In this question, why was this answer deleted? The answer is a question intended to demonstrate reasoning -- the question asked if Eisav was Jewish, using Yaakov as an example as Jewish by birth, and the answer tried to show the flaw in that reasoning. (Answer text: If Yaakov was Jewish, was it by birth or by accepting God and torah? If the latter, this has no bearing on Eisav.) The answer was deleted as off-topic and I'm trying to understand the problem.

(Sorry if Meta isn't the right place to ask this either. I couldn't leave a comment on the deleted answer.)

  • It wasn't deleted as off-topic: it was converted into a comment on the question.
    – msh210 Mod
    Commented Jul 22, 2011 at 15:41
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    @msh210: oh, I missed the addition of the comment - thanks. I followed the faq link from the answer and got to the entry about off-topic questions/answers. Commented Jul 22, 2011 at 15:47
  • There's a FAQ link? Wow. I didn't realize that. I guess it only shows up for the "deleted" content's author. What's the text, and what's the link to?
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented Jul 22, 2011 at 16:11
  • "Why was this question deleted? See the faq (link)". The FAQ link is judaism.stackexchange.com/faq#deletion. Commented Jul 22, 2011 at 16:29
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    Thanks. I'm going to write this up as a bug. Either the text and link should be different for such conversions or the FAQ text there should include "maybe it was converted to a comment" as an explicit possibility.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented Jul 22, 2011 at 17:09
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    Oh, and the response to your title ought to be "What, you thought maybe this was a Jewish website?" ;^)
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented Jul 22, 2011 at 18:12

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I moved the answer to a comment on the question. Like Gershon said, the answer effectively raises an issue but doesn't provide a definite resolution to the question, so I thought it fit more as a comment than as an answer. It was definitely on-topic.

Unfortunately, the system marks a converted-to-comment question as "deleted" and doesn't automatically indicate that it was converted to a comment. I probably should have left a comment to that effect, to make it clear. Sorry about that.

(Here's probably the best place to ask this. A comment on the question would have worked, too.)


That answer was a comment on the question. An answer gives something definate.

  • It was submitted as an answer and converted to a comment later by somebody else (which I hadn't noticed). Commented Jul 22, 2011 at 15:48

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