I was answering this question and noticed that there was an element of extortion involved which put an extra burden on the OP's question.

Is this allowed?

The deleted comment was in the context of "If you mark this solution as accepted then I will help you", which resulted in the OP having to deal with extra issues as a result - such as changing the database columns and getting null pointer exceptions.

I know it sounds trivial but was dismayed to see that being played out.

I did comment the person who answered, in their retaliation, the downvote of my answer ensued. The person's answer was subsequently marked as accepted (but: meanwhile deleted), and despite that, the OP was new to the arena of Android/Java programming.

What can be done about this?

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    I downvoted his answer and upvoted yours to balance the universe.
    – juan
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 16:31
  • As an aside, as for "extra issues as a result - such as changing the database columns" — as far as I can tell, the OP already had Double columns in the database? (Not sure why the accepted answer claims that need changing. Also wondering why one would want to store longitude and latitude as integer values.)
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 16:33
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    But, wait... With 16k on Stack Overflow, you're asking us if this is common...?
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 16:35
  • It was the first time I ever saw that being played out in all my time with SO and did raise the mod's attention on that and wanted to be certain for myself if this was an appropriate thing to do in terms of meta :)
    – t0mm13b
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 16:38
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    Definitely flag this. This will not be tolerated on SO and we'll give warnings to people that engage in that kind of behavior, at the least.
    – casperOne
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 16:49
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    I saw this recently too... a different user, on multiple occasions, had replied to questions on his answers as "up-vote/accept and I will help you." I absolutely agree these should be flagged. If the OP has additional questions or is trying to get clarification, the answerer shouldn't require a ransom before the answer is necessarily useful to the OP.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 16:53
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    @casperOne, just in case things were different than they might seem: maybe the OP first unaccepted and asked for further detail—the blackmail kind of going the other way. I obviously cannot tell, but the OP has been accepting, unaccepting, accepting, unaccepting. (Not expecting you to provide details; just to let you know in case you annotated/registered something with the account of the answerer.)
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 17:34

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Flag the post for moderator attention (use the other option) and explain your suspicions.

Blackmail such as that is not tolerated on the SE family of sites, but it's up to the moderators to investigate and take action. They can also see deleted comments to gather evidence.

  • Thanks - I did that alright but just have to see what happens :)
    – t0mm13b
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 16:27

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