I came across an answer by @coleopterist to this question that is up-voted, and otherwise appears to be a worthwhile addition to the site, but was deleted by owner two months after being posted. There are no other answers to the question.

Should I undelete this answer?

Or is it better to respect the wishes of the owner, even if the answer would be a positive addition to the site?


Yes. I don't mean to ignore the author's wishes, but it is a valuable answer.

  • Thank you for your contribution. I am hoping to get more input, including from @coleopterist, before making a moving forward. – Pieter Geerkens Dec 24 '13 at 2:20
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    @PieterGeerkens You could ask one of our mods (in chat, or via a flag), to superping (same as the regular ping, but it will force an inbox notification) coleopterist and point him to this discussion. I could do that myself, being a SE chat moderator, but I really don't want to use my mod powers for an issue on a site I'm not a mod. – yannis Dec 25 '13 at 13:50
  • @YannisRizos: Thank you, good idea. Given the season, I will assume for now that coleopterist is simply occupied, and wait until the New Year to do more. – Pieter Geerkens Dec 25 '13 at 14:43
  • "Yes. I don't meant[sic] to ignore the author's wishes, but it is a valuable answer." H.SE is governed by Community Commons, the author's only rights to their answer is one of attribution. – user1873 Dec 30 '13 at 1:35
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    @user1873 - rights != etiquette :) – DVK Jan 3 '14 at 1:32
  • @DVK, sure, but the author should have known that they don't "own" their answer, and if they choose to delete it, SE doesn't have to keep it that way. I don't think this is a question of etiquette either. – user1873 Jan 3 '14 at 1:53

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