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Bad style in Questions & Answers

Feb 20, 2017 at 10:54 AM

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It happens more and more often. Someone asks a question. You take your time, answer it, even give a code example. Then, instead of closing the question, it is deleted. Under these circumstances, should one continue to take care at all?

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If it is a registered user then we should refrain from responding to that User's queries,going forward.

K.Kiran.

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Is there any indication who deleted the question? Is it clear that the original author did it?

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There is no indication.

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Matthew Billingham
Feb 20, 2017 at 04:31 PM
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If a question breaks the community guidelines by, for example, being a FAQ, or something that's easily searched, then the question may be deleted by a moderator.

The responders then don't get a notification - this has been pretty much how it has been since even the previous incarnation. The only alternative to deletion is to the lock the question, but that means we get junk (the question, not the answers!) turning up in the searches.

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With other words, don't answer silly questions any more.

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You might think that, I couldn't possibly comment. :-)

But definitely please do continue to care!

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Exactly. This has been the guidance all along that "did not Google", "spec dumping" and all kinds of FAQ/"do my job" questions should be reported to the moderators instead of answering them. Granted, in some cases there could be misunderstanding or OP simply not telling everything but I try to follow "when in doubt - alert the moderators and let them sort it out" approach.

We should care but not about answering those who don't respect the community.

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I've just deleted a question you answered, but I've left a comment on your answer. Can you see it? Do you get notified?

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Nope, I expected deletion of that question, but gone is gone. Other than in old SCN there are no notifications in that case.

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OK - then I won't bother leaving explanations to responders then. It would be nice though if responders could see the comment left for the poster, so at least you'd know what's happened.

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