Dear Michael Hampton,
Let me point out my opinion on your action.
It is OK for you to delete something that is not an answer, if you really think it did not help to solve the in the first place you should delete it, although without my first post, I wouldn't be able to get as much info as I needed to help the user, which I'm certain that I could. Isn't this the purpose of this website?
Everyone seemed to be more interested in saying that my post should be a comment rather than help the user. Do I earn something for posting instead of commenting? Do you think I care about rep points or badges? Please reset them or even disable them, but put my post back. Be useful yourself.
Now I know that I can comment before I type an answer, but if I don't have 50 reputation to be able to comment, how exactly am I supposed to comment? I just posted to be able to get more info from the user, and I did, which in fact, helped me to provide the user with a valid answer. Was my first post completely in vain that it deserved to be deleted? What about the second one with an answer? ... oh wait..., I was having a 'conversation' with the user.
And you are now accusing me of having conversations in my posts? Sir, If I want to have conversations, I'll use Skype or mIRC, logically I won't use your «question and answer site for professional system and network administrators» for this purpose. I have more to do that to just "chat around".
At least I was trying to help someone, while you are just stopping me from doing so.
Man, I feel really bad for being held in helping someone, and even worse for the poor guy trying to get an answer, and the most frustrating part is that, unfortunately, I can not do anything about it. Everybody makes mistakes sometime, but Its just that I totally disagree with the fact that you deleted my post.
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I am just wasting my time and I realised that. I'm in heaven complaining about hell. This is going nowhere.