Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”?
As the moderator who converted my answer to a comment will not respond, I would like some clarification from the community.
In the question Using abstract view model in MVC 3, I posted an answer referencing an answer I gave the previous day to a question raising a related issue, Model inheritance possible when using strongly-typed view in MVC3?
Andrew Barber A moderator converted the answer to a comment, and did not respond when I asked him to reconsider based on the FAQs. The FAQs state as follows: Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed.
Since the answer linked to extensive code which fundamentally answered the OP's question, I do not see that this was a correct action by the moderator. Since the moderator did not respond, I need clarification.
I asked the community for guidance, and instead this became a classic example of bullying.
As for the accusation that I intended to shame Andrew, that was never my intent. I obviously was wrong about Andrew's actions, and I apologize for that. I sent him a comment in the same question regarding his comment (addressed to @Andrew Barber), and I received no response. Ignorance is no defense, but neither should it be a hanging offense.
The answers provided to my question were excellent statements of the general case, but it does not appear that anyone clicked on the links to examine both questions I cited.
This is an edge case where (even though the same solution was applicable) the questions were not duplicates. In fact, the user who asked the Using abstract view model question acknowledged that the answer from the earlier question worked for him, but the user found another solution that worked better in his use case.
I am disappointed that everyone reflexively downvoted, instead of examining the questions, and discussing the case where two non-duplicate questions can have have the same solution, and whether the FAQ adequately covers such a case.
Whoever downvotes my reputation below zero, please be sure to turn off the lights.