I want it back.
I am referring to an answer which was posted on my question: Did the English call a fruit “openærs” for 700 years?
NB Users with 10,000 rep are able to view deleted posts
The owner, Pisces, deleted his/her post on October 23 at 14:43. A post which I had awarded 350 bounty points, I therefore claim rightful possession. That answer belongs to me, I like it, I “paid” for it, so I want it back!
Seriously though, I would like the post to be undeleted. Apart from not understanding why the owner deleted a perfectly good post, which had also earned 8 upvotes, I would also like to know why I wasn't alerted. Inexplicable deletions of "good" answers (I don't care about the crappy ones) harm not only the overall quality of questions posted, but, in my opinion, harm EL&U as a whole.
And I would like to be informed/notified whenever a user deletes a post from one of my questions. The user is free to delete his or her post, but at the very least I am warned, and I might be in time to dissuade them from carrying out this action. Another excellent reason why this site would benefit from having personal/private messages system included.
(pause.... she remembers that user Pisces had also posted an answer on a different question of hers, she checks....)
I want that answer back as well, please.
It seems that Pisces has deleted all but one of their answers.
Before users start posting answers stating I don't "own" Pisces posts, I realize this. But I'm not entirely clear as to who owns our posts. Is it SE, the community, or the original posters? There's some mumbo-jumbo legalese posted here, for those curious to know more: Who owns the content I post? and here: Creative Commons, Legal Code
I think my question deserves attention because when good answers are deleted from any site, that site is immeasurably poorer. What for instance would happen if Jon Skeet were to delete ALL his answers from SE Overflow? Could he do that? He is the "owner" of his posts, or isn't he?
UPDATE (sort of...)
Looking in the archives of Meta StackExchange brought little comfort. A question posted seven years ago: What to do when a user deletes all their questions and answers? One answerer suggests that users either do nothing or hunt for the deleted answers, and save them on their own computers. Two users suggests that a deleted post can be reversed and be made a Community Wiki or anonymous. In a second SE meta post,Is it ok for a user to remove *all* their contributions? @Rosinante says
Last time this happened, the defacement was all reverted and then some negotiation between the management and the user ensued. The site makes it clear that people who type stuff in here are granting a license, and so defacing your own stuff is no better than defacing anyone else's.
No mention of warning the OP or a bounty benefactor when a user deletes their answer that has been awarded a bounty. In my case, I have offered two bounties in vain.