In one of the first questions on this site, "If I was" vs "If I were", there are a slew of answers.
The question had a somewhat more recent (Feb 2018) spate of activity with a very authoritative, nuanced, and reliable answer.
Up to that time (and even up to yesterday) the highest voted answer, done on the day of the question 9 years ago, upvoted at a whopping 93, was basically Just use 'were'.
But this is all in the past. Sometime in the past day or so, the answer was flagged (I am not a mod so I don't know the flag reason), and a mod deleted the answer.
For the life of me, as much as I might disagree in fact with the answer, I see nothing that is flaggable or deletable in the answer. It's not very deep, not really the best quality, not exactly supported with data. But it is a highly upvoted answer, and I think that should stand for something.
Now, I hardly know the difference between a spate and a slew, but I think I know when the subjunctive is used in English, and that is... well it's complicated. Some people still use it, mostly young people have never heard it and bridges still seem not to collapse any more often. Sometimes my lumbago really flares up when I hear kids trampling my lawn saying "If I was a rich man...", but when I put on my linguistics hat, the subjunctive is mostly dead in English (just like 'whom'!), so I think of the answer as 'mostly wrong'.
But it seems like a misuse of flagging. What is there to flag? There's nothing rude or spammy, it's totally an answer.
Don't go against the operation of the system, use the system. Downvote that sucker if you don't agree with it. Those guys back then only had one vote each like you, they all liked the "If I were..." always answer. Just like you might on another question. You want your votes deleted? More importantly, you want 100 upvotes for your answer deleted?
So, please undelete that answer. Comment on the answer and down vote it and say it is wrong (but please give reasons and don't just say 'you are wrong nyah nyah nyah') and up vote the answer you think is right (It's tchrist's. Really).
There is a case to be made that a judge should be able to override a jury. But if thats the case, the precedent you want to make, there's a boatload of old questions, starting from Aug 2010, that we have to go through and delete because those old people are effing wrong.
I'd like people not to vote here about the subject, subjunctive, but about whether a mod should hammer delete a highly upvoted question that some people in comments disagree with. And I hope you vote here to have the question reinstated so we can downvote it and upvote ones you think are right.
Update Mar 25, 19: Thank you mods for undeleting. Everyone: act on that question as you would.
Sometime in the past day or so, the answer was flaggedHow do you know it was flagged? How can you tell?