Yesterday, I answered a question on https://ell.stackexchange.com/, however, today when I look at my answer it says it has been removed by this user https://ell.stackexchange.com/users/230/snailcar

I would like to know why my answer was removed, as I believe it answered the question when no-one else had.

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    Submitting answers that merely answer the question has some community discussion about brief answers that might be helpful.
    – ColleenV
    Jan 28, 2020 at 15:02
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    The answers offered by others seem sufficiently clear as to what they are and the reasoning behind them. Your answer wasn't so much an "improvement" over existing answers than it was an attempt to comment on an existing answer. Your ability to comment has been explained previously, circumventing the privilege needed to comment by phrasing it as an incomplete answer is also explained. Nothing has happened "without a reason".
    – Rob
    Jan 28, 2020 at 17:17
  • I don’t think this question should be down-voted, even though it was initially posted on the wrong meta. Posting here is exactly what someone should do when they have a question like this.
    – ColleenV
    Jan 29, 2020 at 14:56

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Your answer was entirely in support of another existing answer. It read:

No, you can't

As Colin mentioned, it's considered rude.

Subsequent answers need to add additional information to be retained. Because of this, your answer was removed. If you agree with an existing answer you can upvote it (once you have 15 reputation). Please don't add agreement with existing answers as a new answer.

  • Thanks, but the original question was "Can I say x", none of the answers actually said 'yes' or 'no' or attempted to answer the original, they gave extensive information about the phrasing and as to why it's considered rude, but I did not see an actual answer. Therefore I believed my answer was completely appropriate to post
    – Cherona
    Jan 28, 2020 at 14:42
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    Every answer there explains the form, which is valid for many purposes and discourages its use in that specific situation because it's rude. You can absolutely use that form... it's just rude. So the answer is "It's not recommended because it's rude" and I believe the existing answers there explain that just fine. If you feel they could use improvement, the best solution is to submit an edit suggestion.
    – Catija
    Jan 28, 2020 at 14:49
  • Thanks, but shouldn't I receive an explanation when the post is deleted?
    – Cherona
    Jan 29, 2020 at 10:11
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    @Cherona Nope. We don't typically draw attention when users' posts are deleted. If a moderator wishes, they can leave a comment but it's not necessary or required.
    – Catija
    Jan 29, 2020 at 14:12

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