16 votes

Does an answer to the problem instead of the question count as an answer?

No, if the OP is using the "wrong" approach, giving the "right" approach is absolutely fine. Also, if the OP happens to mention one tool and you answer with another tool, that's also fine. However, ...
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12 votes

Does an answer to the problem instead of the question count as an answer?

I deleted your answer as not-an-answer because the question said, in part: To save time and typing, I would like to store the names of the subdirectories to be searched in a file and use that when ...
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6 votes
Accepted

Delete answers completely

I don't know the reasoning behind it; What does deletion mean for a post? simply mentions the nuts and bolts of it: Deleted posts are usually not physically deleted (that is, removed from the ...
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6 votes

Why was my answer deleted?

It appears to me as if your specific issue was quite different from the issue in the question. Both the code and the error message in the question is different from what you had, so I'm not quite ...
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6 votes
Accepted

Why is deleting answers discouraged?

You don't directly get or lose any reputation from deleting posts, but it does cancel out the reputation those posts gave. One of the answers was at +1/-0 upvotes/downvotes, and the other was +1/-1, ...
5 votes

What are the reasons for this answer being deleted?

I didn't delete your answer, but I would have done the same thing if I had seen it. Your answer wasn't answering the question. The only relevant bits were the links and links are not answers. This is ...
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4 votes

Answer the question title or the question body?

As is virtually always the case in the "why did you delete one bad post but not the other bad posts right next to it", it's because your post got flagged and the others didn't, so it's the only one we ...
3 votes
Accepted

Is stating that OP's technique is doomed considered not an answer?

I deleted it because it wasn't actually an answer. Perhaps I should have let another mod do this since this was my own question but it seemed like a very clear-cut case. Your answer was: What are ...
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3 votes
Accepted

How can I delete an answer which I posted in error, which has already been deleted by a reviewer?

It is already permanently deleted. You can just still see it because you are the post's owner, but other users cannot see it. "Deleted" content on these sites isn't really deleted, it is simply not ...
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2 votes

Why did you delete my answer? It's not spam or anything crazy

Hi and thank you for bringing this to the Meta site. You answered a question that asked about why a certain script could use touch successfully to create a file, while another script seemed to not be ...
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1 vote
Accepted

Did both of these answers have to be deleted?

I'm the culprit here. I deleted your answer because it wasn't really answering the question. It was a comment rather than an answer and wasn't really providing something that could be used by the OP. ...
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1 vote

Delete link-only answers

Maybe it's wrong of me, but when I come across such link-only answers, I tend to go read the linked content, quote the relevant part(s) and change the link to [source](//link-here). If there's nothing ...

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