The question Did Kim Jong-il Score 11 holes in one in golf? received an answer, that has since been deleted in response to flags.
The justification for the deletion seems to have been disputed in the (now deleted) comments, so this is an opportunity to continue the discussion in a more productive location.
The answer attempted to prove that Kim Jong-il could not have made the score, due to its statistical improbability.
The answer had two problems that were fixable:
- its mathematical analysis contained major flaws and needed to be redone.
- it made reference to a casually racist meme that had no bearing on the matter.
However, it had some fundamental flaws that made it a "broken window":
- It did not attempt to introduce facts about the actual case; it did not address the claim.
To whit: The Korean government made a claim that Kim Jong-il performed a super-human (but not supernatural) feat, demonstrating he was no ordinary person. The answer showed that it was extremely unlikely that an ordinary person could achieve such a feat. There is no conflict between these two statements.
- Arguably, it provided original research - a new model of the chances of getting holes-in-one. Personally, I think this issue is on a spectrum, so we can debate if this answer went too far.
Aside: The issue of whether mathematical proofs are allowed has come up before. We consistently see that:
- the community is not terribly developed in its reviews of mathematical proofs; ones with major flaws get upvoted.
- more importantly, mathematical proofs rely heavily on premises (i.e. assumptions). These assumptions need to be made explicit and clearly referenced. This is rarely done well.
We should be giving mathematical proofs far more scrutiny, and not voting them up because they have the appearance of rigour.
This meta-question is to inform people what happened, and if they are not happy, to give them a chance to come up with better community standards for the mods to follow in these cases.