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This time I just cannot imagine what was wrong with my first comment at:

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I'm sure deleted/hidden comments are still available for the mods so anyone could explain what I've done wrong

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What was your comment? Care to share? –  Bart Aug 28 '12 at 20:29
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Having your comment deleted doesn't necessarily mean you did something wrong, comments are ephemeral by nature, it might just be the case that your comment was obsolete. Strictly speaking, if your comment wasn't about requesting clarifications or about providing constructive criticism, you shouldn't have posted it in the first place - see: stackoverflow.com/privileges/comment –  Yannis Aug 28 '12 at 20:33
    
@Bart: Something like "It's very, very, very, very bad idea" –  zerkms Aug 28 '12 at 20:37
    
@zerkms Mwah, most likely under the header "not constructive" I guess. Possibly flagged. Some might find it noise if you don't qualify that comment. Not something I would flag, but well... Anyway, just a guess. I can't see the comment, nor its possible flags. :) –  Bart Aug 28 '12 at 20:38
    
@Bart: I'm wondering then why such useful comment has been flagged and deleted, and the whole question (which is just silly) wasn't :-S I don't want to live on this planet anymore –  zerkms Aug 28 '12 at 20:40
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@zerkms Haha, well, if comment deletion is the biggest problem you have, then you have a pretty sweet life. ;) –  Bart Aug 28 '12 at 20:41
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@zerkms I don't want to live on this planet anymore May I suggest moving to Mars? The climate is excellent this time of the year... –  Yannis Aug 28 '12 at 20:41
    
@Yannis Rizos: that's a good alternative, actually. At least I would have the better and cheaper internet connection than I have now (New Zealand) –  zerkms Aug 28 '12 at 20:42
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If this was the gist of your comment:

It's very, very, very, very bad idea

What good is it? Explain why you think the idea is bad next time, the comment probably got flagged because it sounds rude and is extremely unhelpful.

If a few users flag your comment, it gets zapped. That doesn't mean you did something wrong, it just means part of the community thought it was better of being removed.

I'm wondering then why such useful comment has been flagged and deleted, and the whole question (which is just silly) wasn't

That's just like, your opinion man.

The question isn't necessarily silly, I've had issues with people copy/pasting generated temporary passwords before, and they copy too much (make a mistake) and end up emailing me for support when it doesn't work, which is annoying. In that case, I prefer to make them type it.

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Despite the irony, I purged all of the comments on this answer. Why? Because they completely degenerated into arguing about semantics. The only suggestion worth preserving is "if you believe your comment is providing a valuable warning to the asker, turn it into an answer". Comments have always been second-class citizens on the network. If all else fails and you absolutely believe your comment deserves to stay, just post it again. It might get flagged again or it might not. But make sure you're commenting for the right reasons - to teach something, not just to toss out an off-the-cuff opinion. –  Anna Lear Aug 28 '12 at 23:08
    
@AnnaLear But now I need a meta-meta to ask why my comments were deleted. –  Dave Newton Aug 28 '12 at 23:30
    
@DaveNewton Even worse. I now have to ask why my comments were paraphrased. Tsk tsk tsk. –  Bart Aug 29 '12 at 11:15
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