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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Excessive self-deletion is a big red flag for us that a user needs to be contacted. It can mean a variety of things--from rage-quitting to severe depression--and we take it very seriously, not just because it means losing valuable content but also because it can also mean losing a valuable user. As far as ...


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The answer you posted just before asking this question was deleted because it gained "rude or abusive" flags. It does appear that you have not been stung with the 100-rep penalty which I would expect for the post being flagged and deleted. However, that sort of post is not tolerated and will be removed. If this Meta post is actually about the other deleted ...


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The main practical reason for preserving (in hidden form) answers that a poster has deleted is, as Rathony points out in a comment above, to enable the poster to reopen the post later. I have occasionally done this when I've posted an answer that a commenter has pointed out has a glaring but correctable fault that requires further research to amend; while I'...


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I think ColleenV's advice (in her comments beneath the posted question) makes perfect sense. In effect, she suggests that you perform these steps: Undelete the answer that you don't want to be visible to every person with sufficient reputation who happens to come across the relevant page. Edit the old answer by replacing the original answer with a ...


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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 ...


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I deleted your post because our community here had flagged it, including as being rude or offensive. It read like this: I use it as both "Original Post" and "Original Poster", depending on what I need at the time. "OP is an idiot who can't find his arse with both hands, a flashlight and a map!" "What you wrote is true, but does has nothing to do ...


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Your comment was deleted because its content was flagged by one or more community members in good standing acting in good faith. Because users are unable to downvote or edit comments, when they do chance upon objectionable content there, their best recourse is to raise flags against it. Under the guiding principle that Stack Exchange comments are passing ...


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I assume it's because your answer starts with "I assume it's because", and that shows that it's only your assumption, and we don't welcome assumptions in the answer box on the main ELU site. Try the comments box instead, and that we don't usually mind. As far as I know, what you wrote after "as far as I know" is unclear, to me, at least. Try quoting ...


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When casting delete votes, do please recall that normally, questions closed as duplicates should be left alone, not deleted. This is a rule of thumb only, and exceptions will always exist, but the overall idea is that many roads lead to Rome. In other words, duplicate questions can make it easier for people to find the answers if the question is phrased ...


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The reason you think deleted answers remain visible but deleted questions do not is because deleted question are more difficult to find. You can still read deleted questions because you have over 10K reps. People with less than 10K reps cannot see deleted posts at all. Look: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/30314/difference-between-histrionics-...


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You need 10K or more rep to see deleted content. You currently have ~9K on EL&U. The answer you liked read as follows: I often see the following expression in letters that have no specific recipient: To whom it may concern: To the appropriate recipient for this message, as in I didn't know who was responsible for these complaints so I ...


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Here are the important parts of the timeline: You asked the question on Signal Processing. You got an answer there. You left the following comment on said answer: [...] If you think there is no word for this, I think this question is better suited in English Language & Usage Peter K., a moderator on Signal Processing, migrated the question to ELU. (...


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I've looked at your recently deleted posts and there's very few that were deleted as spam or abusive - in general, you average about 1-2 per day from what I can tell, which isn't a lot, and far fewer than other sites on the network get. After thinking it over a bit and talking with people about it... based on the recommendations here and those I got from ...


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A feature of SE is that you are able to delete your own answer. I think it is up to you whether you want to remove the downvotes from your rep, or if you want it to stay as a sign post that your answer is in fact not the right one, which may be useful information to later readers. Yes, there is sometimes the feeling that one is covering up a failure by ...


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That answer was flagged as being so similar to one posted two years earlier that it duplicated it. The flag was handled by a moderator, who deleted the post because it fitted the published reasons for deletion: commentary on the question or other answers asking another, different question “thanks!” or “me too!” responses exact duplicates of other ...


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Sorry for the delay to my answer. I wanted to give myself time to forget your post so I could take a fresh look at it. Having reread it I have to agree with Andrew. As to why I didn't inform you that the answer wasn't an answer. Is that something that needed to happen? I've never done it before, when someone posts and answer that doesn't attempt to answer ...


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It wasn't me who deleted it (for those who can see deleted posts, it's here) but it's not an answer to the question. It's a collection of comments in the answer box, and you have found the justification in the Help: "commentary on the question or other answers". As if to make that point, it attracted three downvotes before you were saved from any more; and ...


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There is an MSE post about deletion of questions. The system will automatically delete unlocked, unanswered questions that have negative score after 30 days. I didn't realise this applied to Meta posts, but I suppose there's no reason not to. Your post was not locked, was at −1 and had no answers. The last comment on it was on March 27, ...


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All questions and answers were taken from Stack Exchange Meta Why are answers visible to 10K users? How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion? [edited May 8 2016] What does deletion mean for a post? Deleted posts are usually not physically deleted (that ...


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What you and the original answerer seem not to have taken into account is that there is a reason why newcomers are not allowed to comment. Specifically, until you have been on here for a while, you are unlikely to grasp what makes SE different from other sites. This is not a forum, but a strict Q and A site. So no 'Thank you', no argument in the comments, no ...


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It was deleted because it was too long to be a comment and it didn't answer the question.


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I truly do not understand why your answer was deleted. It was on topic. As to why the question was closed, there is a problem on this site. We used to encourage giving interesting answers to fairly simple questions, in the spirit of "a question can become interesting by adding extra information and theory in your answers beyond what the OP was asking for". ...


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From what I can see of your reputation, you do appear to have recovered the losses incurred from downvoting. With the baptism/christening question, your November 22 answer and your November 23 answer have both had their reputation penalties restored. Your "exact origin of the English language" question resulted in a net movement of reputation of zero on ...


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Moderators redact content that contains contact information (like email address or phone number), personally identifying details, passwords, or connection strings. We will often honor a request to redact content that may have potentially harmful impact to a poster as well -- this doesn't usually happen on EL&U, but occasionally happens on SO or Workplace,...


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Comments are considered to be ephemeral on ELU. Here's one source from a moderator: Comments are ephemeral and will continue to be ephemeral, so if you have something you think is worth keeping around, then post an answer or propose an edit to an existing answer rather than leave a comment. - Kit Z. Fox You ask: After promoting / converting one's ...


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I often let my (partial answer in) comment be, in case where its removal might render neighbouring useful comments contextless. I remove a comment when I feel that it's clearly obsolete, since my new answer addresses the matter that was discussed in the comments. Also, life expectancy is too short for a comment. Comment-threads get purged every day. So, I'...


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Simchona said: Your answer was flagged as "Not an Answer", to which I responded by deleting. Your answer didn't really say whether or not the apostrophe was misused. Here's the answer in question: It means each and every one of the team is an A - as in "He's fucking A, man!" Andrew Grimm commented on the answer: I wasn't the original person ...


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In most cases, you have that luxury, you can make an edit whenever you need to. Only when an answer gets deleted can you not improve it; only when the question is closed can you not leave another answer. As for when questions and answers should closed or deleted, there are several valid answers and opinions on that, but one of them is: they should be ...


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Since comments are ephemeral, I'm moving Dan Bron's to this answer. ;) I don’t think there’s a policy that overly-long comments must be moved to chat. That’s one option for what to do with them, but it’s not the only option. The policy is “overly long or chatty comments are distracting from Q&A and so must be removed”. One way to remove them is to ...


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As a long time user here, I don't see anything egregious in your answer to warrant voting to delete. It does not seem opinionated, but then I agree with most of what is said. But sociolinguistic assessment is hard to keep objective (being in the situation often means being on one side of a situation). I note that as of deleting time it had 14 upvotes and ...


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