I answered a good solid question in [objc] today with what I thought was a decent answer; the question owner later inexplicably deleted it. I think the question should be kept around.*

I'd raise a mod flag, but there's nowhere to attach it to. I found a suggestion here on Meta:

I'm not sure if this is the best way, but if you post a meta question about it and include a link to the question, 10k users can vote to undelete it.

and I thought it was worth a try. Could any 10k members who have a moment to spare please give this deletion a review?

Drawing a simple circle on the UIImageView

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Thank you.

EDIT: Just to clarify (although it's apparent in the screenshot, thank you for that, YOU) -- I didn't think that there was a system error involving loss of upvotes or something like that. I apologize if I gave that impression. The rep issue was only the potential rep that I might have gotten from the answer; I am concerned about that, but I am also concerned about the content of the question and the answer.

UPDATE: As of UTC 7:26, 16 Apr 2011, the question in question has been undeleted. I don't know how or by whom. This Meta question is moot; it should perhaps be closed. Thanks to anyone who troubled him/herself to look into this, and especially Arjan.

UPDATE to the UPDATE: The revisions link was just pointed out to me, so I can now thank Daniel DiPaolo, Gabe, and Cody Gray for their interest.

* I'll admit that rep for my answer is on my mind too

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    I'm hesitant to vote to undelete a question that was deleted by the person who wrote it. – tvanfosson Apr 16 '11 at 5:13
  • @tvan: I don't see any reason it should have been deleted. Heck, it might have been an accident. – Gabe Apr 16 '11 at 5:22
  • @tvan: I understand. I'm not 100% sure myself that it should be undeleted; I just wanted others to take a look at it. Thanks! – Josh Caswell Apr 16 '11 at 5:23
  • @tvanfosson, I can't see it, but does the answer look worthwhile? Then, if that answer would have been given some time to earn one single upvote, the new deletion rules wouldn't even allow for a deletion by the author. (That aside, I hope a moderator can peek into the history of deleted questions. This might be another user complaining about being banned from asking questions soon...?) – Arjan Apr 16 '11 at 7:13
  • Looks like its got undeleted now. – YOU Apr 16 '11 at 7:29
  • @YOU: indeed. Thanks for the screenshot, BTW. – Josh Caswell Apr 16 '11 at 7:31
  • @Josh, stackoverflow.com/posts/5683492/revisions - for the record – YOU Apr 16 '11 at 7:31
  • @YOU: Good to know. – Josh Caswell Apr 16 '11 at 7:38
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    It's a perfectly valid question that may be helpful to others in the future. I didn't think we even allowed users to delete their own questions if an answer with at least one upvote had been provided. That's why I undeleted the question. It's not noise, and it deserves to stick around. Too many users delete their own questions after having gotten an answer, either because they're finished with the question, or they're somehow "embarrassed" at having to ask. Both of those ignore the main purpose of this site, to provide a general resource for the community. – Cody Gray Apr 17 '11 at 5:19
  • (@Cody, as an aside: there were no upvotes when the question asker deleted the question and its answer. Too bad the OP did not respond to my comment on the question.) – Arjan Apr 17 '11 at 10:57

Two possibilities, given there is reputation on an answer involved:

  1. Multiple users voted for deletion, or a moderator deleted.

  2. If not, then either it was deleted before January 11th, or deleted erroneously (please change this into a bug report then). The new rules don't allow for single click deletion by the author. Also, the question is licensed to the public domain. Without being able to see it, I'd say: undelete.

  • Thanks for the reply! The "Page Not Found" explanation says "voluntarily removed by its author", so I guess it hadn't gotten any votes at the time. – Josh Caswell Apr 16 '11 at 6:56
  • But if there are votes, @Josh, would those have been applied after deletion? Still then, given the license, I'd say: undelete. (And hopefully someone can tell the user this is not nice behavior...) – Arjan Apr 16 '11 at 6:58
  • Any idea how soon after asking the question was deleted? And how soon after answering, @Josh? – Arjan Apr 16 '11 at 7:01
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    Frustrating, though -- the question may have been deleted immediately after <strikethrough>I answered</strikethrough> the asker read my answer, meaning no time to get any upvotes. – Josh Caswell Apr 16 '11 at 7:02
  • I don't have any clear idea. I answered maybe an hour after it was posted, checked back an hour or two later, maybe. – Josh Caswell Apr 16 '11 at 7:02
  • And you're sure about the upvotes, @Josh? Or are you expecting upvotes? – Arjan Apr 16 '11 at 7:04
  • No, no; I have no idea if there were upvotes. Based on what you're saying about the deletion system, I guess that there weren't any. I'm not saying there was an error. (Certainly I was hoping for upvotes, because I think it was a good answer.) – Josh Caswell Apr 16 '11 at 7:06
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    (Still, @Josh, I asked Jeff Atwood if a time limitation would make sense too, to allow for upvoting before quickly removing.) – Arjan Apr 16 '11 at 7:06
  • Thanks, Arjan, and I think that's an excellent idea (and not just in my case :). – Josh Caswell Apr 16 '11 at 7:08
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    We'll see if Jeff happens to read it. If not, we can post a feature request, if there is no such thing yet, @Josh. – Arjan Apr 16 '11 at 7:09
  • I really appreciate your concern, Arjan. Thank you! – Josh Caswell Apr 16 '11 at 7:12

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