Leaving aside the content of the XML...

I answered a question (10K needed to see) which received 5 downvotes and then the moderator deleted the question.

Why was it? Was it because of a problem from my side?

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    The swearing accounts for the downvotes.... Looks maybe like your post got offensive flagged. The contents of the XML cannot be ignored. May 1, 2013 at 6:31
  • You claim for -10 votes, once I got +6/-2 and it was deleted. :p May 1, 2013 at 6:32
  • Putting your answer aside, I'm surprised the mod didn't close the question first. At first glance, I don't see anything glaringly wrong with it.
    – Mysticial
    May 1, 2013 at 6:32
  • @benisuǝqbackwards: then only his answer should have been deleted not the question. May 1, 2013 at 6:32
  • My answer was copied from the contents of the question May 1, 2013 at 6:33
  • The question when it was posted had that content May 1, 2013 at 6:33
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    Ah... You're right... The edit ending up getting you framed...
    – Mysticial
    May 1, 2013 at 6:34
  • if somebody had gone through the revision!!! May 1, 2013 at 6:34
  • @benisuǝqbackwards can you go to the revision of the question May 1, 2013 at 6:35
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    I copied the content from the question and just added a wrapped element to it, didn't checked the content May 1, 2013 at 6:36
  • Yeah, Ive just seen @arun. Above I was explaining why I think it happened. As I say, you can't ignore the contents of the XML. You simply shouldn't have copied it if you didn't want this to happen... May 1, 2013 at 6:37
  • Answer only after reading the whole question. Anyway the question was nuked and everything is gone.. Which is good May 1, 2013 at 6:38
  • @benisuǝqbackwards I would say lesson learned in the hard way May 1, 2013 at 6:39
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    Most of the time, when we are in the race to answer first... within minutes the question, code etc gets changed, and our answers looks ODD. May 1, 2013 at 6:39

2 Answers 2


The original question contained some language that people objected to. Your answer mirrored that but was attracting more adverse attention than the now edited question.

The question itself wasn't worth saving, I think there might be the smell of a troll. The simplest course seemed to be to cut the losses by deleting the whole lot and starting with a blank slate.

  • thanks people, lesson learned and will be careful hereafter May 1, 2013 at 6:41
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    Most likely the user got upset by his questions getting downvoted, closed and deleted so he started trolling. @Arun proper way of action would have been to edit the question first to take out the bad language and only then answer. May 1, 2013 at 6:50
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    Yup, had your answer not received quite so many downvotes I'd have edited and cleared the flags but it was past the point where that made sense when I got to it.
    – Flexo
    May 1, 2013 at 16:34

Looks like you're the victim of some absolutely horrible timing and sequence of events.

  1. OP posts the question with profanity in the code.
  2. You copy-paste the code and fix it. (I'm not sure if you noticed the profanity.)
  3. The profanity gets edited out of the question. But stays in your answer.
  4. Your answer gets downvoted for the profanity. (The downvoters probably never saw it came from the question first.)
  5. Flexo sees flags on the question. Sees the revision history, and nukes the whole thing.

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