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I've answered this on MSO: There was no discernable good-faith attempt at contributing to the discussion. Multiple users, staff members and moderators felt that the 'answer' was barely more than an incendiary rant, and I fully agreed. There was just so much wrong with it that it wasn't worth saving, and comments strongly indicated that any ...


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Your answer was "hated" because the question asked how to "Create a simple GUI class using windows.h" and you wrote a two-page rant culminating in a bit of code for wxwindows. I don't particularly like writing raw WinAPI GUIs either, but there are reasons for knowing how to write them and if that's what the asker wanted to learn you could have at least ...


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Yes We've added a new table called PostsWithDeleted that includes metadata from all posts, including the deleted ones. If the post is deleted, we've nulled out all fields except: ID PostTypeId ParentId CreationDate DeletionDate Score Tags (later added) ClosedDate (later added) ContentLicense (later added) That's helpful for doing meaningful research that ...


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As you insist on dragging this out into public, and people have already put time into talking about it (I was just going to delete this rant) ... No, it's not okay to bully people. Telling someone to delete their contribution is just being rude. Nicely pointing out what's wrong with it can be constructive if you consider the person's feelings. And as ...


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No, votes are not retracted if you end up falling below the privilege threshold. You just won't be able to cast any new votes until you get above that threshold again.


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The license doesn't say anything about deletion. It mandates that credit be removed if requested by the author, which we'll do by either disassociating the post or deleting either the post or your account upon request. Beyond that, it is a matter of etiquette: deleting a post can result in a net improvement to the information presented on a given question (...


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My answer too was deleted by a staff member. I flagged it for attention explaining that it did answer the OP's questions, but the flag was declined without further explanation. It received 11+ and -8 votes but it is not the voting that is bothering me, I have had posts heavily downvoted before on Meta, it's part of the game. It is the deletion and silence ...


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After digging a little, I was able to figure out that the answer was deleted because the user posted exact copies of the answer to a plethora of different questions. 1 2 3 4 5 Since you claim that the answer is helpful for that question, I'll leave that one undeleted since I already undeleted it. But at least you have some sort of explanation.


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I'm uncomfortable with the idea of a "good answer" to a "bad question". If the answer is good and useful it implies that the question is actually a good question too. It might be expressed badly or have suffered from some initial down-votes before it was knocked into shape, but ultimately it must have some use if the answers are good. I think the solution ...


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As a fellow community member who hates the whole welcoming debacle, I feel you. I'm right there with you, and I've been extremely vocal about how I dislike SE's current direction; it feels like longtime users are the enemy, not valued members. All that work to maintain quality, and...we're the problem. That sticks sideways in my craw, too. When the next ...


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It is a link-only answer to a blog post without any explanation. Link-only answers are not answers. They look like spam. Links go dead. Nobody really wants to follow a link and possibly have to sift through it to get their answer. Answers should stand on their own, with links as support (or not at all). You can edit your answer to summarize the contents of ...


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I bet that the, "Some problems in this code" isn't a reason. But rather, it's the title of a question that you answered that was deleted. (screenshot for < 10ks) When a post gets deleted, all rep that is gained/lost from it is usually reversed. If you have 10k, the title will link through to the question. So in this case, you got mislead by that (...


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You were wrong. You are complaining about a vote on a post you made Rather than accepting that you deserved the downvote, you did your best to avoid it Despite understanding why you got the downvote, you created a question solely to complain about it Bonus: You even spitefully downvoted two three people who provided answers because they don't agree with ...


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You can't. When you posted the content, you gave Stack Exchange an irrevocable license to use the content. You are welcome to delete your account if you wish to do so, which will remove your name from all the content you've previously posted. See How can I delete my account?


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You already got a bit of context from the comments as to why I deleted the answer. Two things worth clearing up: Yours wasn't the only answer I deleted; The first thing I did before touching any of the posts was to hop into a chat room with the site's mods, to talk about how to approach the post. I saw this was a recurrent event for y'all, so thought it'd ...


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Your answer resembles spam. It was promoting a resource. It's a one-line answer which doesn't even provide any guidance on how to use that resource - there's a severe lack of effort to provide a useful answer here. There are, additionally, features already built into ASP.NET to deal with the problem, so an external resource isn't necessary. For a long-term ...


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In principle, you should not have taken those actions. You care too much about votes, and you may be here for the wrong reasons. I'll quote the Stack Exchange site itself: We build libraries of high-quality questions and answers, focused on the most important topics in each area of expertise. From our core of Q&A, to community blogs and real-time chat, ...


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Its as much about what you say it as how you say it. I don't want to particularly dissect it bit by bit - and give the ideas in the answer a direct airing but the answer was pretty much an attack on the person posting the question and the community she was a part of. The nice thing about SE is we have a bit of an immune system. Looking at it - the tone (...


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Opinions are allowed, but answers should answer the question, even on Meta Stack Exchange. You merely state you agree with the feature request; the correct way to do that is by upvoting the question. If you have additional information which might help clarifying or implementing the feature request, you can consider posting a comment, but I fear this doesn't ...


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Your answer had a bit of useful information, but the overall tone was a rant, not an answer. And the rant was invalid. The Windows API is one of the most elegant I've encountered. None of the others have anything like MsgWaitForMultipleObjectsEx to provide a single event loop for UI, sockets, files, thread completion, usermode APC, and in fact any ...


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The first question is off topic anyway as a library recommendation question so I'm going to ignore that one. The other two ask on how to do something. The answers you gave were both "use this library". These answers are not wildly helpful as they don't really explain how to do anything, just suggest something to use. An analogy: Question: How do I ...


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Sorry, I'm not a fan of this move at all. Here's what it distills to: You answered a question You got a downvote on your answer You edited your answer in hopes of redeeming that downvote You deleted said answer and reposted the same answer, just to get the upvote. There was no abuse of the system (from other actors. You, however, aren't exempt from blame)...


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Jarrod has implemented animuson's suggestion: Now that we have that new "disputed low quality review" flag, can we use it for this purpose? The OP undeleting their answer is like disputing the reviewers, so whenever this happens, why not raise an auto-flag so that a moderator can take a peek at it? That way the undeletion doesn't just go unnoticed since ...


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I am mostly in favour of keeping the status quo and transparently displaying the responsible users, but I see how this got a problem in the situation described in the question. So maybe we should find a compromise and bind it to reputation? Users with a decent reputation level should have been around long enough to know that such issues should not be taken ...


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Yes. They should be deleted. There are many reasons why copy paste answers are not useful. Some of them are: Lack of effort. These answers do not show any effort. If the answers are just a copy paste from an external source, what is the need of our answer? Why should a reader read your answer? Providing a link to the original would be enough. If you say ...


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Our aversion to showing users their deleted content is just as by-design as you've probably noticed; the vast majority of posts that get deleted don't have very much lasting intrinsic value. You might immediately disagree with me, and that's fine, but I'm speaking to posts as a whole across the network. The problem that I have with notifying users of ...


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Is sole purpose of some moderators is to do autocracy / dictatorship No Moderators are users of our sites who volunteer their time to be human exception handlers and step in when the community cannot handle something. In this case, several of your answers were flagged as spam by other members of the community because they appear to be promoting your website....


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Im just wondering why my codegolf account was killed I even contributed a game concept tiny.cc/ZeVeRoH all history deleted on that site. You did not contribute a game concept, you spammed the main and meta sites with questions and answers that contained nothing more than a poster and the URL of your website. Most of your other posts were just nonsense. ...


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