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31 votes

What warranted multiple downvotes and a delete vote here?

It was unclear and mostly wrong and showed a lack of expertise Note that all of this, more or less, was brought up as suggestions for improvement in the comments under your answer (by multiple people ...
Rubiksmoose's user avatar
29 votes

Does this answer about towns protecting themselves against dragons really need to be deleted?

Deletion is entirely inappropriate Deleting answers has historically been, and should continue to be, reserved for truly egregious cases. When it says “Not an Answer,” that is very literal—it is for ...
KRyan's user avatar
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21 votes

What should be done when there is an incorrect common answer that keeps getting deleted when the answerer realizes their mistake?

Put a comment on the question, submit an edit with that note in the question, or submit an answer that says "while it's a common misconception that..."
mxyzplk's user avatar
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18 votes

Why was my answer deleted?

Because Being […] off topic for the game [is] misleasing to DW readers, and we already have system agnostic questions about this topic. It is a really bad idea to answer questions about games ...
SevenSidedDie's user avatar
16 votes

Partial answer deleted as not an answer re: Medieval law and a tabletop role-playing game

The answer was deleted because it didn't answer the question. When a question on RPG.SE asks about a particular TTRPG system, it's expected that the answer be relevant to that system. Without ...
MikeQ's user avatar
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15 votes

Is it okay to post a non-answer and then delete it if I intend to come back later and write an actual answer?

There are legitimate uses that we could never distinguish from illegitimate ones, and the illegitimate uses are not serious enough to consider throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Do we seriously ...
KRyan's user avatar
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15 votes

Should we delete this -17 answer that appears as an answer snippet in google search?

Yes The answer is wrong. Pure and simple. What a search engine chooses to show or not is a red herring in this case. At best it served as a catalyst to consider the answer but search engine previews ...
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14 votes

Should we delete this -17 answer that appears as an answer snippet in google search?

No - That's Google's Problem Google has a faulty algorithm that is picking up the wrong answer. Google has control over that algorithm - we don't. We might change our policy to do something that works ...
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Are we comfortable with our current position on deleting general answers to system specific questions?

I think that such answers should be deleted, because they don't answer the question as posed. First, what is the criteria for deletion? From meta.stackexchange, For answers, any post that is not ...
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Why do my answers and comments keep getting shut down because I say "thank you"?

Answers must answer the question. From the help center article on answer deletion (italics mine): Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are: ...
Thomas Markov's user avatar
11 votes

Let us discuss the reasons that play a role when evaluating to vote for deleting a low-quality answer

The deletion privileges page reads: You may vote to delete answers in the following cases: The answer is extremely low quality: There is little to no scope for improvement Of course, this is ...
Thomas Markov's user avatar
10 votes

Please undelete my answer regarding the worthlessness of high school friendships

Your personal views seem to be at odds with the site's code of conduct The site's code of conduct states We don’t tolerate any language likely to offend or alienate people based on race, gender, ...
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9 votes

Is it okay to post a non-answer and then delete it if I intend to come back later and write an actual answer?

It's not an issue. In isolation from badges, it has no real effect whatsoever. It doesn't hurt anything or anyone. For those that do this, it seems to be a convenient way to effectively create a to-do ...
doppelgreener's user avatar
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Can we have an Opinion deletion reason?

Those are optional automatic comments. You’re welcome to leave your own, manual comment, and then mark “No comment necessary.” We are not in any way restricted to those, and there aren’t really ...
KRyan's user avatar
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Why isn't it possible to delete an accepted answer?

For a fairly pragmatic reason: the Stack Exchange software has guards to prevent people from deleting material that's critical to a Q&A site's usefulness. That includes questions that have non-...
doppelgreener's user avatar
9 votes

Are we comfortable with our current position on deleting general answers to system specific questions?

I'd like to offer my perspective on what went on there. At the time I removed answers, that question had two low-quality answers that don't meet our citation requirements. One was from a user saying “...
doppelgreener's user avatar
8 votes

What warranted multiple downvotes and a delete vote here?

On the downvotes, this answer (sorry to put it this way) displays a lack of expertise in a few places: The proficiency bonus for the character posed (6th-level) would be +3, not +2. Proficiency ...
nitsua60's user avatar
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8 votes
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When should I vote to undelete an answer?

It’s kind of like how the privilege to unhold/reopen works: “should this be on hold? I don’t think it should be; I’m voting to reopen.” The undelete privilege is the same: vote to undelete when you ...
SevenSidedDie's user avatar
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Why was this answer to the question "Can a player choose to fail a spell's ability check contest?" deleted?

It is site practice to delete unsupported answers Admittedly it's never really documented/discussed on it's own, but mostly in the discussions around fun topics like game recommendations and designer ...
Someone_Evil's user avatar
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Improvement on Deleted Answers Help Page - deletion due to rpg.se policies

I think this slightly misunderstands why the answer was deleted. (And, for the record, I'm not sure I agree with the deletion. But that's prejudiced by my friction with the "never tag the system&...
nitsua60's user avatar
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7 votes

Please undelete my answer regarding the worthlessness of high school friendships

No. Your answer and question violate the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct. First, the introduction to the Code of Conduct says: Whether you’ve come to ask questions or to generously share what you know,...
Thomas Markov's user avatar
7 votes

What warranted multiple downvotes and a delete vote here?

I will detail my reason for downvoting. I cannot speak for anyone else, and downvotes do not and should not require an explanation (although explanations on how to improve a post are always helpful, ...
David Coffron's user avatar
7 votes

Should we delete this -17 answer that appears as an answer snippet in google search?

No Stack Exchange sets the criteria for answer deletion as follows: The answer is extremely low quality: There is little to no scope for improvement. The answer doesn't attempt to answer the question;...
Pyrotechnical's user avatar
7 votes

Should we delete this -17 answer that appears as an answer snippet in google search?

Although we don't need to do anything on account of Google itself, this highlights a potential gap for us to address in our Q&A collection: We don't have an actual question covering whether ...
doppelgreener's user avatar
6 votes

What warranted multiple downvotes and a delete vote here?

I'll own the delete vote I voted to delete because of the misinformation in the post. I felt that because OP seemed like a new player, the answer that currently included misleading information was ...
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Why was my answer to a question about the naming of oozes deemed "not an answer"?

Unsupported answers may be deleted I had voted to delete because while your initial argument on there not being an explanation was reasonable, the remaining part about what you suspect may be going ...
NotArch's user avatar
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The best answer to my question was deleted by its owner; what do I do?

If assuming they did it for a good reason is off the table, you could @ them on your question, it’s still in context, and ask “@whoever I was liking that answer why delete?” It may not ping them but ...
mxyzplk's user avatar
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4 votes

What should be done when there is an incorrect common answer that keeps getting deleted when the answerer realizes their mistake?

It may be okay to leave one of the answers up with a pile of downvotes. This is what has happened on the linked question. A substantial negative score is a great sign post that says "this answer ...
Thomas Markov's user avatar
4 votes

Are we comfortable with our current position on deleting general answers to system specific questions?

Focusing on experiences where I was the person asking the question, Inapplicable answers force more work on the question-writer My experience has been that when I ask a question and get an ...
Alex P's user avatar
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4 votes

The best answer to my question was deleted by its owner; what do I do?

At worst, you could repost their answer as your own (with credit) This doesn't help if you have less than 10k rep, but in this case that's not a problem. If the user doesn't undelete their answer and ...
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