Yesterday I asked a question which was quite open ended and lacked direction because I wasn't sure exactly what I was asking. I put some examples and very general statements to try to account for my ignorance and cast a wider net. Essentially, the real question I was asking (but didn't realise I was asking) was:
Is this what a geodesic is? Should I be using geodesic equations to find this curve?
The comments I received helped a lot because they contained the answer I was looking for: the type of curve is a geodesic.
However when I tried to post this as an answer (and I am more than willing to delete my own answer to let one of the commentors post their version and get credit for it), I got many hostile messages which confused me.
This one comment was particularly troubling:
Here Alex admits I asked a very general question, but that my answer is not valid. Additionally, he admits that he had difficulties understanding my description.
In a situation like this, is it not best practise to err on the side of the person who actually asked the question?
How do I proceed with this? I updated my original question to be much more clear now that I have the benefit of hindsight. Is there a way to restore this answer?