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?


Yes, diamond moderators can edit comments without a deadline.

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

  • 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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