I recently posted an answer to the question Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin. The answer stated:
Others have good advice: none-cotton, tight underwear; balm or talcum powder; dry clothes.
However, I have one more option: when I'm on the move and start feeling chaffing in my bum, I'll do the moonwalk. This works best with the loose basketball shorts I usually wear, but can be done with other shorts or pants as well.
To do the moonwalk, stow away any trekking poles you have, drop your pants and underwear so that the waistband is below your butt cheeks (and crotch, if you're having problems there). Grab the crotch of your pants like a bad-ass G, and start hiking.
I find I air out after about 10-15 minutes of moonwalking, and can pull my pants up after. Just make sure to watch out for strangers coming up the trail in front of or behind you!
Today, I have found the answer to be deleted, with comments of
amusing, but unhelpful. – Liam
bchilders - not useful. Please re-read How to Answer – Rory Alsop
So, I ask, why was my comment deleted? According to some of those who apparently had a part in deleting it, my answer was not useful - however, I contend the opposite. This answer was jocular, yes - the moonwalk itself is jocular. But the technique itself is legitimately useful, and I have used it myself on many occasions to great effect!
For an ultralight hiker who needs to make miles, who forgoes talcum powder and lube, this is an excellent technique for stopping chaffing early, while still hiking. Of course, most will agree that other options are preferable and take precedence, such as wearing sweat-wicking underwear. However, sometimes these options do not work, such as in a hot, humid climate where large amounts of sweat are inevitable.
I have read both articles on why answers might be deleted, and I have found no reason for why mine qualifies. I answered the question, I wrote to the best of my ability, I was polite and friendly to the asker, and I did, indeed, have fun. The answer was not commentary, did not ask a different question, and provided an answer I did not see in other answers or comments
Was there some way I should have improved my answer? Should I have specified that, for between-the-legs chaffing, you will need to do a bit of a waddle? That sometimes, when the chaffing is particularly bad, I will grab a cheek in each hand and pull them apart as I walk? That, no, you should not perform the moonwalk on popular trails near metropolitan areas? I don't know.
Thus, I ask, of those who voted in particular, but also to the community at large, what are the specific reasons for my answer being deleted? If this deletion was not made in error, I would like to know the reason, so that I can provide better answers in the future - but I would also request that in the future, those who vote for the deletion of posts provide clearer answers for their decisions. If it was made in error, I request that those who voted for deletion who also see this meta question reverse their votes, so that other hikers in the future who wish to know how to deal with chaffing will have another possible option that may work for them.