I'm wondering whether I ought to complain about this answer ... whether there's anything useful to be learned from a complaint, or harm from not complaining.
I'm prompted by the OP's comment here:
Its a straightforward question, similar to Kamma & the Holocaust. It is EVIDENCE BASED rather than opinion based.
My complaints about it include the following.
It's an answer whose topic is history, not Buddhism
Perhaps it's trying to explain (historical origins of) the holocaust, but isn't trying to explain Buddhism. If it were more focussed on trying to explain Buddhism I think it might say instead, more briefly,
Buddhism teaches that there's "collective kamma" -- and the nazis attacked all jews because some individuals had historically been trade unionists, bankers, communists.
The only hint of Buddhism in the current answer is that it "occurred due to collective kamma".
Most of the answer lists (allegedly) historical facts (about jews), which are off-topic; I don't want to say that history-of-Buddhism is off-topic, or that Buddhists should be blind to history (nor blind to science for that matter), but this isn't the right SE site to teach history (which might be important for the same kinds of reason that posts about medicine should be off-topic). I don't want to complain about historical doctrine (i.e. what's being taught about history) because I think the subject of that complaint would be off-topic (i.e. I don't want to discuss that topic, history of the holocaust, on this site), OTOH I also don't want to allow unreviewed, inexpert posts about history to be posted without review; so I'm conflicted. Perhaps such a post shouldn't be allowed on this site (if you want to post it, perhaps post it History.SE where it could be reviewed by historians).
Apart from the fact there too much history (or pseudo-history) in it, is this answer an explanation "in Buddhist terms" as requested by the question? Does Buddhism teach "collective karma"? Would it be Buddhist to suspend the OP's account because some other guy of his ethnicity had previously been trolling?
Wasn't it because of the Nazis' actions, more than the Jews', that the holocaust "occurred"?
The author of the answer clearly felt it was right to post it. And it was open for 2 days before any moderator deleted it, and when it was eventually deleted that might have been because of the comments (i.e. the answer conformed to current rules as we understand them).
Is there some reason why that answer wasn't OK, some characteristic of it that a moderator ought to identify: off-topic, offensive, something else?
You could post a similar answer about any or every ethnic and/or religious group (to pick some at random -- Christians, Slavs, the French -- every group has included some bankers, trade unionists, communists): would those answers have been just as good, and/or is that "evidence" that the original answer is untrue or (more probably) incomplete, an insufficient (misleading) explanation?
I think we've been quite good at keeping anti-Christian, anti-Muslim (and anti-Buddhist) posts off the site, but I couldn't see a moderation rule for deleting this answer. Should there be one, should there be a rule, is there a rule which should, apply to this answer?
Or is it a "legal" answer to the question, but there's something wrong with the question?