However, a mod unilaterally marked my answer as spam, which resulted in its deletion, and a 100-reputation deduction from my account. (Normally, it would take six non-mod users’ flags to mark an answer as spam and trigger these consequences, to prevent any misjudgements with regards to answer deletion and user rep deduction.) The mod also left this comment:
Screenshot of my deleted answer:
I was accused of spamming, which is untrue. The answer I posted contains a link to a free, open-source, and non-profit browser extension that is a solution to the problem OP is asking about. I am NOT AFFILIATED with the browser extension in any way. The answer was made in good faith and included steps and a screenshot on how to configure the extension to solve what OP is asking about. It was not intended as spam or “solely product promotion”. I have been using my SE account for more than 10 years and I have never engaged in spam or “product promotion” of any kind. The post is also locked so I can't edit it.
According to the Meta SE FAQ post, What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do they work?
A post should be marked as spam only if it promotes a product, service, or similar; and is unsolicited or lacks disclosure of affiliation.
- Unsolicited means that mentioning the product serves no purpose other than promotion. For example, if an answer mentions software that may solve the asker’s problem or a question about web programming references a website as an example, this is not unsolicited (it may still be spam if there is an undisclosed affiliation).
- Lacks disclosure of affiliation means that the author is clearly affiliated with the product but does not disclose their affiliation. Note that a simple “my” may suffice. However, the disclosure must happen in the post itself; the author’s username and profile do not count. […]
Notice that it says "and is unsolicited…", but my answer isn’t unsolicited. It is a direct response to OP’s question. I wasn't going around posting links in random questions. "Disclosure of affiliation" does not apply to the answer since I am in no way affiliated with the browser extension I linked to. It is only an answer to OP’s question.
I would like to request that my answer please be undeleted, unmarked as spam, and the 100 rep be restored. I made the answer in good faith to answer the question and not to spam. I am willing to make the necessary edits to ensure that it does not sound promotional or spammy.