So I believe the mods over at SO are getting a bit trigger happy. This has happened before, but a comment I left in this thread was deleted a bit ago, and that spurred this thread here. The comment I left was:
The best way would be to stop using your form as a static, global data store.
No, that was not a direct answer to the question, which is why I left it as a comment. It was upvoted multiple times and, I believe, this is in fact the best answer to the question. Sometimes we don't get the answer we want because we have not considered all of the alternatives. The best answer is not always a direct answer to your specific question.
This is not the most egregiousness example (IMO of course), simply the most recent. I witnessed multiple comments deleted previously (some of them mine) which detailed a disagreement on the technical merits of the question being asked.
It was another case of not answering the question directly because the question itself was flawed. The OP did not realize that there were better alternatives. The ensuing conversation that took place in the comments had technical merit and proposed a better alternative to the OP's proposed course of action. The mods at SO however did not seem to like them, so they were deleted.
I wonder what the comments section is actually for. If it is not to have a meta-discussion of the question and/or response, what purpose does it have? This revisionist's history form of moderation is unnecessary and in some cases removes valuable information. There was no name calling in either of the two examples I listed here. No attacks, just suggestions.
I don't get it and I think it is making the community worse. It's also inconsistent as I see many similar comments which are not deleted. Of course the mods can't moderate every single thread, but how was this a violation of the rules? If they're just going to cherry-pick a similar comment every so often how is that making the community better?