviously, it would be more appropriate as a comment rather than an answer, but the user at the time had too low of a reputation to comment.
He ended up providing more comments suggesting a solution to my problem, all of which also happened not to work, but they were helpful anyway in narrowing down possible solutions and some of that info might be possible to incorporate into a final answer as evidence of what the compiler is doing. Unfortunately the answer was deleted by a moderator later (probably because it wasn't a definite answer to the question), which is understandable, but it'd be nice not to just lose the entire discussion in such situations, since without them I didn't even remember all the things that were suggested/tried without some effort.
So would it possible to allow for viewing deleted answers (when one's reputation doesn't automatically qualify one to do so) when all or some of the following conditions are true:
- It's an answer to one's own question
- It's an answer that you've upvoted yourself
- It's an answer that you've participated in the comments in
Also, since there's no PMs on SO. and I wasn't able to continue commenting on the deleted question, I had to track down the user by responding to an answer he posted elsewhere (since I wasn't sure if he deleted it himself or not, and, in any case, I wanted the comment log.) This is obviously non-ideal, but is there a better way I could have gone about doing so? (I don't know all SO features, so I could have missed a better mechanism...if not, could one be added in the future without being full-on private messaging, for limited use cases?)
EDIT: To be clear, I'm not taking any issue with policies on deleting answers; this is merely a feature request for recovering information from those answers in cases where the system would be able to detect that you have vested interest in them.