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27,911 posts were deleted on Server Fault during the past 365 days (query run on Feb. 16th, 2016). That breaks down as follows: Post Type Deleted by... Posts Deleted % of total --------- -------------------------------------------------------- ------------- ---------- Question Auto-deletion: AbandonedClosed ...


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The deleted answer to which you link is really just a link to an off site resource and we have a long standing requirement for answers to contain content not just pointers to content. A précis of the remote content with a link for details is acceptable. As an answer it was little more than a comment and that's what it is now. For all we know someone else ...


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This kind of thing happens when you have more than one person doing the moderating. As it happens, the question you linked to was converted to a comment, so the content was preserved. As it happens, we've had long standing differences in the moditorial staff on exactly where the line sits between not-an-answer: burninate and crap-answer: dowvote lives. I ...


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I declined this flag. This is why: So-called link-only answers have long been discussed on the network. Nobody really likes them, as they divert people off-site which is frustrating to them, and the links go bad which is doubly frustrating. They should be expanded into proper answers, converted to comments, or deleted altogether. The post, being a link-...


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I've not deleted the answer, but converted it into a comment. This is what I always do for answers that are essentially links to external resources. In my view, flags should be used to make us aware of spam complete nonsense Link-only answers (to convert them to a comment) answers that are really comments or should be edits by the OP answers including ...


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You may not have sufficient privileges yet to see that the answer was converted to a comment by one of my fellow moderators, rather than deleted outright. The content was preserved but since it is both phrased as question and a link-only-answer it is not a good answer. Converting such low quality answers to comments is something only moderators can do and ...


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