My answer (10k+ only) in the question Stack Overflow is overrun with bullies? has been deleted. I realize that my answer is not popular (I got a bunch of downvotes), but I have reread the FAQ and searched meta about this topic and I don't think there is any reason to delete it.

Of course, I could be overlooking something in my answer that makes it a bad answer that should be deleted. If that is the case, I'll be grateful to anybody who points me that.

  • I'm assuming you can't see your deleted answer either, otherwise you'd post a helpful reference here for people who are <10K, right? =D
    – J. Steen
    Mar 13, 2013 at 10:30
  • @J.Steen I can see it. I posted a link to the question instead because I thougt that a link to the answer would not work for people with less than 10K reputation. Was I wrong?
    – Pablo
    Mar 13, 2013 at 10:35
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    Hmm, yeah, at second glance the answer (imho) is terrible, but that should not have resulted in deletion. Sorry about that one.
    – Bart
    Mar 13, 2013 at 10:47
  • @J.Steen users (maybe over a minimal rep threshold) can see their own deleted answers; they can't see their own deleted questions though. This was like that since the beginning as far as I know. Mar 13, 2013 at 11:05
  • @Pablo What I meant was, since a lot of people are <10K, how are we supposed to come with constructive critique on why, if we can't see the answer in question (hah)? Or did you not intend for anyone but >10K to have an opinion? It'd be nice to include the answer here for reference since it can't (couldn't) be seen by everyone. =)
    – J. Steen
    Mar 13, 2013 at 11:53
  • @psubsee2003: Confused whether to remove 10K only or not. You did it right. :) Mar 13, 2013 at 12:06
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    @hims056 I almost removed it, then I decided to strike it out... but since I don't know HTML, it took me 5 minutes to remember which tag was appropriate. Most complicated simple edit I've ever made. Mar 13, 2013 at 12:09
  • @psubsee2003 - This may help you! Mar 13, 2013 at 12:11

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Agreed. Your answer, however unpopular, was not off-topic or junk so I voted to undelete it.

It contributed to the discussion, if only to show that the community strongly disagrees with the opinion posted.

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    It's now undeleted. Not sure why it was deleted; certainly (I hope) not because people disagreed. Mar 13, 2013 at 10:39
  • @AndrewBarber we can ask those who deleted what made them reach this decision. Mar 13, 2013 at 11:04
  • @ShaWizDowArd: Bart already said sorry; that's plenty I'd say. Mar 13, 2013 at 11:05
  • @shawiz I think this question itself is as close as we can come to doing that. Not sure if the delete voter(s) will reply Mar 13, 2013 at 11:06
  • @Martijn yup, agreed. We are all human. :) Mar 13, 2013 at 11:06
  • @ShaWizDowArd I don't precisely recall why. But reading through the answer I'm thinking "not true, not true, wrong, wrong, poor list of examples all on their way to be closed...etc.". That might well have lead me to vote for deletion, which I admittedly shouldn't have. That said, seems the question won't be around much longer anyway.
    – Bart
    Mar 13, 2013 at 11:07
  • @mart oh, it didn't occur to me Bart was apologizing for voting to delete! Mar 13, 2013 at 11:07
  • @AndrewBarber: His vote was the 3rd and last. You can see the list in the post history if you care. :-) Mar 13, 2013 at 11:08
  • @Bart cheers, must admit sometimes I fall into this same behavior. Mar 13, 2013 at 11:09
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    It contributed to the site a lot by pointing out 7 bad un-closed questions that are now all closed, and proving the broken windows theory by trying to use bad questions to justify other bad questions.
    – Wooble
    Mar 13, 2013 at 13:07
  • @MartijnPieters Thanks for that info! Unfortunately, I was on mobile at the time... Mar 13, 2013 at 14:13

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