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There is this question:

where it's divided to three different questions:

  1. Title question: How are ratios for one person CPR arrived at?
  2. How are the ratios determined?
  3. What impact if any do minor changes in the ratio have?

Initially I've answered it to 1. by giving the ratios according to NHS as I thought this was the main question, because of the title, but I've received comment that this is not what was asked for and that this is another question which gives the ratios (which sounded like this is not about at all):

I am not seeing how this answers the question. It seems to be just another example of possible ratios. – James Jenkins

And this answer explains what to do, not how the protocol is determined.. – Shlublu

Then James clarified that he wants answers actually related to 2. & 3. I've re-wrote the whole answer including what health impact have the minor ratio changes.

Shlublu commented in chat that it would be good to have historical changes instead.

The point is that the answer should focus on why thing change.

Which I don't see in the question it-self.

Then another person edited out the ratios for 'infants and children' completely, so I thought maybe the question should focus only on impact of minor changes, not the ratios at all.

Then today my question was removed by anongoodnurse, because my question doesn't answer what are the ratios arrived at?

Therefore I'm confused, what question actually ask or maybe different people interpreting this question in different ways? Or maybe the question should be clarified further more or closed as not clear?

And this was the right thing to do removing by my question.

I'm aware my answer is not perfect, but it's not tragic either.

For the reference:

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Or maybe the mods shouldn't interfere and trying to understand the answers and make the decision by them-self whether the answer answer the question or not, as people understanding the topic should do that (by up or down-voting the question). If answer was wrong, OP him-self should clarify in the comment if the answer meet his needs (he did, but it was before the right edit which was actually the result of his comment). This makes the SE model a bit flawed, as only one person decide whether answer should be removed or not.

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    For reference since most people can’t see deleted answers: the comments. – Susan Apr 23 '15 at 10:16
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Last things first:

Or maybe the mods shouldn't interfere and trying to understand the answers and make the decision whether the answer answer the question or not, as people understanding the topic should do that (by up or down-voting the question).

Voting works well to bring good answers to the top, and is the model SE is based on. But votes aren't a foolproof measure of an answer's worth. We are all probably familiar with inaccurate answers that skyrocketed because it is a popular opinion or a question hit the "hot questions" list, and many accurate answers that languish with an up vote or two because people don't understand it or it is not well written.

That brings us to what a good answer is. Our help center under how do I write a good answer states:

Read the question carefully. What, specifically, is the question asking for? Make sure your answer provides that – or a viable alternative.

As authors of an answer, it's natural to feel protective of our answers, but they exist within a community.

Don't forget that you can edit the question you're answering to improve the clarity and focus - this can reduce the chances of the question being closed or deleted.

When someone receives multiple comments from multiple users about an answer, please take it as it's meant: an attempt to help you make your answer better. We all want the site to provide good answers.

Should the mods interfere? Mods respond to flags. If your question draws flags, mods will get involved somehow. This is what happened to your answer.

  • Thanks for you reply. It's great that mods react to flags, but it doesn't mean the answer needs to be removed. In this case the question was confusing, not the answer which was evolving through the requests based on the comments. Your answer doesn't address my main problem, should this answer be removed, as it actually answer 2. & 3. questions. Previous version was answering the ratios (1.), but OP said in comments it's not what's about (some comments were removed already). – kenorb Apr 23 '15 at 17:43
  • It is very true that questions can be confusing. In that case, it's better to ask for clarification from the author before posting an answer. The answer may be straightforward, but if it doesn't mainly address the question, it's not necessarily a good answer. – anongoodnurse Apr 23 '15 at 17:56
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    I've asked for clarification from the author as he complained that this is another answer of possible ratios, by asking 'Is you question is about impact of minor changes then?' or something like that (I've removed this comment later on, as I thought it has been cleared out), he replied: 'Yes, that is what I want to know.' (which is still there). So I've rewritten my whole answer to meet his criteria. It was fairly accepted and Shlublu didn't have much concerns apart of missing historical changes (which OP didn't ask). – kenorb Apr 23 '15 at 18:23
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    Please read the above. I understand the feelings people have when they are down voted, close voted or deleted (I've experienced that as well.) The issue here is that I don't think the bulk of your answer addressed the question. If you want to discuss this further, please ping me in chat. – anongoodnurse Apr 23 '15 at 18:58
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    As a lowrep nonmod user I do not have the full picture of course, but I must object to your view of the evolution of kenorbs answer. At the beginning it was not at all what the question asked for (I do not see how the title asks for ratios to be used, but thats not the issue here). But afterwards kenorb did listen to comments and by the edits it was improved. Now he gives information of how compression rates relate to efficiency of CPR which is how the ratios currently recommended are arrived at. The answer may not be perfectly structured but is absolutely valid with no reason for deletion. – imsodin Apr 24 '15 at 2:01
  • @anongoodnurse Please clarify what I need to do to, so my answer could be undeleted. – kenorb Apr 24 '15 at 11:39
  • Read the above. I have discussed with you the problems I thought your answer had. Again, we can discuss this further in a room if you like. – anongoodnurse Apr 24 '15 at 14:54
  • @anongoodnurse 'When someone receives multiple comments from multiple users about an answer, please take it as it's meant: an attempt to help you make your answer better' -> I did changes to my answer every time when somebody commented or suggested something, so this is not relevant. – kenorb Apr 24 '15 at 15:31
  • @anongoodnurse I did 'Read the question carefully.' and the question was evolved to that state what is now, and I think it's correct. If you have any specific issues about my answer, please clarify. – kenorb Apr 24 '15 at 15:32

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