Note that I have posted this in the SE Meta rather than the Spanish Meta with prompting from one of the Spanish moderators after I complained about it. His suggestion was the following:
Mi recomendación como usuario es publicar en meta, con pantallazo incluido, y preguntar por qué, aparentemente, alguien que no modera en Spanish.Se está moderando Spanish.Se. Y que de explicaciones (si piensas que te deben explicaciones) quien deba darlas
My recommendation as a user is to publish in meta, with screencap included, and ask why, apparently, someone who does not moderate in Spanish.SE is moderating Spanish.SE. And for whoever ought to explain it to explain it (if you think they owe you explanations)
I had an answer that was deleted by a non-Spanish.SE moderator (well, they1 has a diamond, but it seems purely by virtue of being an employee, their reputation is only 101).
The link provided says that my answer was deleted for one of the following reasons:
- commentary on the question or other answers
- asking another, different question
- “thanks!” or “me too!” responses
- exact duplicates of other answers
- barely more than a link to an external site
- not even a partial answer to the actual question
However, my answer was a complete answer, with commentary explaining it. I am the #3 user in Spanish.SE by reputation, I'm fairly certain I know what an acceptable answer is, and I can't for the life of me understand why this answer was (a) considered for deletion, (b) deleted unilaterally without any previous warning or explanation, and, most importantly, (c) by a person who has zero experience in Spanish.SE. Animuson in the comments suggests it could be from the language involved (although Spanish.SE is no stranger to foul language, being, of course, a language-based site — something acknowledged by the person who asked the question who is themself a mod), but that was not one of the reasons provided for the answer being deleted, and in fact after removing it and flagging it to be undeleted, it was not undeleted (but the flag was cleared from the queue, as I am able to flag it again). In any case, the question remains:
Is this standard practice (and if so, should it be?) for moderators to randomly enter SE's that they have no experience in and determine that and determine that an answer is, by their judgment, to be deleted, despite not fitting any of the rationales above?
I can understand spam answers, or blatant harassment/abuse receiving such treatment. In Spanish.SE, our moderators have, even when they could do instantly delete something, tended to provide feedback first and only deleting if an answer is never editted. And when they do instantly delete, they also provide a fairly explicit rationale as to what is wrong and what would need to be done to improve it, something I have not gotten.
Here is the screenshot of the post. Notice that the text above the HR is mine, and the text below is a loose translation provided by a different user (not me), and uses decidedly stronger language than mine. (the verb sudársela in Spanish means to "to not be important" and close to the English expression it's no sweat, although fairly more colloquial). The Spanish.SE didn't have any problem with it, so it seems odd for an outside moderator to jump in and decide what is considered an on topic or complete answer.
1. I do not know JNat's preferred pronoun, and will gladly edit this post accordingly if told.
2. The answer was not restored after adjusting the language (the flag was seen, and no action was taken to restore the answer).