This answer from a new contributor was deleted for the reason
Does not provide an answer to the question.
The question is:
Can "hilfreich" be used with people, or only with things?
The answer provides a cite from Goethe using hilfreich with people.
Edel sei der Mensch Hilfreich und gut Denn das allein unterescheidet ihn Von all Wesen die wir kennen.
This answer is clearly of poor quality. The sentence is not marked as a quote and no source is given. It contains several spelling mistakes.
But in my opinion it clearly provides an answer to the question. Corrected and given a source and some context, it could even be a very good answer. Instead it was deleted.
So my question is: Is Goethe not a noteworthy reference when it comes to the possibility of using adjectives in specific contexts? Or is there another reason making this answer not an answer and therefore deleting the first answer of a new contributor?
Rigorously deleting the first answer of a new contributor instead of pointing out the flaws and thereby giving them the chance to improve their answer is anything but welcoming. It will most certainly lead to the answer being their first and last contribution to this site. In my opinion it's at least careless and I would not be surprised if a new user, whose first answer is dealt with in this way, would consider this community to be arrogantly dismissive.
In my opinion, deletion should be reserved for spam and obvious troll posts.