The related question:

What do you call all the pieces of a song minus the lyrics

My answer was:

Basically, I'd go for 'Music'. But I might be wrong, but I might be right?

(the second sentence is an idea borrowed from PiL - Rise: http://www.songlyrics.com/pil/rise-lyrics/)

and I got 9 upvotes and 6 downvotes.

Can someone tell me why me post was deleted, costing me 78 rep points?

My answer had received numerous upvotes. How does anyone have the right to delete an answer that has earned the user rep points? As this is a community site, and the community has decided an answer is worthwhile, then this surely ought to take precedence.

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    See Why did I delete your answer?. Commented May 11, 2016 at 10:56
  • @MattE.Эллен; that applies to 0.5 of the answers on SE, and if i cant use the word 'music'?
    – JMP
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 11:02
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    You can use the word music, just explain your answer fully. Commented May 11, 2016 at 12:58
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    I am sorry for your loss, but it would not have been deleted if you had followed @NVZ's advice. The answer is too short.
    – user140086
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 14:34
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    You received a total of nine upvotes and six downvotes, i.e. 90 - 12 = 78 And it's likely the answer received more than one flag, presumably for low quality
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 20:34
  • @JJJ No, that's no duplicate, it's completely unrelated. I don't have the rep to see deleted posts, but the comments clearly point to JonMark's answer being deleted (presumably for low quality) and he was bemoaning the loss of the points that his answer had accumulated. The post you link to is about losing rep when a user is removed, which is entirely different. Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 4:03
  • JonMarkPerry is there a reason why you edited your post? Did you want your question on meta to be re-evaluated or attract greater attention? The solution is simple, edit your deleted post, write a full proper answer–not consisting of one word–and ask one of the mods to undelete it. By the way, the line about maybe you're right, maybe you're wrong, went way over my head and perhaps for others too. I don't think it's a particular famous song lyric, a link, or saying "quoting from blah, blah," might have dissuaded (not saying it would) a few of the downvoters.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 7:36
  • @Mari-LouA; when I re-looked at the post, there was a 'duplicate' issue, one of the options was 'no, I disagree this post is a dupe, please edit and tick no' sort of thing, which I did. It's not a famous song, I never said it was, I just like it.
    – JMP
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 7:57
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    Ahh, now I get it. You edited after JJJ had voted to close it as a dupe. You did well, in that case. Back to the original query: The problem with your answer was that you never explained anything. Which is kinda ironic seeing as you're asking for an explanation of the deletion.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 7:59
  • @Mari-LouA; I've edited my answer now as well, hopefully it now explains my logic.
    – JMP
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 8:28
  • Don't forget to flag it and ask the mods to undelete it. You could edit the meta post, add this addendum to it. Good luck. P.S. Google is not a dictionary, cite the proper one! P.P.S Add a link too.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 8:31
  • @MattE.Эллен The author has edited their answer to be a reasonable one and doesn't deserve to be deleted. However, since a mode (you) deleted it, the system doesn't allow those with quasi-mod powers to undelete it. Can you please undelete this answer?
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 14:10
  • @Mitch yes, I can. Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 14:16
  • @MattE.Эллен Excellent, thanks.
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 14:31
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    @JonMarkPerry Yay! reopened. To be honest, your first answer was crap. No it is a good answer. I don't know if it is worth 9 upvotes, but it isn't now worth 6 down. Unfortunately, those voters are unlikely to notice that change. This meta question though... it originally was also a bit... needy. Now it is an OK question (and was acted upon). The title though is still ... needy, which probably accounts for its downvotes.
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 14:35

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As the comments above suggest, your answer was flagged as low-quality and therefore removed by the community (or by a moderator, perhaps. See why).

I recall that I had posted a comment asking you to improve your answer, but you didn't pay attention. The up-votes you got were because it was a good suggestion (i.e. music). The down-votes were probably because it was not a good answer; it showed a lack of effort.

You have enough rep and badges, so I'm sure you know what a good answer is supposed to be. And if you would rather suggest a word without any explanation, use the comments section, so that someone else may use your suggestion to write a detailed answer themselves.

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    I like your answer, especially the last part.
    – user140086
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 18:38
  • @Rathony Thank you, and I've a slight confusion. Should it be "themself" instead of "themselves"?
    – NVZ Mod
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 18:46
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    +1 for a good answer. [Themselves or themself is unnecessary. However, to answer your question: "someone else.......detailed answer themself" or "others may use....detailed answers themselves."]
    – ab2
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 19:11
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    For more (and much, much better) on themselves/themself, see english.stackexchange.com/questions/216617/… Excellent question, excellent comments and terrific answers.
    – ab2
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 20:11
  • @ab2 thank you. Amazing answers there. :)
    – NVZ Mod
    Commented May 13, 2016 at 1:40

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