At 2am this morning (local time), I posted this answer to a question (not mine) that had also been bugging me for years. I had just figured out how to resolve it, and wanted to share it with the OP (@Stephen_Schrauger).
Then, I went to bed.
After I got up and dealt with my family, I saw a 20-minute-old comment (by moderator @Kusalananda) that said:
This is not an answer, just a plug for your private project. To make it an answer, show how to use your code to actually solve the given issue.
to which I immediately responded:
This is my own solution to my own same problem. Please give me the rest of the day to 'pretty up' this answer, it was 2 in the morning when I posted.
I have since been busy, but was just now sitting down to type up a little installation guide. I was not very pleased to see that my answer had been deleted (by moderator @slm) and he had written a comment in my name.
Now, in all politeness, I ask: wasn't that too rash?
I don't have the reputation to do much of anything about it, but I would hope that reaching out here gives me at least an explanation, if not an un-deletion.
Technically, it's true that this is "just a plug for your private project" -- although I submit that:
- I contend that this is a useful answer to the stated problem. That's why I made it in the first place.
- This is no more "private" than any other open source project. It's hosted at github and has a permissive license. Calling this "private" comes across (to me) as disdainful or disparaging.
- This project addresses precisely the problem being stated.
- I don't have a lot of reputation; I still have the "New contributor" flag that suggests to "Take care in asking for clarification, commenting, and answering." Does this not apply to moderators?
- I clearly had communication and stated intent of improving the matter within hours.
- The question was four years old, with no other answers in the meantime. Is it really that harmful to pitch in with anything at that point, that it warrants deletion?
I went to post this meta question, and the top question (at the time) was titled "Are new users subjected to prejudicial or intensified scrutiny by moderators?", asked by a user with a reputation of 11 -- so apparently also a very new user. Although the subject was entirely different, it saddens me to see the exact same sentiment experienced by others as well. Is this the general experience you wish for new users?