I'm new to this platform, please bear with me.
I answered a question on SO today, where the asker needed a specific SQL query. As soon as I had answered it and before anyone else could read or upvote it, the author deleted the question, rendering my answer useful to him but to no one else.
From what I read here on META, this has been a pattern of behaviour of some users for years, and it seems like nothing has been done to prevent the negative impact on people who make an effort to answer:
- Preventing misuse of question self-deletion
- Question deleted after I posted an answer
- People ask a question and delete it!
For me, this was the fourth or fifth question all in all that I answered on all of the SE platform, and I have to say, as a newbie, this is a really sobering start. The question was perfectly valid albeit pretty simple. The UI states clearly that the user deleted the question himself. I can only speculate on his reasons of course, but I strongly suspect that the question would still be open if I hadn't answered it.
Are there any plans to prevent this kind of lame behaviour with a technical solution? Since this problem seems to have existed for so long, I suspect no.
How do others here prevent this from happening to them? Are there any best practices you can recommend like waiting longer or commenting/upvoting before answering?