I just had an answer unilaterally deleted by ArtOfCode who, gave the following reason:
Answers generally need to recommend a product. Since this doesn't, I'm deleting it
This is so far beyond the level of not helpful, for the OP, the "answerer" and anyone else who comes after.
Not All Product Recommendation Enquiries Have Answers
For example: I have a budget of $60, and I need a Bluetooh enabled cellphone jammer that can work with both Mac and PC, runs on 2 AA batteries, and makes toast.
Well, there are two reasons why this inquiry will not have responses:
- Cellphone jammers are illegal
- That product doesn't exist (regardless of budget, I might add).
Because of those two reasons, the ONLY answer can be "there is no product."
The term "Generally" Conveys There are Exceptions to the Rule
Answers generally need to recommend a product.....
So, when there is something that "generally," is not the correct adverb, it is the exception. Per thesaurus.com then antonym of generally is:
So, there can rarely, sometimes, and unusually be instances where an answer doesn't recommend a product.
So, what are those occurrences and what are the qualifiers for them?
Having such a strict adherence to this concept that there is a 1:1 relationship between Question, Answer and Answer and Product is counter intuitive because reality is not structured in such a regimented fashion.
People take time to ask and answer questions. This "quick to close" attitude drives people away. Less than a week into posting answer which take time to research for citations and ArtOfCode unilaterally decides that what I posted needs to be deleted. Of all the sites on SE that I am on, this is the only one with this unilateral structure.
versus, from SuperUser....
Do you notice is the Hardware Recommendations close reason, they give the following text:
This is a community-run website to help users complete an exhaustive solution search given very specific requirements.
Well, apparently, the community consists of just one person. Perhaps I am mistaken, but the evidence is contrary to what a "community" decision would look like.