Recently, an answer of mine was deleted for being a complete answer to a question.

However, since I did not give the final value of the wavelength, why is this "a complete answer"?


You did give the final value. If the answer is $4$, and I write $2+2$ and leave it unevaluated, I gave the final value. An arithmetical computation is not a meaningful part of solving a problem, and if that is the only step that separates you from the answer, then the problem is done. Sorry but you don't have a case here -- the best you can do is to forget about this and move on.

  • $\begingroup$ out of curiosity: is posting a question in the meta forum the only way to ask clarifications on such specific closures? Should there a realistic opportunity for the poster to modify her/his question or answer so it can comply with the policy? In most other instances of closure or deletion, the decision is the result of a vote, and while some votes carry more weights than other, it takes time to accumulate enough votes to close or delete, thereby usually affording the poster time to consider comments on a question or answer and make (or not) adjustments. $\endgroup$ – ZeroTheHero Oct 11 '17 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ I suppose my point is: is it practical to suggest either editing or at least self-deletion by the poster before deletion by the moderators. $\endgroup$ – ZeroTheHero Oct 11 '17 at 0:07

The comment that ACuriousMind (ACM) left when deleting your question is,

I'm deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please do not give complete or near-complete answers to homework-like questions

This comment is basically the same thing that is written in the homework policy under the heading Why don't you provide a complete answer to homework questions?

So even if you wanted to argue that you did not give a complete answer (which I'd agree that AFT's assessment is correct), one could even more easily argue that you gave a near-complete answer that is treated the same as a complete answer to this type of question.


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