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 including myself). In general, if you are wondering why you are getting downvoted and there are comments pointing out flaws in your answer, they are often ...
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 cases where the Answer in question is literally not an answer at all, to anything, but instead is another question, or some kind of commentary, or otherwise ...
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 without any knowledge of the game. Even deciding that the game is irrelevant requires being an expert in the game.
We often have the problem that people feel ...
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 knowledge of the system in question, the answer's content is likely uninformed or irrelevant, and typically gets deleted.
Although the question's title "Does ...
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 an answer (should be a comment, doesn't answer the question, etc.) should be deleted. Answers that are wrong or that dispense poor advice should be downvoted, ...
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:
commentary on the question or other answers
asking another, different question
“thanks!” or “me too!” responses
exact duplicates of other answers
barely more ...
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-negative scored answers, and accepted answers. Some people, out of dumb reasons or selfish tactics, might seek to delete those later, but doing so does significant ...
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, sexual orientation, or religion — and those are just a few examples. Use stated pronouns (when known). When in doubt, don't use language that might offend or ...
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 intent requests. Specifically, when the questions type really needs supported answers, aren't getting them, and we need to talk about how to moderate them.
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 “I've never played this game but try this, I'm sure it will work”; the other was from a more established high-rep user posting another answer also without ...
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" practice that was recently re-upheld by the community.)
Problem is, seems to me: your deletion is a bit of a bank-shot. It's not that RPGSE has a policy ...
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 increases by level, as the first comment points you toward.
It posits the existence of a feat that adds to attack bonus, when no such one exists.
Experienced 5e ...
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 don’t think it should be deleted.
It takes the same number of votes from non-author, non-mod users to undelete as it takes to delete: 3. So you’re free to cast ...
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, and I make an effort to explain my downvotes).
Feats vs class features
You appear to be conflating the term "feat" and the term "class feature", which can ...
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, join us in building a community where all people feel welcome and can participate, regardless of expertise or identity.
We commit to enforcing and improving ...
A perfect example of why we shouldn't pin the highest voted answer to the top
Hold still folks, because I've got opinions and have been waiting all week to have enough time to unload them!
For this specific instance, we have a querent who is asking a question about what happens in the Forgotten Realms (FR) for a town that gets attacked by a dragon. The ...
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 on was completely unsupported conjecture. As likely as it may be, it was just a guess.
At times, that can be resolved by adding a Moderator provided notice to ...
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 potentially not just not helping, but doing harm.
My concern was that by having it, OP may have utilized the incorrect factual information to their detriment and I ...
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 doesn't respond to attempts to communicate (or they do and won't budge on their decision to delete the answer), you could copy-paste their answer as your own ...
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 is wrong", and in this case, the answer also has a helpful explanatory comment detailing why the answer is wrong.
In this situation, it is probably just ...
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 it's still likely they're viewing the question since they have participated in it.
No you shouldn’t go find another of their random posts but that’s not ...
Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed.
If we do not know what the question is, answers cannot possibly answer it. Fundamentally, the question cannot be answered in such a state. Any answer to such a question is subject to deletion per this rule. There doesn’t need to be another one.
And this question was unclear: it did not ...
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 inapplicable answer, the story doesn't end there.
I have to go over and explain why the answer is inapplicable. If I don't, my question will tend to accrue more ...
You can vote to undelete
Deleted answers can be undeleted with enough undelete votes. Of course, the author could just delete it again, but probably they'd engage in dialogue first if you left a comment. The 'undelete' button is where the delete button would be, but on deleted posts instead. It takes 3 votes to undelete something.
Do not mod-delete content posted in good faith
In my personal opinion, nobody writing an answer here in good faith trying to help another community member should ever have their post deleted by a single person that thinks the contents of the post is not good enough.
I think SE makes it pretty clear in multiple places that that is a general guideline.
The SE guidelines point towards that answer having been deleted incorrectly
I suggest reading the following:
How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?
Why shouldn't I delete wrong answers?
If a valid answer is downvoted, what's the motivation not to delete it?