I would like to know why my answer was deleted from this AskMeFi thread
posted by Tanizaki to Etiquette/Policy at 5:24 AM (1165 comments total)
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In response to the question of "is there anything that can be done to stop this asshole of a doctor from ever again coming near a child with gender-identity issues?", I stated that the answer was no because the doctor's behavior did not demonstrate that he was impaired, incompetent, or unethical in violation of any state licensing regulations. That was all I said in two or three sentences. I did not snark, riff, or make a wise crack.
I said this in a perfectly matter-of-fact manner. Based on working in a similar regulated profession (law) as well my experience with professional medical defense, I think that my comment was factually correct and answered the question. As of right now, the answers that do exist are largely about complaining on Yelp or otherwise taking action that in no way impairs a physician's ability to practice medicine even though that was what the OP asked about doing.
The question was "is there anything that can be done to stop this asshole of a doctor" and I answered it with an opinion that I believe to accurate based on my professional experience. What is the problem with an answer that is polite and factually accurate?
As I read the FAQ, my answer did not fall within the categories of "wisecracks, derailing/ranting/axegrinding, picking a fight with or heavy chastising of the question asker, single word posts (yes, no, DTMFA &c.) and other non-answers that should probably be brought to MetaTalk." While I realize that list is probably not exhaustive, I do not understand the reason for the deletion. When I have had an answer deleted, it did cross the quoted categories in most cases, but I am confused in this instance. I understand that the OP's question is about a very sensitive topic, and I wrote my answer with that in mind.
Let me be clear: this is not an attempt to make a fork from that AskMeFi thread and I do not think any discussion of the merits of the OP's question is needed. I am trying to determine why an answer that is not a wisecrack, rant, chastising of any kind or the like was removed and why it might be removed in other instances. Thank you very much.