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Reasons why users should be able to see their own questions and answers in their profile page (from a moderator's perspective): It lessens the amount of work we need to do when a user deletes their own questions/answers and then is post banned (users can then edit their content and reflag without us having to undelete all their old content) It allows a user ...


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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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Because... it was not an answer. It basically said "read the standards." That should be in a comment if it should be anywhere at all. The "answer" does not even answer the question. Essentially, the only thing in that answer is "Read the standards," which is certainly not an answer to any question. If I was a mod, I would have deleted it. If I found it now,...


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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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Yes please. This will encourage users (probably new on Stack Exchange) to downvote VLQ/SPAM/incorrect answers without rep-lose-phobia. We can simply add this information in You gain reputation when section somewhat like this: A non-wiki answer you have downvoted is removed: +1


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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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I also find it very irritating that my answers vanish into the great void even if I invested some amount time to write the answer and it may apply to someone else who searches for a similar problem. (The time to answer the deleted question is now lost as well ...) Just because the question is bad (and gets removed) doesn't mean the answers are bad as well. ...


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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 was just a link only answer, which is not acceptable as an Answer. See the deleted answer's screen-shot, somebody might have flagged it as a link only answer, that's why it got deleted by a moderator. If you want to undelete it then just edit your answer with proper description and flag it for moderator attention.


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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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Link-only answers are frowned upon because of link rot. In your case the situation was probably aggravated by it being a link to your own blog post, as this too is generally disliked by the community. What you could have done is provided a brief summary of your blog post, along with the link and a note indicating that the blog was yours. That would've ...


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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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Same reason the rest of the voting buttons show up. That said, I agree that telling you you can't award the bounty should probably happen instead of first showing you the Big Scary Confirmation.


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When you see duplicate questions, rather than copy/pasting answers, flag them so that people with close privilege and moderators are aware of it and can do whatever necessary (closing and or merging). Do not post your answer multiple times, it is not a good use of your time. If you find a net of questions that are all the same problem, pick the best one, ...


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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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I can't shed light on the deletion of the specific post in question, as I wasn't involved. I'm not sure I would have deleted it. It's possible it will be undeleted due to the attention you've brought and argument you've made about it. I've undeleted it for now, as I think it was probably a goof to delete it. As for 'rights'; we do have the ability to ...


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