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This CoC is getting out of control--it's eating zombies now

One of the best answers on this website was deleted late last year. Why is asking a question on "best practice" a bad thing? Well, actually, it wasn't just deleted, the answerer was struck ...
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How did this answer manage to garner 50 incorrect “not an answer” flags in less than an hour?

Here's the original answer: Thank you guys for all your help, it seems that the error was on the gridview1.rows(i).cells(4), it was hidden that is why there was nothing to compare to. anyways, i ...
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My accepted answer was deleted, didn't match FAQs

I answered this question. My answer was accepted as correct, and then a moderator deleted it. I read the "Why was my question deleted?" FAQs and it didn't match any category. Any help here? Here is ...
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Declined NAA flag - why? [duplicate]

This answer looks very much as not-an-answer to me but was declined (no evidence). On the bright side: it was at least deleted :-) Screenshot so <10K can judge as well: Any idea as to why my ...
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Someone duplicated my answer to my own question, remains there after flagging and even got upvoted

I posted this question. Then because nobody answered I continued debugging and eventually found the answer. For future purposes for other people I put the solution in the answer box. Then someone ...
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Why was my 'Be Best' Winter Bash knitting removed?

Earlier this month, I posted a Winter Bash knitting (10k only link) based on the First Lady's Be Best campaign promoting well-being and online safety, containing the knitted text 'Be Best' in red/blue ...
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Declined flag, but accepted in practice

I flagged this answer (> 10k only) for being a link-only answer (using the other flag option) and the flag got declined with the following motivation: Let's give him a chance to fix it. It's been 3 ...
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Why was answer deleted?

In response to a question about how to create an iOS view dynamically on the basis of JSON response from a server, I wrote a lengthy response, which the OP up voted and accepted. Frankly, I thought ...
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Why was my post deleted?

A few days ago I asked a question about await. I got one helpful answer, which I accepted, but in the end await just makes it harder to read, and requires async keywords in nested functions. So I ...
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Why was my answer deleted by a moderator? [closed]

Please don't take this the wrong way, I am not judging but just trying to understand how to improve myself and how to become a more helpful member to this community. I saw a question on MySQL and ...
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My edit of an existing answer to turn it into a more general solution was rolled back because said to be addressing a specific case issue [closed]

I edited an answer on Stack Overflow, because I encountered an issue in a specific case where the original solution wasn't working: the change I made helps to make the solution work in a wider range ...
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Is this really not spam?

Today I flagged this answer as spam. I thought it was really obvious, user linking to a site with same name as the user, the link was also in the profile. Additionally the answer seemed rather content-...
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What can cause an answer to get deleted without information about who actually deleted it?

Usually when answer gets deleted directly (i.e. not as side effect of its parent question deleted) it says "deleted by [name here] [time stamp]". Plus, it always leave a revision. However, I just ...
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Why was my detailed and informative answer deleted?

I'm new to the Stack Exchange family of sites. Yesterday I posted a solution to an open question ("How can I access a database stored in my .apk without copying it?") in the hopes of helping future ...
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Answer in meta deleted because it was unpopular?

My answer (10k+ only) in the question Stack Overflow is overrun with bullies? has been deleted. I realize that my answer is not popular (I got a bunch of downvotes), but I have reread the FAQ and ...
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Why was this +999 answer deleted?

Why was this answer to a very popular question about the --> operator in C++ deleted? It seems to me that it provides good sarcasm and references to solve the question. Here's the answer (for ...
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Why was this answer of mine deleted?

I would like to know the reason why this answer was deleted. Here is the full content of the answer: Try http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/msearch.el All occurences of the text selected with the ...
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Why were these “Very low quality” flags declined?

I flagged both this and that answers for "very low quality". The former because it's just a link without even a minimal summary, and the second because it isn't comprehensible whatsoever. Both were ...
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Why was a flag on this “I have this problem too” answer declined?

This answer is, in my view, an "I have this problem too" post, but my flag as "Not an answer" was declined. The text of the answer is: I also have this problem with Samsung galaxy Tab 2 (with ...
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Wondering why my answer was deleted as the best answer does not work [closed]

I had decided to answer a question due to eventually cracking the issue that the questioner raised. The highest voted answer (1) had been answered that would work in a general case but not this ...
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Is “Source codes are free upon request” acceptable?

The author of this answer mostly describes the performance of his solution, with a bit of hint about the implementation. He ends the answer with "Source codes are free upon request". I think that ...
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Why was a correct answer deleted and converted to a comment?

Please refer to the following question (on SO): How to list all the files changed by a perforce change list One of the answers to the question was deleted and converted to a comment: Although many ...
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What is going on with this deleted answer?

I'm a bit confused by this Q&A pair: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/253062/dimensional-analysis-problem (10k on Physics, or dev team.) The question looks like this: Of note: The ...
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Am I wrong to flag an OP answering their question multiple times?

Regarding this question, the OP has asked a question and then posted 2 solutions neither of which is satisfactory. Personally, I think those details should be part of the question (clarification of ...
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Should this answer be deleted due to linking to (potentially) malicious content

The accepted answer to Integrating Prolog with C# has a link when clicking that link. Chrome reports the server to be known for malware. Is that reason to delete the answer/link. I believe the project ...
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Why is this answer not considered “link only”?

I came across this answer that I flagged as "a link only answer" (flagged manually, not via low quality review task): Maybe it's your antivirus. Are you using avast if so look at this https://...
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Why was a legitimate answer of mine deleted?

Robert Harvey decided to delete this answer of mine, and I have no freaking idea why. None of the FAQ reasons seem to apply. So some sort of an explanation would be nice, as right now I have no idea ...
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Upvoted answer to a very specific question deleted

My answer to this question has been deleted. This is a very relevant question (with 2 upvotes) and my answer specifically addressed what was asked and I provided a working solution. I suppose that's ...
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Please undelete my answer that clarifies the existing accepted answer

A moderator deleted my answer on Stack Overflow that fixed a bug in the accepted answer. My response to the moderator's comments are below: Moderator: "This is more or less an exact duplicate of the ...
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Why was this flagged answer (not an answer) declined?

I flagged this answer as not an answer, and it was declined: declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer The answer does not answer the ...
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Old recommendation answer flags declined?

This user joined two days ago, and in that time has posted two answers. Both are late answers to old topics. The text of the two answers are word-for-word identical: I don't know if it can be ...
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Is this copy/paste from an offline but not CC-licensed source acceptable?

This question about virtual table tables in C++ spawned a handful of answers that quoted an apparently authoritative or well-regarded source back in 2011. Since then, the source website has gone ...
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Understanding why this not an answer flag was declined?

I was reviewing the list of flagged posts, and came across one that was marked as "Not an Answer". The full response was: i have same problem, pls answer to this I agreed with the existing flag, ...
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Should we rollback / improve the answer on “Database schema documentation”

I'm about to rollback the community wiki answer on Database schema documentation for the public data dump and SEDE It was seriously overhauled in revisions 75 and 76 but I had to do a partial patch ...
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Truncated answer [closed]

Why is this answer truncated: Why are many of the banking sites implemented in Java rather than .NET?? While long, it should not exceed the maximum length and the source contains the full text:
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What to do with a highly-voted bad answer? [duplicate]

I think the most highly voted answer to this question is not a good idea in that one should not really be copying files from a JDK and moving them to a JRE. I added an answer and a comment to that ...
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What to do when an answer links to a subscription-only site?

In this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3587959/wpf-datagrid-binding-a-custom-column The OP answered his own question adding a link to Experts Exchange which you can not see unless you ...
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How did this answer get so many upvotes in only an hour?

I just noticed that this answer received an impossible number of upvotes over the past hour or so. I've seen popular answers before, but this just doesn't seem likely because: The question was ...
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Where did I go wrong flagging this answer?

We have the following question on Stack Overflow: Convert a video to MP4 (H.264/AAC) with ffmpeg If I don't make a mistake, Safari currently need MP4 (H.264/AAC) video encoded for the HTML5 <...
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Why was my answer deleted by a moderator [closed]

This looks not good. I have answered a question last week. https://stackoverflow.com/q/11469085/603744. But this question was closed by a moderator today and my answer to this question was deleted to ...
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Why delete a well rated accepted answer?

My question had nearly 9000 hits so its quite popular and many Django web developers would like to know how to utilize Fontawesome. Over a year ago I had come across the opensource project Raty and ...
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Should this “not an answer” flag have been disputed? [duplicate]

I recently flagged this as "not an answer". It's a link-only answer without an actual link. Full text: For anyone still stuck, codeacademy.com has an excellent practical tutorial on prototypes in ...
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Why did my answer become Community Wiki, history says I did that, but I didn't? [closed]

This is rather odd. For some reason, my answer became Community Wiki all of a sudden. In the history of the page is says so that I did, but I wouldn't even know how to, so I'm pretty sure I didn't. ...
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I flagged a link-only answer as “not an answer” but my flag was declined [duplicate]

Earlier I flagged this "answer": Please used this tutorial here I flagged it as "not an answer" since this is how we are supposed to flag link-only answers, but received the following response. ...
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Other than downvoting, how can I make someone understand an answer is terrible?

Answer in question (well that's awkward): https://stackoverflow.com/a/14031761/438992 I'm specifically not asking for a doggie-pile, but rather a way to extend the discussion beyond question ...
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Why does Stack Overflow make all my answers community wiki? [duplicate]

My recent answers got turned into community wiki (CW) state automatically. I know about answers getting turned into community wikis after 10 edits - which I think is not right anyway if I was the only ...
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What was the reason for this answer being deleted? [closed]

I've been on SO for about five months now, and I thought I had a handle on how to write reasonable answers. So I was quite surprised when my recent answer was deleted. I read the FAQ about "why was my ...
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Why has my answer been deleted?

I'm quite new to Stack Overflow. I've answered a question here fastest way to set every pixel Looks like question author found my answer helpful. I'm not trying to argue or anything, just to ...
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Wondering why what appears to be valid answer got deleted

This old question got a quick answer which explained nicely the question at stake and got 11 upvotes in total. The answer was deleted one hour ago. Worth to mention the answer contains a link to "...
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I don't understand why my answer deleted to my own question?

I answered my own question, but I do not know why it got deleted. Apparently a moderator deleted it, so I, as the asker, cannot delete it. My answer was Install phpmailer. Here is a sample on ...