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No, you can't hocus pocus a comment to be banished to the outer realms of the ether, but there is a short list of words that, if contained within a comment, cause the comment to be removed after a single flag.

Remember when we had a problem with folks brow beating other users about their accept rate? Well, guess what word was tossed into the magic cauldron? That's right, accept(ing).

Earlier today on Judaism, someone wrote a comment that began with:

I'm not accepting that [point totally irrelevant to the green check mark]

It was flagged, and deleted instantly. This isn't a huge problem in and of itself, though we might want to examine if we still need to fire on that particular phrase - the problem here is that a moderator could not undelete the comment. The only time a mod should be preventing from undeleting a comment is if the comment author was the one that deleted it.

Tagging this as a bug as I'm reasonably certain it's just an oversight.

To reproduce:

  • Leave a comment with a magic word
  • Flag it as a non mod
  • Preform the diamonding ritual, channel the cosmos as a non-developer
  • Weep, as the ashes of your toils lay in ruins before you, powerless to return them to former glory.

Saying please and reloading the page had no effect, so I don't think this is due to the INTERCAL rewrite that we just finished.

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Just a plea, really - remember that comments under this go right to my inbox and ... ah heck, go ahead, get on with it, I know you're going to anyway. –  Tim Post Feb 12 '14 at 7:07
I'm tempted to leave a comment with every single magic word I can think of. But then I realized that would not be acceptable because it'd be all profanity. :) –  Mysticial Feb 12 '14 at 7:13
while you are conjuring magic @TimPost, could you make Justin Beiber vanish, please??? –  user246806 Feb 12 '14 at 7:28
@Amaterasu The incantation you're looking for there is Deporte' Beiberiste - but you have to say it three times in front of a mirror in a dark bathroom after coding something in a language that starts with B. –  Tim Post Feb 12 '14 at 8:11
@TimPost Was it only one flag that caused it to be removed? I have been doing a lot of comment clean-up and it doesn't seem that accept(ing) triggers an instant delete. –  bluefeet Feb 12 '14 at 11:51
Related to this: would it make sense to have some sort of dashboard or record that moderators can browse that shows recently auto-deleted comments? If someone's going on an obscene tirade in comments, we don't even see that now unless someone raises a standard flag on the post where the comment(s) occurred. It might also help us detect these false positives so we could undelete them. –  Brad Larson Feb 12 '14 at 16:07
Is this bug going to be fixed? –  Mr.Wizard May 7 at 13:43

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