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Why on earth was this excellent answer deleted?

This should be undeleted. One word, which isn't even a curse or particularly harsh does not justify deletion. This is utter nonsense.
22 votes

Is it acceptable to make invidious comparisons and innuendoes?

I don't see any problems with Kate's use of hyperbole in this situation. The point of that paragraph, as I interpret it, is to preempt the argument of As long as the content is PG-13, any news source ...
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Why on earth was this excellent answer deleted?

Why on earth was this excelent answer deleted? Seems that it was flagged as offensive/spam and locked by Community. IMHO, I agree that this is a valuable answer although it may feel like a splash of ...
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18 votes

Why on earth was this excellent answer deleted?

The answer was deleted by Community from flags, which of course also locks the post. A moderator in no way locked or deleted the post, this was done by the system here due to flags. I have removed ...
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16 votes
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Why was my edit rolled back?

I rolled it back - The changes that were made changed the intent of what I was trying to say in many cases. For example I was talking about account logins and it was changed to refer to file access. I ...
11 votes
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What if non-English text in a post doesn't appear to say what the author claims?

Should I just assume the poster is correct and approve the post because I don't have the Japanese language skills? If you are not certain how to handle and edit or review, the best thing to do is to ...
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10 votes

Why was this comment – which suggested an improvement to my answer – deleted?

I say that I agree with what that mod said to you: If you consider that comment useful, include it in your answer if you wish so. If the comment is as useful as you say, then it must have valid ...
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10 votes

Why was my edit rolled back?

When it comes to editing answers you generally have to be much more conservative with your changes. Only copyediting is really allowed there. Even changes that incorporate comments, whether posted by ...
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9 votes

How can we address a poor but highly voted answer with potential legal implications

The following applies to Revision 3 of the linked answer, the one that was current at the time of this post. The answer uses the fuzzy term "right". Sometimes when people say something is "your ...
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Is it acceptable here to answer a question with "Go ask someone else?"

Is it acceptable here to answer a question with “Go ask someone else?” No, because you should be voting to close instead. If all you can say is "we can't answer this question" then that's about as ...
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8 votes

Why on earth was this excellent answer deleted?

Only someone who just hatched and had their first peek into the world would find anything offensive in that post. Frankly they probably never visited a forum or discussion on the internet...or the ...
7 votes

Is it acceptable here to answer a question with "Go ask someone else?"

"Ask your manager" may be rather succinct, but in some cases it is perfectly appropriate and correct. As with all answers, if we don't like the answer we can downvote. If we like it we can upvote. Or ...
7 votes

Is it acceptable to make invidious comparisons and innuendoes?

The reason I found it not only not objectionable, but actually appropriate, was this paragraph in the Original Poster's question: As is not wholly uncommon in such media, it has a sorry reputation ...
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Can we remove wrong perception of "cowboy" from this answer?

"I used to joke that they would only deploy new software if they were wearing their cowboy hats." In what way was this sentence offensive to you? I have only my only limited experience to draw ...
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Why was nothing done about this racial stereotype?

The post wasn't flagged (except once to request comment cleanup). I'm guessing that the moderator who handled the comments focused on the many comments (there are currently 47 deleted ones), in ...
6 votes

Can we remove wrong perception of "cowboy" from this answer?

Cowboy coding seems a perfectly reasonable thing to say. There was no implication that it was an actual cowboy on a horse. Complaining about it seems a bit 'non-cowboy' if anything.
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Is my answer not useful or was it misunderstood

When you have the lead of your answer "They are obviously bad at their job", that's what people are going to think you mean. I can see no other way to interpret it, and you were pretty clear about it....
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Do I recommend specific training?

If the specific course helped you and is something that is broadly available (i.e. something that readers might be able to follow up on), then it sounds like adding it would enhance your answer. When ...
5 votes

How can we address a poor but highly voted answer with potential legal implications

This probably won't make me friends over here, but I believe that at this point, question should be closed and deleted, so that whatever is there in the answer(s) won't matter at all. As far as I can ...
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Before I enter the review queues, please evaluate this Q&A combo

Actually, sharing wisdom is what this site is about. However, the wisdom we share needs to address a general question as well as the specific. The reasons for being off-topic are wrapped around the ...
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5 votes
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Comments moved to chat, link is 404

The chatroom was automatically deleted for inactivity, which happens when a chatroom has less then 15 messages total or messages only by one user after 7 days of the last message. To view deleted ...
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Why was this comment – which suggested an improvement to my answer – deleted?

Comments are ephemeral by nature. The mod was correct. If you think a comment is worth adding to your answer, you add it to your answer. You can post "As per the comment left by Don Thermidor, the ...
4 votes
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Can we remove wrong perception of "cowboy" from this answer?

The answer was edited some hours ago by one of our Mods, and the problematic content removed. It now does not contain the cowboy part, which was a bit unnecessary IMHO. I'd say that the problem is ...
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Is my answer not useful or was it misunderstood

Adding to the other general advice here. People down-vote for numerous reasons. They don't like the content your answer They don't like you They don't think you structured your answer effectively. ...
3 votes

What should we do about the "reduced offer" question?

Both answers are low quality, chatty, tangential musings, one at +6/-4 is more prominently so and has been luckily caught on that faster and double-luckily has quickly got a comment clearly pointing ...
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Is my answer not useful or was it misunderstood

I agree with Richard's answer, but I also want to add that a single downvote just means that one person on the internet didn't like your answer. We can't force people to explain their vote, so it's ...
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Can we remove wrong perception of "cowboy" from this answer?

The term "cowboy" as it was used can generate a visceral response. It is often used as a pejorative by Americans living on the coastlines to disparage people in the heartland of the US. To ...
2 votes

Why was my edit rolled back?

They can roll back just because they feel like it, or their mouse has an issue clicking randomly on the screen. No reason needs be given as far as I know.
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