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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 think there's many great answers here that have valid points and good suggestions that I think at least justifies an explanation. Since I put a bounty on it, I figured I'd drop my 2 cents as well: To begin with, I would like to make a few quotations to outline my need to get a better answer: Quotes that explains (or doesn't) the decision of status-...


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No, I didn't decide to start deleting your answers out of nowhere. You had at least ten spam flags across those answers and I was processing those flags. Looking at them, yes, you did disclose that they were your product, but the links didn't seem integral to the answer provided; the answers look like they can stand alone without the link/product mention. ...


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The situation has completely changed on deleted questions now that we are banning users from asking questions because of their self-deletions and bad questions. We need to enable those users to see their deleted questions so that they can edit them into shape, and if they self-deleted, then undelete them. We need to help and encourage them to do the work ...


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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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I thought this topic had been beaten to death, and that I was operating within the limits of established policy: It's been a couple of years since we last talked about this, so let's review the conclusion of the last discussion... And the aftermath. The conclusion The first thing you should've taken away from that discussion was the realization that this ...


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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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This came up in the chat yesterday (and no!, don't bother going there and discuss it — all you will do is annoy the regulars, because nobody spoke up in your favor) and I was appalled to learn that, after I escaped you spamming Usenet, I find you doing the same here. (I must have seen you doing this first sometimes in the in the 90s.) FYI: I went through ...


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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) That's helpful for doing meaningful research that requires looking at activity on the site without being ...


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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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If you can point me to any of those answers that have been deleted that are actual answers, then I'll be happy to undelete them. The question is What are the proper use cases for Android UserManager.isUserAGoat()? This is important because it's not asking whether or not it's an easter egg, or what the possible reasons for its inclusion are; or for everyone ...


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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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No, you shouldn't. Not receiving any upvotes does not necessarily indicate a bad answer. I personally have some answers which received little attention, but seem to gather some upvotes even a year after the fact. If your answer is correct, all you would be doing is destroy valuable content. And even if you receive downvotes, the best thing to do is find ...


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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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I have to admit, fairly, that Round 2 is completely my fault. I linked to your profile in the chat as an example of someone who self-promoted way too much. And, well, the other Loungers had a look and didn't take it too kindly. Look, you have 1,600 answers. If a few of them point to your products, then whatever. But when 60% of them point to your products, ...


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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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