I found the deletion of https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/68602/1570 to be dictatorial in a manner that discourages me from wanting to post here. Odds are, like any other addict, I'll be back tomorrow anyway, but just sharing the emotions as they arose.
Here's what I commented there:
@ModNameDeleted: The criterion for deletion is "not even a partial answer to the actual question" (emp added) I think my answer addresses two points in the question: 1- "The most lenient shita for a reshus horabim" and I brought two opinions that limit which roads. And 2- I gave a whole discussion of Ulla about how rare it really is. Although actually, I was trying to render the question moot, which is a way of answering it. – Micha Berger 6 mins ago
And due to length, I continued in a second comment:
Deleting that much work, which is still useful information (actual Torah), rather than just voting it down, was overkill and a bit of judge-jury-executioner. What's wrong? I put on deodorant today! (IOW, I see your heavy handed response as not only overkill, but I took it personally.) – Micha Berger 6 mins ago
The response was:
@MichaBerger Even if it's a rare phenomenon, one can ask about it. Even if it's not technically the most lenient opinion, one can ask about it. There is certainly plenty of info in your answer. I think you should go find a post to put it on where it fits. – ModNameStillDeleted 6 mins ago
I thought MY was more democratic than this. There were (at the time) no downvotes, no negative comments. MY is littered with off-topic replies, even un-Jewish ones, with votes of -1 or -2. Here I invested the time to write what came to an essay of Torah, and in under a minute it was deleted by one's person's say-so?
Why exactly would I invest the time answering questions here, if any one of a pool of moderators could have a different interpretation of the rules than I do and simply delete my work?
Would it pay to make meta-rules about how the rules are applied?
A suggestion: A moderator can only delete someone's work if they judge that response is appropriate AND any of the following apply:
- the material is offensive, missionary work, includes words the FCC doesn't allow on broadcast TV;
- the post is shorter than some cut-off length;
- another mod was consulted and concurred;
- there are similar complaints on the post; or
- the post has a score of -3 or lower.
But something needs to be done to take the guesswork out of posting.