Presently there is no way to question a moderator decision to delete a post. Not even a comment is possible.
I think this puts too much power in moderators and brings frustration to the post author.
Also depending on time of day, mood, recent events any human can react hastily or without enough consideration. So it makes a lot of sense to create an appeal process.
As example my answer was deleted: https://superuser.com/a/1773355/111432
While it I see why any windows fans might be irritated by it and thus I'm not surprised by downvotes, I believe it provides a very valid reason (licensing) as an answer to the original question. This is how answer starts:
Because many of these tools are GPL licensed and can't be shipped together with ...
No other answers mention licensing issue which are a significant consideration in enterprise software field.
But moderator just closed with "This is really a comment and not an answer ..."
I can't make any sense out of such explanation and there is no mechanism to appeal or receive clarification.
Because of this, such action doesn't serve an educational purpose, undermines the (down)voting mechanism and creates a feeling of privileged and non-privileged members of the community.
So my proposal is:
- That there should be a guidance that unless answer is clearly in violation of rules or off-topic, to let (down)voting to take care of it.
- At least allow contacting the moderator that performed the action for clarification before resorting to writing on meta. e.g. still allow comments from post author and moderators as a non-intrusive way of allowing such communication.