This is quite discouraging. Why was my answer to this thread deleted?

It says converted to comment, but I do not see it anywhere. This is the 2nd time (according to my reputation record) that an answer of mine has been removed in a week (and I am using the term in the aforementioned record 'removed').

I like to think that I am making some contribution to this site, but clearly this seems not to be the case.

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    Just to echo Charles's point about rankings, your contributions are clearly very highly valued; both your questions and answers are highly upvoted. Looks pretty useful to me! I strongly encourage you to reconsider your standing in the community; one deleted answer does not a bad contributor make.
    – eykanal
    Jul 16, 2013 at 13:00

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To answer the other part of your question, your other answer was deleted because the question as a whole has been deleted. This question was downvoted twice, closed by 5 users, and deleted by 3 different users (I personally cast the final deletion vote). The side-effect of deleting a question is to also delete all answers. So no need for paranoia here.

As for your contribution, if you care about reputation, then you could see that you were the 3rd in the league rank for june, and you're still third for July: http://stackexchange.com/leagues/191/month/academia

That means that the community values your contribution. You can of course decide to "stick to reviewing", it's entirely up to you.

  • please do not label me as being paranoid. As I said in my last comment to your previous answer "Got the message"... which means, I got your message. I assure you, that I am not obsessed with rep - but it is not difficult to notice when 2 lots of 'removed' reps occurring in the past week. But, as I said, I got your point before, accepted your point, with the my last comment to your previous answer.
    – user7130
    Jul 16, 2013 at 11:11
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    @Damien: Well, you come and claim that we "remove" your contribution. That's not the case. The first time was because the entire question was removed, the second time it was transformed into a comment (and, apparently, a bug then deleted your comment). Since you seem to have a very defensive attitude, I just want to point out there is no need to be paranoid. In the future, don't automatically assume that it's against you.
    – user102
    Jul 16, 2013 at 11:15
  • when the only information I had on hand was in the rep table stating "removed", hence why I used the word. Please, I take offense at being labelled 'paranoid'.
    – user7130
    Jul 16, 2013 at 11:17

I transformed your answer to a comment, because it didn't any new comment w.r.t. the other answers. Your answer was basically "It happened to me. The other answers are good. I dislike plagiarism.", which is fine, but is more a comment than an actual answer.

I do not know why your comment was deleted, the way it appears to me is that you deleted the comment yourself:

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EDIT: original answer:

I have experienced this first hand as well - not a very nice feeling at all. I can only share what I did in response and it largely echoes the great advice given in the replies here. Contact the institution's dean and present the evidence, which isn't hard to do as your work is published. Plagiarism is probably the biggest peeve of mine, I find that it is a deliberate and wilful act of intellectual theft - laziness and even ignorance are not valid excuses. Any incidence needs to be tackled head on and through the right channels.

  • I assure you, I did not delete the comment. computer went a bit haywire (cursor froze). But it may as well stay deleted as it does not add to the question. I'll just stick to reviewing.
    – user7130
    Jul 16, 2013 at 10:42
  • @Damien: Well, I do not know what happened. I'm tagging it as a bug so that the SE mods can have a look at it. In the mean time, I'm copying your original answer here, so that you can put it as a comment yourself.
    – user102
    Jul 16, 2013 at 10:46
  • That's fine, as I said, it clearly does not add to the thread. I will stick to reviewing.
    – user7130
    Jul 16, 2013 at 10:48
  • @Damien: Please avoid passive-aggressive statements such as "I'll just stick to reviewing" (you already used a similar formulation here. If you cannot stand any form of correction on your questions/answers, perhaps you should not consider being involved in a community-based site in the first place. You have highly voted questions and answers, so it's not like everything you say is rejected.
    – user102
    Jul 16, 2013 at 10:51
  • okay, no problems. Got the message.
    – user7130
    Jul 16, 2013 at 10:54

I would say that the answer is not a particularly good answer. Had it been the first answer it would have added something new, but as the 3rd answer it doesn't add much. That said, I think that it being deleted without a comment or chance to edit is a bit "harsh" and not a good behaviour shaping experience. I personally would like to see you expand the answer with your personal insights into the process as you experienced it. My guess is that a modest improvement would lead to it being un-deleted.

@Charles I appreciate the work you and the other diamond mods do. I am struggling with not making this comment sound super negative, so please read it with a grain of salt and realize I am not complaining much. In general, I think the diamond mods are pretty careful. For example, you only tend to cast close and delete votes when only one more "regular" vote is needed or the question/answer is clearly spam. In this case I would have liked for the community to have been given some more time to comment/flag the answer. Maybe even highlighting the answer in meta/chat to help get non-diamond mods into the act of managing the site. Again, I appreciate your work.

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    That's a fair point. I didn't think about it much, because the point was not to delete the answer, but simply to move it as a comment of the question (I don't believe to be responsible of the subsequent deletion of the comment, it might be a bug), which is something done on a regular basis. But you're right, I should have left a comment on the question, explaining the move.
    – user102
    Jul 16, 2013 at 15:18
  • If I was asked to improve the answer with more detail, I would have been more than happy to.
    – user7130
    Jul 16, 2013 at 21:05

I appreciate people's concern and the discussion this has generated.

As I said in my final comment to the first answer:

okay, no problems. Got the message

I assure you, I got it, I understand, hence why I said 'I got it'.

I offered my final comment to the 2nd answer as explanation (emphasis added):

when the only information I had on hand was in the rep table stating "removed", hence why I used the word. Please, I take offense at being labelled 'paranoid'

Reputation table is reference to this (do not know what else to call it), where the word "removed" is used (without explanation), hence why I used it in my question (as I explained).

I would have liked an opportunity to fix the answer (especially in light of a new incidence that occurred a couple of hours after posting the answer), but that point is moot now.

  • Your answer has been undeleted so that you can improve it :)
    – user102
    Jul 16, 2013 at 22:22
  • @CharlesMorisset I have modified the answer.
    – user7130
    Jul 16, 2013 at 23:19

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