I wanted to know from the moderators - if someone answers a question and the answer potential may be useful to the one who asked the question and for that matter anyone who ever comes across to that question.

But answer is a set of links from Stackoverflow, is the moderators duty to edit the question or delete it?

The reason why I am saying this is

Today I answered a question:

My answer was deleted by the moderator instead of editing or atleast letting me or someone edit the answer

The moderator could have let me edit it at least

  • The very reason the the site has 'edit' for anybodies answer or question is to improve the answer or atleast tell to improve Jan 5, 2012 at 13:12
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    Moderators aren't responsible for hand-holding. Especially when you've got enough rep to flag or comment where it would have been more appropriate
    – random
    Jan 5, 2012 at 13:15
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    There's still an edit link on the answer. What makes you think it won't work?
    – mmyers
    Jan 5, 2012 at 17:22

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I deleted it because it was nothing more than list of links to other Stack Overflow questions, and as I stated in my comment under your answer, such lists of links are not answers. I didn't see how it could have been edited into something that would answer the actual question.

You can still edit your answer after it's deleted, though, since it'll still be visible to you, regardless of whether it was deleted by yourself or a moderator. Go right ahead and edit it, and I'll see if it's worth reinstating. But if you simply want to provide a list of links, I suggest posting a comment instead. Answers have to actively answer a question.

  • Ok, i agree it was a bunch of links, that i have put there, but i as a moderator u did what was correct according to you for the site, in your comment your mentioned "give them more meaningful titles", so im asking you knew the answer required meaning titles than i think you could have let me edit it with your comment or atleast edited yourself. Jan 5, 2012 at 13:10
  • Well, that was just a side note, and not the main reason why I deleted it. Jan 5, 2012 at 13:13
  • ok, but were the links unhelpful in any way? Jan 5, 2012 at 13:15
  • Again, it's hard to tell. In retrospect I could have converted it to a comment on your behalf, but I chose to delete it as I imagine it'll be easier and cleaner if you started writing a new comment or answer instead. Jan 5, 2012 at 13:18
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    @PresleyDias I don't think the links were harmful in any way, but they weren't particularly helpful either. When someone writes their question on Stack Overflow they get a list of potentially related posts to look through. You can assume they're already seen a list of links to other questions on SO. It would be better if you find one answer that explicitly answers the question being asked, link to it, and explain why it answers the question. Jan 5, 2012 at 13:21
  • ok, but again "I imagine it'll be easier and cleaner" i agree, it would have been, but what im saying is why wasnt i given time for editing (enough time)..your a experienced user ,should have let a child like me grow by telling to edit Jan 5, 2012 at 13:23
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    Deletion isn't as permanent as it looks. I can always undelete it at any time. Plus, like I said, you can edit your own answer whether or not it was deleted and by whom. Jan 5, 2012 at 13:43

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