I answered a question yesterday and my answer was deleted. There was a comment left by the moderator about it lacking references.
I understand the rules of Skeptics.SE and the need for references but I'm questioning here whether deleting an unreferenced answer is the appropriate action rather than leaving the comment (and maybe a downvote).
I added references to the answer shortly (within around 20 minutes) after the comment but it remains deleted 16 hours later.
The question has been viewed 122 times as of this writing. Based on the times of the events, most of those viewings would have been in the time period when there was a valid but deleted answer to the question. This seems less than optimal. As a low rep user myself, I have to wonder how many good answers I may have not been able to see at all due to them being deleted.
I couldn't see anything in the Meta question about referencing on what happens to unreferenced answers. The top-voted answer to a linked question suggests that downvoting is the appropriate way to enforce the references required rule. Another answer suggests the same thing.
On a separate, related note, as long as I haven't missed something in my reparations to that answer, would someone mind undeleting it?