While I am not Journeyman Geek...
The answer as written is clearly not an attempt at answering the question stated in the question post at the top of the page.
Hence, your text was posted as an answer, but does not actually attempt to answer the question. The answer thus was almost certainly deleted because it does not meet our criteria for what ...
No. Moderators get no reputation bonus for their actions in any way.
The only way moderators get rep is the same ways that normal users get rep, by getting upvotes on questions and answers, deleting answers is not one of those ways.
I'm the moderator who did it.
It feels like the fair, and best course of action would be to treat these answers as I would any other answer from a user who I feel is inexperienced of the ways of the site. These answers don't exactly reflect the sort of quality one expects, and in this specific case is massively speculative. I've let users know in the ...
One might also ask, should we be deleting these at all? If it answers the question, it should be an answer. It might be a crappy answer, in which case it should be edited, but if it provides useful information, perhaps it shouldn't be deleted in the first place. One of Jeff's mantras is "answers first". Sometimes that's taken to extremes (I personally think ...
Questions, like answers, are not permanently deleted, but what's important to note is your access level at seeing deleted posts.
You can see your own answers on questions asked by others because you have access to that.
Users with 10,000 reputation can also see the posts of other users, questions or answers.
When you come across a question that's been ...
"With great power comes great responsibility." That applies to the moderators, but it also applies to you. As the user with the highest rep on the site, that makes your posts somewhat of an implied standard.
People look at your posts and expect to say, "I see why this guy is at the top." And in that position, new users should not be using one of your ...
Based on your description, I'm guessing the answer that was deleted was this one, currently very similar to this existing one. Note, though, that at the time the post was deleted, it looked like this.
I admit I don't know Bash, but to me it looks like your answer only changes the stuff prepended to the output, as opposed to removing the spurious + echo line....
Just a few observations about the answer.
The first link is labeled wrong. The link goes to Data Lifeguard Diagnostics but it's labeled Universal Firmware Updater. In the question, the OP lists having already tried that unsuccessfully. So that recommendation isn't for a helpful product.
It looks like you may have initially posted your answer before ...
My guesses (I didn't delete it):
The Superuser link you posted had already been posted by another answer (duplicating information)
The answer couldn't stand on its own. When having links in answers, you should summarize the information, so users don't need to click around (possibly to sites that moved their documents or content) to get the information they ...
Spammers work in mysterious ways - I guess your answer has certain keywords their bots love and it keeps attempting to edit. Frustratingly enough - there's not much to do - just let our lovely reviewers reject it (or you can too). There's no tool to protect an answer from bogus edits I can remember (and if I'm wrong, feel free to correct me).
As for the ...
Get rid of the Courier font
Was flagged as spam. I did a bit of research and saw that you had posted only 2 answers on Super User, both mentioning this same software, hence I figured why it was flagged as spam.
However, I also took a look at your network profile and realized that you aren't a spammer, hence I rejected that spam flag, edited ...
We expect answers to actually answer the question. If you want to leave a comment, use the comment links. If you don't have permission to leave a comment, then you don't have permission to leave a comment. If you want to ask your own question, then ask your own question.
You've changed the question since it was first posted, I don't know which to address so I'll consider the revision that is latest at the time of writing this.
Is answering to a software recommendation request considered spam?
No, it's not. Putting a bare link, however is considered as spam. If you don't believe we have a spam problem, consider this post....
What is the "this tool" that they should run?
From the visible on-site content there is no mention of even the name of the tool, the app, or even any steps or where to look on their system to follow with the troubleshooting guide.
For those who cannot yet see it, the entire answer is:
That happend a lot, so MS provides a trouble shooting guide:
If an ...
To add to @Mokubai's answer - it's not only mods who don't get rep for this. High rep users can also cast delete votes (through the VLQ review queue at 2K reputation and directly at 20K), and do not get any reputation from exercising this privilege.
The original version of the answer counts as a non-answer, given:
There is extensive help to be found on the Web for writing AutoHotkey scripts, but I can also give hints if you wish.
Which, in the context of answers, is telling them to keep looking. (It's not for that one line, but that line summarises the whole answer.)
Anyone would be right in ...
TL;DR version: No, you have not been penalised at all, you just haven't earned any reputation on this site to allow you to comment.
Bens answer does a good job of explaining why your answer was likely deleted. I was not the mod involved but seeing your original revision I agree with the action taken, you simply failed to explain how to achieve anything and ...
I'm the mod that deleted it. Quite a lot of the time I try to give the answer the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes there's little in the answer that makes it worth salvaging.
Lets consider one very simple criteria. Does it attempt to solve the problem in the question?
For conversion to a comment is it clear which question this comment is for? And ...
Your answer was flagged as not an answer, and I deleted it as such, since it was borderline... However, after consulting with the other moderators, we've reached a consensus and are undeleting, as it has an actual, useful suggestion, rather than chiming in with "yeah, had that happen to me, no fun", etc.
Being able to delete a post that should not be there in the first place trumps any suggested edit waiting on it.
In this case, it was purely a malicious spam link, and while your signpost may have been in good spirits, there was no reason to have that answer remain on the site.
Please note that in two of the three examples you gave, a moderator is not necessarily necessary.
Links are easily expanded into a summary in the post.
This is an edit like no others, it involves a simple copy/paste and some slight formatting corrections.
Comments can be left so that a moderator doesn't have to do that.
This can easily done with Pro Forma ...
In many cases, software recommendations are not a question of spam.
Instead, product recommendations are off-topic at the SuperUser site (see the last bullet point in second list). If someone clearly asks for recommending software for a task
flag the question as off-topic
give them friendly advice to search (and maybe ask) at Software Recommendations ...
I'm not the mod who deleted it, but its clear why
While it was a ambiguous somewhat vague question, that required a certain degree of context to understand the intent was fairly clearly not what a Mac Address was -and someone else clarified it with an edit, so it wasn't that obscure..
I suppose the lack of downvotes was cause downvotes cost rep, and ...
In my albeit limited experience I have never had a CMOS pull NOT reset the Bios PWD.
The following answer is from another user from 2013 who has the same device NP300E5X-T02AE as the author of the question which you submitted your answer to.
I bought online code from ebay and it works now. the warranty service told me that bios IC should be replaced , ...
Detailing would be... charitable.
2 screenshots, 2 blocks of copied links and some blurbs copied right off the website of the tools do not an answer make.
You might want to consider reading this
Also consider talking about the use of these tools to fix the issue, rather than simply dumping names and descriptions in an answer.
So nothing strange about it,...
When the answer was deleted, it looked like this. (Screenshot for <10K users.)
I now address this comment:
(1) You have not answered the question of whether deleting my answer in this context was too violent and whether the poster should be reimbursed. (2) It wasn't exactly a non-answer as it linked to the AutoHotkey home page where lots of ...