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I just flagged 3 comments. One got deleted, one - to the best of my memory - got modified to something I'd be less inclined to flag. Modification happened 4 days after the comment was written.

Can mods modify (not just delete) comments of other users? Can users with enough privilege do that with their own comments?

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Yes, diamond moderators can edit comments without a deadline.

Only diamond moderators can do this; it is not a reputation privilege.

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  • How is such moderator privilege justified given that the said user can't revert/adjust the edit? Something that one might not agree with becomes associated with that user's name. Deletion I understand, editing - not so much. – A.S. Jan 4 '16 at 14:15
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    @A.S. Moderators are supposed to be trustworthy. They can suspend and even delete accounts, so editing comments should not be an issue. Also, you can still delete your comment after a moderator has edited it. – Dennis Jan 4 '16 at 14:25
  • It's not a question of trustworthiness but of mind-reading. If the edit is minor, it's not necessary, if the edit is major, the deletion is more appropriate. Majorly edited comments (with no revision history available/no time-stamp of the latest edit) remove appropriate context from comments that follow (one can infer a deletion from a gap in the flow but not an unmarked late edit). – A.S. Jan 4 '16 at 14:41
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    @A.S. feel free to flag the comment again if it bothers you so much. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask V2 Jan 4 '16 at 14:42
  • @Shadow As I mentioned in the OP, it doesn't. What bothers me is that there is no track-record (that is visible to me) of these late edits. The time-stamp on the comment should be updated when modified late by the mod. I had to do a triple-take to make sure I wasn't imagining changes. A time-stamp would set things straight. – A.S. Jan 4 '16 at 14:59
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    @A.S. comments are minor. There is a pencil icon when the comment is edited, and moderators can probably see the revisions. All in all, really can't see any problem here. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask V2 Jan 4 '16 at 15:00
  • @Shadow If comments are that minor, they should not be modified by a mod trying to mindread the author. Comments already track the last revision time and number of revisions. Why shouldn't moderator's actions be a part of this tracking? – A.S. Jan 4 '16 at 15:02
  • @A.S. well, feel free to start new feature requests, one asking to remove the moderators ability to edit comments, and one to publicly record such edits, as long as it's allowed. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask V2 Jan 4 '16 at 15:07

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