My answer to https://askubuntu.com/questions/334939/can-ubuntu-run-alongside-windows was deleted - I'd like to know why.

As far as I can see none of the criteria mentioned in https://askubuntu.com/help/deleted-answers or in http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/5536/someone-deleted-my-answer-in-a-duplicate-post-why were met.

I know that my answer doesn't target the title but it clearly (in my eyes) answers the last sentence of the question.

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Answers that are posted on a duplicate questions break autoforwarding from search engines, so they're routinely deleted.

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    In that case it might be a good idea™ to put that reason at least into meta.askubuntu.com/questions/5536/….
    – guntbert
    Commented Aug 23, 2013 at 22:09
  • @guntbert it's already said: "will redirect users to the main post automatically if they land on the duplicate via a direct link, ie: search engines and similar, but that only is true if there are no answers present on the post."
    – Braiam
    Commented Aug 23, 2013 at 23:28
  • In support of Jorge's observation: this auto-delete function is a good thing. All too often people answer a question, whilst they know very well that it is a duplicate.
    – don.joey
    Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 7:13

The deletion of my answer was an automated consequence of the verdict duplicate. OK with me - the effort for this answer was not noteworthy anyway - and I certainly don't want to reopen the question!

What I want to point out though that those who voted to close the question as duplicate overlooked the last sentence (Very probably I would have missed it too :-)), which has no counterpart in the "original" question. That's why it doesn't make sense to move this answer to the other question - it would be an obvious non-answer there.

So I take this as a very unimportant example that we might delete correct and good information by applying overly quick close votes . Sometimes I find that I too answer/flag/vote mainly based on the Title of a question instead on the whole question.

As an aside: It might pay if people editing/reviewing questions tried to ascertain that the Title really matches the question.

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    In that case edit the question to make sense and then vote to reopen! Commented Aug 24, 2013 at 17:57

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