This poses an interesting situation, I think.
I had a question here for some time with no answer.
Recently, someone answered who appeared to be a new user (username: "Rem", reputation: 1)
The answer wasn't the best; it didn't give too much detail and mentioned a product on another site (though the user did not appear to be affiliated in any way with the product).
I tried to issue some guidance to the new user via a comment on their answer, but before I could do that, the post had been downvoted, and by the time I posted my comment the post had also been deleted.
From what I could tell, the comment appeared to be more of a less-detailed attempt to help than a spammy post.
Questions Surrounding It
- Is there some sort of an auto-spam feature that would have removed this, or was it a a mod's doing?
- Are new users that post links in their short answers assumed to be spammers?
- Can I, as a question author, see why an answer was removed? If not, is that worth considering?
- As new users post answers, should there be some sort of a grace period / "strikes" rule to allow new users a chance to adjust to the guidelines?
- If I was that user and the attempt to help was legitimate, I would find the community totally unwelcoming if they downvoted and deleted my post without any guidance provided to me or chance to revise.