Today, I wrote a little answer for a little question. But before my answer could receive any upvotes or downvotes, the OP deleted the question, so my answer disappeared!
If the OP deletes the question right after it's answered, no matter how good or bad the answer is, it's gone. The answer isn't protected from deletion until it gains at least one upvote. And as an answerer, that's kind of frustrating! My answers can disappear forever through no fault of my own.
If this just happened once, it wouldn't be a big deal. But when I mentioned this on chat, someone else mentioned that the same user had done the same thing to them—more than once! Now, I can't list that user's deleted questions, so I can't tell if this is accurate or if they've misremembered, but if so, it's a rather unpleasant pattern:
- Post question.
- Wait for answer.
- Delete question before answer can receive any votes.
I would prefer that users not do this.