Matthew Read summarily deleted an answer of mine. This has never happened before. Sure, I've been downvoted lots of times, or I've had comments requesting that I modify my answer or provide more detail, and I've always responded by doing just that.
But because this answer was deleted, I have no opportunity to re-open it and edit it to improve it. It's just gone. Now given the way StackExchange is laid out, I have no way of contacting Matthew Read directly to ask him why he took this exceptional, unprecedented action. Anybody care to clue me in?
You'd think that with 22,163 points and three years of service, I'd get treated a little better than this.
Has there been some sort of policy change for moderation that I don't know about? Am I transgressing some recently-implemented rules?
Here's the question to which my answer was deleted.
Update: I'm going to stop using the StackExchange App for iOS on my iPhone. Since I've been using this app to answer questions, I have ended up giving very short answers without links to other information in them, because lengthy answers and links are so difficult to do on the iPhone.
In this case, I made what I thought was a reasonable answer on my iPhone, hoping to go back later and reopen, edit and expound upon it when I was back at my Mac and could pull up the site on my web browser. But before I could do that, my answer was deleted.
There's something else at play here, baked into StackExchange, something that I have never liked: there is no way for me to send a private message to a moderator or another user. If there had been any way for me to privately message Matthew Read to ask about this, I would have certainly done that rather than complaining on this Meta site and airing my grievance in front of everbody. But as we all know, StackExchange in their wisdom decided years ago not to permit private messaging among users, unlike 99.999% of all the other discussion forums in the universe. And don't tell me that "StackExchange is not a discussion forum". Whatever.
So folks, I'm sorry to bother you with this little problem of mine, but StackExchange gives me no other way to respond to the situation than to post here on meta and get downvotes from the community.