One of the questions on Mi Yodeya is:
I remember hearing that Rachel Imeinu was buried in kever Rachel, but was only there for one night and then she went to Mearas Hamachpaila.
I can't remember in whose name it was said. Does anyone know a source for this?
YEZ posted this as an answer:
I would just point out that such a pshat would be arguing with Chazal on several accounts - The sifre says Yaakov did not bury Rachel in Maaras Hamachpela because he would have been embarrassed about being married to two sisters. The midrash in Bereishis Rabba (82) says that he buried her specifically there so that she would be on the route of their path into exile and pray for them.
So you are looking for someone going not with Chazal.
The question asks specifically for a source for a statement, and the answer provides precisely the opposite: an indication (with evidence) of what a source for the statement isn't (viz Chazal). So I deleted it as a non-answer; because it has good value toward answering the question, I converted into a comment on the question.
YEZ then pinged me with this comment:
I posted an answer to the question about Kever Rachel being moved. You deleted it, saying that it did not answer the question. I posted it as an answer after reading the "How to answer" section of the help page, which says "Any answer that gets the asker going in the right direction is helpful, but do try to mention any limitations, assumptions or simplifications in your answer." I think my answer pointed in a direction of a category of commentaries to look at.
The help page in question is "How do I write a good answer?", and YEZ is quoting accurately. The quoted line seems, indeed, to say that YEZ's answer is not worthy of deletion.
However, as far as I can tell we've always deleted similar answer posts, or converted them to comments on the question: answer posts that neither answer the question nor contradict an assumption of the question (which itself is a sort of answer) nor even indicate where one should look for an answer (though I think we convert those to commments also), but merely indicate what won't be an answer. That is, I think we've always contradicted that sentence of "How do I write a good answer?", to the extent it applies to answers of the sort YEZ posted.
Two questions, then:
- Am I misremembering? Do we not, in fact, convert answers such as YEZ's (which only indicate what sort of thing isn't an answer) to comments?
- Assuming I'm not misremembering, and our general practice runs counter to the help page, should we continue our current practice?