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How do comments work?

I had a comment edited, and an apology to the moderator who I assume made the edit removed this afternoon. I assume that I crossed some kind of line with the original, and the apology removed as off topic, but I don't really know for sure.

I've read FAQs on posting questions, but have never seen one for comments, so I was wondering if there was a guide or FAQ to for comments that I could read so I would would be able to avoid this in the future.

Edit - To be clear, I am not disagreeing with the moderation in any way, I simply want to be more clear on the ground rules to participate in the community.

  • Comments should generally be topical, and of course courteous. Accept-rate badgering comments are terminated with extreme prejudice. Other comments may be considered obsolete after a brief period. What type of comment did you have removed or edited? Feb 27, 2012 at 20:53
  • @AnthonyPegram I gently chastised a new user for bringing requirements that should have been in the question later in a response to an answer. I didn't think I was over the line at the time, which prompted me to ask this question here on meta.
    – asawyer
    Feb 27, 2012 at 20:55
  • So for context, it was your comment on this answer? Feb 27, 2012 at 20:58
  • @AnthonyPegram Yes sir.
    – asawyer
    Feb 27, 2012 at 20:59
  • I think you're looking for How do comments work?, which is an official [faq] entry. You may also want to read the other posts that come up when you search for [faq] comments.
    – Pops
    Feb 27, 2012 at 21:12

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Comments are generally supposed to be temporary; one of the options when flagging a comment is "obsolete". Most likely the mod saw your apology comment, at which point the comment was no longer necessary, so he just deleted it. I can't see your original comment, so I don't know what you said that warranted editing, but I wouldn't really worry about it; it couldn't have been too bad or the mod would've said something. There isn't any special guide to etiquette in comments, although there is one for posting in general in the FAQ


In general, comments are used to clarify a post. They have no other "official" function.

It is rare, but if I encounter a comment that makes a valid point of clarification but is borderline rude, rather than delete the comment, I will just remove the offending words.

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