A few days ago I posted an answer (now deleted by moderator) to Technology that can survive a “Rubber-Hose attack”

A comment was left:

Felipe - this post has too many flags as 'not an answer' - and the comments you have received agree. I'll delete, but feel free to leave a post which does answer, rather than guess.

I understand that it would be better to post an answer without guessing, but in this case I think that won't be possible due to the nature of the question.

Even the second most upvoted answer starts by clarifying:

All of our answers are speculation, of course, ..

So, was using the word guess what lead to the deletion or the answer?

EDIT: maybe the key is the word exist in the question (What technology/methods exist that would...), in which case my answer fails since I don't know if the technology I mentioned exists, but still, some other answers there have the same flaw, so I don't get why only this one got deleted.

For those who can't see the deleted answer:

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  • The "Guess" of the other answers is referring to an interpretation of what Snowden said, not whether or not the technology/method that they propose in their answer exists – user2813274 Mar 11 '15 at 1:32
  • @user2813274 I also answered based on what Edward said – Felipe Pereira Mar 11 '15 at 1:38
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    The problem is your also guessing as to technology that doesn't exist (or you haven't shown it existing), whereas the others all use well-known systems to give a possible explanation – user2813274 Mar 11 '15 at 1:39
  • @user2813274 are the stack of cash or the "self-destroy-if-wrong-key" well-known systems? – Felipe Pereira Mar 11 '15 at 3:15
  • the self-destroy-if-wrong isn't a well-known system, thus all the down-votes on that answer.. the stack of cash is really just the input to a standard encryption system, it and it is explained in enough detail such that one can use it if they wanted to. – user2813274 Mar 11 '15 at 6:18
  • @user2813274 I'll leave the stack-of-cash out for now, so, we agree 'self-destroy-if-wrong' isn't something that exists and is also guessing, thus the downvotes (like my answer); I flagged it (using the same flag my answer received) and the flag was immediately disputed, so I'm still confused about how things should work – Felipe Pereira Mar 11 '15 at 12:29

No, the reason for deletion was not the guess. The comments seemed to give perfectly clear reasons for all the flags. I just added my comment to you to help steer you.

@schroeder tried to help guide you

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