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This answer copies or rehashes sentences from elsewhere:

Ancient languages were complex but there is a trend towards simplicity rather complexity. However, numerous languages preserve various remnants of the earliest languages, like the case and gender systems, such as German.
https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/a/6401/82

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ancient languages were complex but there is a trend trend towards simplicity rather complexity.
Why are many ancient languages so complicated compared to many modern languages?

However, numerous languages preserve various remnants of the earliest languages, like the case and gender systems, such as German.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101214002537AARQkgs

It probably uses some kind of bot using computational linguistics. Our own weapons are used against us! On the other hand, the fact that it deleted the double trend trend from the first source (a typo) might indicate that the answer was compiled by hand, by a Mechanical Turk (Amazon), perhaps.

Note also that another answer from this user was deleted earlier, as it contained a spam link. Perhaps he uses answers like the above hoping to use reputation to make his spam less easy to identify?

  • Another possible explanation is simple plagiarism. Also do you have a link to the deleted answer you mean? The only deleted spam I have run into lately does not link back to the same user. – MetaEd Jan 15 '14 at 17:53
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    @MEd: It is possible, but the spam answer made me think robotic. Is there a way to find deleted answers for a user? I don't know how to find the spam answer. – Cerberus Jan 16 '14 at 2:55
  • @MEd: Ah, here is the spam link: linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/6400/… – Cerberus Jan 16 '14 at 3:14
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Thanks for bringing this up, the issue has been solved now.

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