Two interactions with comments over the last couple days have led me to believe that the overall user experience on SE concerning comments and just general user interaction could be improved.
The first was on this post:
This led me to quickly flagging 3 of his comments, one with not constructive, one with chatty, and the last one with an other flag explaining that the user had something stuck in his craw. All 3 flags were validated and the users comments were deleted which led to these comments:
(I didn't respond, but I was annoyed that he didn't take the hint and go away).
Which leads to my first request:
- If someones comments are deleted from a post by a moderator give the person a cool down timer before they can interact with/post comments on the post again.
I think this would accomplish two things:
Let the user cool off, in which case he could then come back and have a positive interaction with the post again. (If the user feels so inclined)
Give a user that doesn't feel inclined to act properly a wake up call that his actions won't be tolerated, and he should go away.
My second request actually comes from one of my own comments being deleted today. I posted a comment on the answer to this question. While I was away someone replied to that comment and I got a notification when I came back.
However when I clicked on the notification it took me to the question but both my comment and the reply had been deleted because of this scope question on the particular SE site.
I can say this because of what I read from the notification:
@ryan - I'm not disagreeing with you, but your comment is addressing what is True - something...
Which is why my second request is this:
- Please allow me to see comments and comments directed @me when clicking on the notification in my inbox, even if they have been deleted, for a limited amount of time.
On a site like the one my comment was made on, my comment and the reply could actually have made for a lively and academic debate in the chat. However now there is no record of either. And I don't even know what the rest of the reply said.
I see this as different from other requests to see deleted comments in two ways. First, I don't want to see all deleted comments. I don't even want to see all of my deleted comments. I just want to see my comment that has a reply I haven't seen yet for a little bit of time. (It's super annoying to see that someone took the time to reply to you, good or bad, and not be able to see it!)
Heck once I've viewed it from clicking on the notification the comments could be hidden again on page refresh.
I think that this is feasible only in conjunction with my first request. Because then even if it's a flame on me and it ticks me off, my comment was deleted so I can't just fire back, I would have to sit and think on the comment(cool my head) or forget about it and move on.
EDIT: I removed the original part of this suggestion and am only asking for the alternative which I proposed.
Alternatively I would suggest:
- Getting rid of notifications (which have not been seen yet) which are generated by reply's to comments that have been deleted.
As no matter what your stance is on deleted comment viewing, I think we can all agree that having some sort of UX interaction that does nothing (except hint at content you won't ever be able to see*), is not good UX design.
EDIT: As has been discussed a little in comments, I would be happy if either of the second requests were implemented. I think that either one would be an improvement to the overall UX.
*Unless of course you become a mod on that site.