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I had posted an answer to a question some time ago. The answer was highly controversial:

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This answer sat dormant for quite some time until it was recently deleted. This was completely inexplicable considering that the comments indicated that many agreed with me and the answer did get 10 upvotes.

I immediately undeleted the question. (After all, I had a link to it in my profile. Nobody likes dead links.)

My question is "Why are answers being deleted just because they're controversial?"

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    I challenge your assertion that mods shouldn't "delete an answer with 6 upvotes and multiple comments agreeing with it." Many worthless answers have received upvotes and agreement. That said, I agree that this answer didn't warrant deletion. Who deleted it? – Michael Petrotta Sep 21 '10 at 2:45
  • @Michael: Will – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Sep 21 '10 at 2:48
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    Who said it was deleted just because it was controversial? On the other hand, seems like when a question is deleted, the reason ought to be stated. – LarsH Sep 21 '10 at 3:39
  • @LarsH: That's a very good point. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Sep 21 '10 at 3:47
  • Of course many agree with you, lots of people hate IE. That doesn't mean your answer wasn't rather obviously offensive; I would've flagged it if I'd seen it and I hate IE with the fire of a thousand suns – Michael Mrozek Sep 21 '10 at 3:52
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Probably shouldn't have been deleted. But "joke" answer (your words) != controversial. Is there any reason that answer should exist?

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