I was surprised to find that my answer "Reports of GPLv3 and AGPLv3 "virality" are greatly exaggerated" for the question "AGPL - what you can do and what you can't" was deleted -- the first time a deletion ever happened to me.
I read up about deletions on help/deleted-answers and found that (in my view) my answer is nowhere near the profile of things that would usually be deleted. I contacted the moderator who performed the deletion and he suggested I start a discussion here at Meta.
Looking for related discussions, I found "What types of legal questions are on-topic here?", for which the top answer suggests a legal question would be on-topic if it asks something in general terms (and off-topic if it asks for personal legal advice.)
But a general, relevant-to-programmers discussion is exactly what I believe this question and my answer are doing:
- My answer is controversial, but it argues carefully for its claims (unlike nearly all of the critical comments)
- It provides specific pointers to the relevant original materials and other sources supporting that argumentation.
- It answers the original question, if lengthily.
- It took about half a day to research and compose and is correspondingly detailed and thorough. It has received 93 upvotes. (I wrote it because I had long wanted to clarify this for myself and I consider it one of my three-or-so best contributions to the stackexchange universe.)
Do you think this deletion is appropriate? Inappropriate? Why?
If inappropriate, please vote for undelection (at the answer).