If you flag a comment that happens to have been deleted before you flagged it (probably because several other people have flagged it) then a red box is displayed that states that that comment no longer exists. Ordinarily flagging a comment will not display anything.

I don't think that flagging a comment that doesn't exist is so significant that I should see a big error box when it happens. This is made even worse by the fact that I can't do anything about it!

If you feel like you have to display something to me when I try to flag an offensive, spammy or abusive comment that doesn't exist anymore, then please don't make it look like I've done something wrong. Make it something that is happy and cheerful because this one little piece of offensiveness, spam or abuse is no longer a part of this world.

Edit: Since this feature is probably behaving as designed I've retagged the post as a feature-request.

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    Do you really think it is worth their time to fix this on the rare occasion that a deleted comment is flagged? – jjnguy Aug 17 '09 at 19:52
  • @jjnguy, It's definitely a polish issue. One of the nice things about how this system works is that this issue and its resolution will be documented and it won't have to be dealt with again. – David Locke Aug 17 '09 at 20:16
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    @David: Oh, sure, blame the Polish... – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 17 '09 at 20:18
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    @Pesto: What a racist. I am disgusted by this. – GEOCHET Aug 17 '09 at 20:21
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    Q: What's the contour integral around Western Europe? A: Zero - because all the Poles are in Eastern Europe! – John Fouhy Aug 17 '09 at 22:15

You got an error message telling you that an error occurred...when an error occurred (trying to delete something that no longer exists).

If this is not by-design, I don't know what is.

  • You and your pony logic have no place here! – Welbog Aug 17 '09 at 19:57
  • I know that an error occurred on the server side. But since it was on the server side do I really need to know about it? – David Locke Aug 17 '09 at 20:23
  • You don't need to do anything...you don't need to use the site. You don't need to worry about a little red box. – jjnguy Aug 17 '09 at 20:31
  • @Jerk: Addiction is a funny thing. Sure, he may not physically need it, but a psychological dependence can feel like a life-or-death need. Kind of like how you feel about Welbog. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 17 '09 at 20:37
  • My feelings about Welbog are my own, you shouldn't be bringing them out on a public forum like this! (But, I see what you mean) – jjnguy Aug 17 '09 at 20:39
  • @TheTXI: Admitting that you don't know is the first step.. – devinb Aug 17 '09 at 20:51
  • @devinb: Well, then what is the second step? – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 17 '09 at 21:00
  • @Pesto: We can only hope the second step is suicide. – GEOCHET Aug 17 '09 at 21:01
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    Then we could make some glue! – jjnguy Aug 17 '09 at 21:04

This just proves my theory about hyper sensitive people on the internet.

I know the first time I got a red error box on StackOverflow, I cried for 3 days.

  • I got you beat, I cut my ear off! (stupid one-uppers...) – jjnguy Aug 17 '09 at 19:50
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    You guys have nothing on me. The first time I saw a red box, I killed myself! – Welbog Aug 17 '09 at 19:52
  • Uphill! Both ways! – TheTXI Aug 17 '09 at 19:54
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    Following established meta guidelines, I also killed Welbog the first time I saw a red box. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 17 '09 at 19:58
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    MetaSO: Where the regulars get to have the same argument over and over again, with the newbies in the crossfire. – devinb Aug 17 '09 at 20:03
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    MetaSO: Where the regulars kill Welbog every time they see a red box. – TheTXI Aug 17 '09 at 20:06
  • @devinb: You must also consider this...There's no point in shooting wildly if you don't hope to take out a few innocent bystanders. – TheTXI Aug 17 '09 at 20:06
  • @TheTXI: But if you shoot wildly, you'll miss most of them. That's not very efficient. – devinb Aug 17 '09 at 20:09
  • This is why I tithe regularly, so that my Spray & Pray attack has increased accuracy. – TheTXI Aug 17 '09 at 20:10
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    @devinb: Not if you line them up in dense walls encircling you. – GEOCHET Aug 17 '09 at 20:11
  • @devinb: Who needs efficiently when drive-bys are so much faster? Plus, you don't have to stand up. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 17 '09 at 20:11
  • MetaSO: Serious Conversation Not Allowed. – Tyler Carter Aug 17 '09 at 20:13
  • @Rich B: That's how you see them all the time, isn't it? In your head, it's like the end of a zombie movie with you as the lone survivor, determined to use up all your ammo on wave after wave of enemies before going down swinging beneath the never-ending tide. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 17 '09 at 20:15
  • @Pesto: See who? The trolls? Yes. They are all around us. It is all we can do to keep from being sucked under by them. – GEOCHET Aug 17 '09 at 20:16
  • @RichB That's quite the mixing of metaphors. – devinb Aug 17 '09 at 20:50

I see nothing wrong with letting you know that the comment no longer exists.

You know you didn't do anything wrong, what makes you think you did? The red box appears all of the time. I appreciate the consistency.


The big red boxes don't mean that you've done something wrong.

Many things on SO use those big red boxes. If you downvote a question, you get a big box advising you to leave a comment.

Certainly downvoting is not something wrong so why would you think the same of this feature?

If you try to vote on two comments within 5 seconds, you get the red box. if you try to comment twice within 30 seconds, you get the box, basically advising you that it ignored what you just did.

If you flag a question/answer, you get the big red box.

  • Red means "look at me!" not "shame on you!" "Shame on you!" is chartreuse, "stop doing that!" is periwinkle, and "this is your final warning" is papaya whip. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 17 '09 at 20:00
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    Red means "Stop"... Hammer Time! – TheTXI Aug 17 '09 at 20:05
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    @TheTXI: YOU ARE WHITE. – GEOCHET Aug 17 '09 at 20:20
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    @Rich B: Which is why he's making that reference about 20 years too late. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 17 '09 at 20:21
  • @Pesto: It is just as cheesy and lame now as it was then. – GEOCHET Aug 17 '09 at 20:21
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    Would you rather that we... Stop, Collaborate and Listen? – devinb Aug 17 '09 at 20:57
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    @devinb: Somewhere, a fairy is dying... because I'm punching it in the face repeatedly. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 17 '09 at 21:00

The red box does not mean that you did something in error, the Red Box simply means that there is a message that the user should know about.

Much like a javascript alert. It is simply for information, do not be alarmed. Please continue your days.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


What error? What inconvenience?

When I flag something because it upsets me, I am happy to learn that it is no longer there so I don't have to be upset anymore.

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