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Delete own answer if somebody posts a more thorough answer later?

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 ...
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Why was my post deleted?

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 ...
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Why was my answer deleted so unfairly?

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 ...
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Is this answer worthy of undeleting?

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 ...
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Is this deletion correct?

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 ...
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Why was my answer deleted so unfairly?

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 ...
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Why is it that perfectly good answers get deleted?

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: ...
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Delete own answer if somebody posts a more thorough answer later?

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 Sometimes having too much information about a subject can be bad, removing out of date content from AU is just as ...
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Why would a sane moderator delete an answer of a question without providing constructive feedback?

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 ...
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Correct answer deleted?

Your answer started with "Total War: Rome 2 is Windows only software. " Based on that, and the fact that the path you specified "drive_c/users//Application Data/The Creative Assembly/...
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raised flag - cooled off - now want to temper it / edit it -- what can I do?

Retracting Flags 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 ...
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Correct answer deleted?

Sorry about that. I've undeleted your answer which seems to be on point, and in any case seems to have been deleted based on a misunderstanding as you say.
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Why was my answer deleted?

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 ...
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Why was my simple answer deleted?

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 ...
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Reputations went down

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 ...
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Removed previously duplicate answer

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 ...
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how to get a copy of a deleted answer

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 ...
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Why is it that perfectly good answers get deleted?

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 ...
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Why is it that perfectly good answers get deleted?

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 ...
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Why is it that perfectly good answers get deleted?

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 ...
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Why removing working answer that their owner haven't wrote an explanation/added any ref (just commands)

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 ...
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Short, pragmatic answer deleted?

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 ...
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Why was my simple answer deleted?

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? ...
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Was my answer deleted in error?

Your "answer" seems to be a comment. The mod could have converted it into one, but I don't see why they should have, since you have the reputation to post one yourself.
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Can a new-user comment and answer? Is a feedback to an answer allowed to be posted as an answer?

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, ...
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Why was my post deleted?

Firstly there is not really something universally dubbed a "post" here in AU. There are comments and answers. Comments can be deleted or moved to discussion when the thread becomes too long, too much ...
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My answer was deleted after I fixed it, is this acceptable?

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 ...
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Why is it that perfectly good answers get deleted?

To back up your theory you have included a couple of examples as requested in comments. In example 1 your answer did not work for the OP. Additionally the OP's question appears to be a duplicate ...
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Delete own answer if somebody posts a more thorough answer later?

As I have mentioned in my comments in other answers, I would suggest you not to delete your answer. There are several reasons: Answer accepted by OP may not be optimal for other who have similar ...
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Is it possible to undelete an answer which is deleted by a moderator?

To answer your question exactly as it is asked: no. It is not possible to undelete an answer that has been deleted by a moderator. It is possible to flag the answer for moderator intervention.
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