I am currently incredibly frustrated at the highly variable standard of moderation on Stack Overflow. The question that has sparked this question is here:
This question was a real train wreck of a question. The person asking the question was (is) astoundingly confused. Myself and Andreas Rejbrand attempted to help the person asking the question.
Andreas answered the question excellently and gave a very clear and concise implementation of the floating point modulus operator. The person asking the question appeared to have no firm grasp of basic mathematics and offered up comment after comment of cryptic nonsense. We tried hard to make sense of this nonsense and help. I personally added a number of comments containing ideone links that demonstrated the output of Andreas' function. And demonstrated that the output was what the person asking the question should expect to see.
At the same time an answer was posted that suggested an implementation of floating point
Result := 0.0 which seemed to me to be thoroughly unhelpful. I can understand the frustration that led to the answer being posted. I flagged as not an answer. This flag was declined. Does the moderator that declined that flag really believe that 0 is the answer to
mod(a,b) for all
b? Do I not understand what flagging is meant to be used for?
Presumably the same moderator that handled my flag then deleted all the comments to Andreas' answer that actually contained useful information to the person asking. This is inexplicable to me.
I can see that it would have been legitimate to close the question as too localized or not a real question. I would have understood that moderator response. But to delete all the useful content and leave the joke answer beggars belief.
Here we have a real person with a real problem that we were trying to help solve. The moderation spoiled those efforts. Moderators should not do that.
Over recent months I have become more and more disillusioned with the variable standard of moderation on Stack Overflow. The majority of moderators do an excellent job in my view, but sometimes the moderator's actions are exceedingly unhelpful. At the moment I feel that I would be better off not flagging at all. Because by flagging posts that deserve flagging I run the risk of a moderator coming along and ruining a question.
This is pretty much a rant because I'm cross at what has happened. If I have a question to ask it would be why did this happen and what can be done to bring about a more uniform standard of moderation?