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I posted an answer on a question and it got deleted. I would like to know who did it and what was wrong with my answer? The answer was

@Bulldogg6404 said that C is the only valid conclusion. Well, even C is not valid since we do not know that apples are food.

Therefore, the answer is none of these.

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you please include your answer also, since many users might not have seen that particular post. $\endgroup$ – ghosts_in_the_code Feb 14 '15 at 14:50
  • $\begingroup$ oops!! thanks for telling... i completely forgot! $\endgroup$ – The Dragonista Feb 14 '15 at 14:53
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I was actually one of them (or maybe the one) who flagged it for deletion, so I guess you get an explanation directly from the source!

I flagged it as low quality for a few reasons actually.


A) This is the main reason. I figured it was unrealistic, and kinda ridiculous, no offence. I admit this may be KIND of in scope, if it was but it wasn't.

B) It was more like a comment. You were directing a comment to Bulldogg6404, this would've been better as a comment to his answer.

C) Your answer was not quite in scope, well actually, it wasn't in scope at all. You said none of these, that was not an available option.

D) You had very little explanation as to why this answer worked, and you gave absolutely no reason as to why you believe it worked for this question, keeping in mind C)


I hope this helped as to answer your question, next time keep in mind how the community will most likely react to your answer.

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Your answer was essentially

we do not know that apples are food.

This is not an answer so much as a sarcastic comment; hence, it was flagged as Very Low Quality and I deleted it.

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    $\begingroup$ I beg to differ but I in no way was being sarcastic. Moreover, nowhere in the question is it mentioned that apples are a subcategory/part of food, hence, I reached the conclusion that none of the options provided by the person who posted the question were correct.Now, either there is a fault in the question or you have misinterpreted/misunderstood my answer and hence made a mistake by deleting the same. And even if you believe the question is correct, all I am asking for is a justification, is that too much? $\endgroup$ – The Dragonista Feb 14 '15 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ @The Dragonista I flagged it, see my answer. $\endgroup$ – warspyking Feb 14 '15 at 15:08
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    $\begingroup$ @TheDragonista In what universe are apples not food? Does each and every word of a puzzle have to be explicitly defined? See also: meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com/q/1334/39 $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Feb 14 '15 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Doorknob I think my a seer sums up my reasoning quite nicely. $\endgroup$ – warspyking Feb 14 '15 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ We can't just assume stuff!! What if that is the trick in the puzzle?? (P.S- Mate, who's being sarcastic now?) $\endgroup$ – The Dragonista Feb 14 '15 at 15:20
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    $\begingroup$ @TheDragonista At that point, what stops one from answering, say, how do you get the sword on the train with "stab the conductor"? Please read the meta post I linked. (Sorry if you feel that way, but I'm not trying to use any sarcasm here.) $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Feb 14 '15 at 15:24
  • $\begingroup$ Type correction in last comment: answer* @The Dragonista if there were a trick like this, it would be tagged lateral-thinking or brainteaser or trick $\endgroup$ – warspyking Feb 14 '15 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ Hmm... except that this is a syllogism. All assumptions need to be stated; a proper formation would include "all apples are food" and "all food is either edible or inedible". But then it's not a puzzle, per se. I honestly think the answer was only poor because the question was worse. $\endgroup$ – Yamikuronue Feb 15 '15 at 22:58
  • $\begingroup$ Should this answer be deleted for the same reason? I haven't flagged it yet, but it seems to meet the same criteria for 'Very Low Quality'. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 7 '15 at 22:57

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