Is there really any need for moderators to delete answers, such as this one that are obviously tongue-in-cheek but which are also entirely in keeping with the spirit of the programming language about which the question was asked, e.g. Python?
I've thought that the stackoverflow community might benefit from a separate place to post humor associated with questions and answers. Every so often, you see something that just cries out for a joke.
This would have to be some sort of in-joke paradise, accessible only to people with a certain amount of rep -- a sort of parallel universe. The virtue is that it would soak up a sort of energy that otherwise spills into inappropriate comments and answers. The bad news is that it would facilitate snearing-at-the-newbies.
A joke answer here and there, well-crafted and on-topic, is tolerated, even appreciated. But, and I'm sorry if this seems like an attack Sam, where's the funny? Is a joke about large, scary reptiles appropriate for every Python question?
In general, though, I'm happy to see an occasional, good, and relevant joke. Gotta earn those get-out-of-deletion-free cards.
I can't see what was deleted, but it must have been inappropriate to someone. Keep in mind that the mods hear complaints if they don't take action and they hear complaints if they do.
This is a professional Q&A site with thousands of users with different beliefs and opinions, and the moderators are responsible for responding to content that is flagged.
Thus, it's not personal. You can please some of the people all of the time but not all of the people all of the time.
Normally, moderators delete those because someone report that as "not an answer" or "low quality answer".
At first I thought your comment was hilarious; I was LOL'ing out loud (yes I know that's redundant).
Then I clicked your link.
Turns out, it wasn't so funny. Maybe I just didn't "get" it, but it seemed completely random. The OP wasn't asking something like "How can I debug Python?" for the answer "Tranquilize it first" to make any sense... "pulling out the teeth" made simply no sense as an answer to a question about regexes, as funny as it stood on its own.
(IMHO, it would've been better if the pun was on something related to the question, not just the subject.)
Part of being a mod is giving up the ability to tell users they are butthurt whiners, that they need to get over the fact that their language of choice is a disaster, that the dumbest questions come from Android devs, that "42" is not an answer to anything except "how can I prove I'm the lamest person on the internet," that english-as-a-2nd/3rd/4th-language does not excuse the fact that your question is so off-topic I want to punch you through the intertubes, that nobody cares if you are offended because your very existence offends us all, that it is clearly obvious from your question that you shouldn't be let near a computer let alone a software project, that your question is roughly the equivalent of "want drive fast how maek car," and that in all likelihood even your mother thinks you are ugly and smell.