Is there an unwritten rule that prevents a mod from advising an OP that they had better edit their question/answer because their post risks being permanently deleted? Is there some rule of conduct that says a mod cannot explain to an OP why a post risks deletion before it is deleted?
Yes, there was a link attached to the now-deleted answer on this question. And the reasons for the deletion by one mod is the following:
commentary on the question or other answers
asking another, different question
“thanks!” or “me too!” responses
- exact duplicates of other answers
- barely more than a link to an external site
- not even a partial answer to the actual question
If you wish to improve an existing answer, click the edit link beneath it
But the irony is that I cannot do anything to improve it, because it was deleted by a mod. It's gone. I have the 10k rep to see the phantasmagoric post, but I cannot do anything about it. For example, I cannot vote to un-delete it. I cannot ask fellow members on the site to reopen it either.
I am the OP who flagged several "obsolete" comments for deletion because her gut feeling told her that the train of comments was getting too long. I am the OP (read sod) who posted the question, but was not forewarned that all the comments (80% on-topic with the rest being either cheeky or funny) were going to be wiped out. And indeed they were, shifted to a nursing home by a different mod.
I am the OP who pleaded with two users to post their comments as answers, because
- although amusing and "nerdy", they were relevant.
- they were said in plain English, which I'm partial to
- they were both heavily upvoted by visitors.
Those comments have gone to a chat room. Who visits those abandoned chambers? The comments might as well be in limbo.
I retain myself to be a reasonable person, the fifty-year-milestone is fast approaching and yet, I'm treated as a child. Things have to be done behind my back.
Talk to me. Leave a comment, give me the opportunity to improve the post AND to undelete it. If three users downvoted a post because they thought it "didn't answer the question" it meant they didn't understand my aim, and that was my fault; however, the CW post contains excellent links, dictionary entries, and present-day e-magazine articles.
This question also touches on the role, the authority and responsibility a mod has; it also hints at the unilateral decisions they sometimes make.
Quite often a single mod will decide to put on hold a question that is off-topic, as defined in the Help pages, or unanswerable for any reason; this temporary closure may occur in as little as twenty minutes.
Obviously, if the post is spam, deemed offensive and blatantly off-topic; e.g. a proofreading request, it's a relief to see a "bad" question being dealt with swiftly. However, in the majority of cases, all is not lost. The OP, it is argued, has the opportunity to rectify, and improve his or her question. Users will often post suggestions, and help the OP to finalize that aim. In order to reopen a question put on hold, five users have to cast re-open votes. In the end, it is the community, or the users who frequent the site most often, who approve or disapprove of a question.
But what happens when it is an answer that is deleted by a single mod? I know full well that in my case the community-wiki post earned three downvotes, I can live with that. I can see it as an indication that users disagree with it, or that they disapprove of it. A comment is useful, and one user left such a comment, and probably downvoted the c-w post too. Fair dues. So give me the chance to fix it (I know how to fix bad posts) otherwise, leave me to decide to delete it myself, leave as is, or improve the post. But before it is deleted summarily by a mod.
The answer, two mods have pointed out, is off topic, I disagree. I have K34+ that stands for something. It represents experience, it represents a member who knows the "rules" and has abided by them. I don't want to post a new answer, it was never meant to be a "proper" answer, it was meant as a tribute to all those users who contributed to making a question fun and informative.
EDIT November 20 2015
I quit. I'll still upvote and downvote answers and questions from time to time, but as of yesterday, for a variety of reasons; e.g., users (plural term used deliberately here) pretending not to know that an awarded answer is a duplicate; I will no longer post answers or questions.
EDIT 20 December
I've started posting answers again, I like contributing and sharing.
On 18th December I finished editing the CW post, I sincerely believe that it now complies with EL&U standards, and I ask that the post be undeleted by a mod.