Keep the answer there. Deleting should be done when your content is entirely wrong. If your answer provides valid content, then keep it.
Let the OP decide what is the better answer. The other answer may have more examples, but it may not be what OP wants , or perhaps OP wants a clear answer. "Better explanation" sometimes is too technical and the answer ...
I didn't delete it, but I agree with the mod who did 100%. That was noise. It was a joke, frankly not a very funny one, which was posted as an answer. The entire content of your post was this:
I think it would be a good idea to suspend all too high-rated people like Oli, Rinzwind, etc. for a year or two to let other people do something useful ;-)
That is ...
I'm trying to be honest and fair here. Don't see this as me piling on, rather look at it and understand how moderators (and the community here) do things and learn from it.
There were several problems with your answer,
You don't explain how to do what you're asking them to do. That is one of the most basic requirements for answers here. Even just a link ...
Alas, you don't have the power to vote to undelete that post, despite your hard earned 20k Trusted User privilege. If you try, you'll get a message saying
A moderator has deleted this post and it cannot be undeleted
(I've tried this multiple times and I'm always disappointed)
Even if you could, it would take 3 20k-ers' votes to undelete. I've never ...
The system automatically selected that answer for use as a review audit because it was deleted after being flagged as spam or rude or abusive. I know this because 10k users can view deleted posts, but posts that get one or more "red flags" before being deleted have their bodies hidden until one clicks through to the revision history:
In this case, the flag ...
Disclaimer: I'm not a mod, so just giving you my POV:
The OP (Original Poster) just bought a car and has some trouble with it and asks how to proceed.
Your answer is: "Get rid of the car! It's a piece of junk!"
So I would have acted the same way as the moderator: Not because your answer is as rude my example here above, but because it helps the ...
From my part (since it was I who did this), you had answered the question already on the duplicate.
Since you effectively had recognised that the question was a duplicate and had correctly answered on the correct question, my role was simple - to play the janitor and thus cleanup by removing the answer.
There was no reason to merge here since you had ...
You should take a down-vote as the need to give an answer some attention. Courteous down-voters will tell you what the problem is and (assuming they're right, they might not be) that'll let you know if you should be deleting or improving your answer.
Unfortunately there aren't always comments and you have to use your own judgement. If you can't decide, feel ...
See this post:
Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered zero-score questions after a year?
We already auto-remove negatively voted unanswered old questions automatically after 30 days, network wide, with no human intervention required.
The new answer (on the new question) was flagged as a duplicate of the old one. This is done automatically by the system and when it happens, at a glance it can look like a user is pepper-spraying the site with the same content. It really hates duplicate content.
What we do when we handle flags can sometimes come down to muscle memory. I'll be the first to ...
I'm one of the regular deleters around here, and my high horse is currently in the barn.
Answers are usually only deleted when they are either very low quality or not an answer. For some examples:
The solution to your problem is over on the Ubuntu wiki.
This is not an answer. It's pointing someone to an answer, but it does not actually help anyone. In ...
If I notice someone's written a way better answer than my own I always delete it.
Sometimes having too much information about a subject can be bad, removing out of date content from AU is just as important as adding it.
As Zanna says, the appropriate action when you have raised a flag that you have then realized is wrong or unhelpful is to retract the flag.
Most (but not all) types of flags can be retracted. Flags on questions and answers, including the custom "in need of moderator intervention" flag where you type in a description of what is ...
Because it copied a whole swathe of text from another site that didn't make its content available through a permissive enough license. In short: because it's copyright infringement.
Read the Subscriber Content section of the Terms and Conditions you agreed to, notably:
Subscriber represents, warrants and agrees that it will not contribute any Subscriber ...
As you say, your answer, at least in its recently edited form, does answer the question:
There is no shortcut that allows you to change the profile within the
terminal (without navigating the menus as you said in comments),
without the use of the GUI.
This does the work of Oli's suggestion that "No, there is no shortcut for this" may be an ...
I took a look at the question and your answer.
At a glance, the answer you gave doesn't appear to have anything to do with the question asked.
It was flagged as such and deleted by a moderator as result.
The OP asked about why an installer depends on a certain font package. The answer provided by yourself is a one liner - which is difficult to parse and ...
The reason for the fluctuation in your rep status was due to flagging and cleanup activities.
Let me explain.
Screenshots taken in ubuntu 14.04 LTS are not opening in windows 7
You had 20 rep on this. Your answer was flagged as a duplicate of another answer. Indeed, another answer on the same question was similarly removed since it just repeated the ...
The reason we occasionally delete answers on duplicate-closed questions is that the system will automatically redirect people from Google to the fully-answered question. This has the obvious benefit that they get access to the best version of the question and its answers.
We don't do it all the time. Examples include answers that have very specific ...
I will be completely honest: Kaz sums up all the deletion reasons nicely in his answer to this question.
Each and every one of the reasons that was stated by Kaz there is accurate, and would reflect my reasoning for deleting the answers, the examples of which you've provided.
Therefore, that answer is basically a duplicate of my explanations in this reason....
The majority of answers that are deleted are done so through review after being flagged as "not an answer" or "very low quality". Kaz's answer explains why most answers are deleted and makes helpful specific comments that I agree with on the issues with the answers you mention.
I would like to add a few words on why some answers are deleted outside of the ...
First of all, your answer for the hash sum mismatch question is already been discussed in the comments and mentioned that the method you provide for upgrading isn't proper. The documentation that you point to is for End of Life releases. The question owner's OS is 14.04 and it is not End-of-Life (EOL) status. Thus, your answer was downvoted and deleted ...
If I had a problem like that with a really trite answer, I might comment that the OP should add details and that if they didn't, I might.
That being a given, I don't think people with delete votes or that use downvotes a lot would downvote or vote to delete an answer with that sort of comment.
My apologies: I was one of the "deleters".
This is the system-wide deletion logic:
a moderator can delete anything (no mod deleted anything)
5 reviewers voting to delete can delete anything (None did)
in your case 3 high-rep (>20000 rep) reviewers agreed that:
this was not a good answer
one of them downvoted your answer
all 3 cast a delete vote
Not being able to see the deleted question here is a small list of some relevant information:
Did your answer just contain the link: Your answer is in another castle: when is an answer not an answer? Wait to have enough rep to comment
Did you copy text (even with quote boxes some sites don't allow this, And block-quoting an entire article is hardly fair use)...
The OP is being picky and your answer doesn't appear to answer exactly what they're looking for, that is, a way of switching profile without changing terminal instance. They have accounted for (essentially) what you're suggesting in their own question.
It seems the answer should be "No, there is no shortcut for this." and that would be a valid answer, if ...
Your answer, while maybe right, needs more details for users that are not familiar with "Software Sources".
As far as the other answer, it wasn't there when your answer was deleted, and it was converted to a comment.
I went ahead and added a comment to your answer, but the original question was closed as off-topic, since it's a bug.
The Help Center explains that answers that do not provide an answer to the original question will be deleted. The structure of this site doesn't support posting a comment on another post as an answer, because the general idea is to make it as easy as possible to find the best answer to the question. So:
Posts that don't answer the question would be "...
I saw that you had edited it but that it was the same as the upvoted one after editing. Since you want it not to be deleted, and it has a little extra information compared to the other one, I have voted to undelete it. Actually I saw the -2 and thought you'd be happy to get your points back. Should have looked harder.
In addition to the help center list I ...