Right off the bat I'm going to make it clear that I know full well that comments are ephemeral, transient, and
<third-word-here>. This question is more focused on the fact that a comment, which supposedly had something wrong with it was removed, yet when attempts to understand the reasoning behind the removal were made (for future references), no helpful information was provided.
In the post If someone is hurt by a literary reference, should it be removed? under my answer, I replied to a comment posted by another user directed at me:
@user So, essentially, 'My way or highway' - Glad to see how you're willing to discuss opposing points of views. The fact that you think using the poem in a different context other than the context of the holocaust is offensive shows that you don't understand poems and their interpretation.
(Note: Yes, there was initial sarcasm in the comment because I was originally under the impression that user in question was simply unwilling to hear out another opinion and were being dismissive as a result, but, other than that, I don't see anything worth the removal of this comment)
Today, I noticed that it had disappeared which seemed quite odd. So I flagged my answer with the following note:
Why was my comment to this [removed direct link to comment for the purpose of this post] comment removed? Please either reinstate the comment or delete the comment I was replying. You're are removing context for no reason and it doesn't help anybody. This sort of moderation is what gets us into these issues.1
and to my surprise, the flag was declined with a canned response:
declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it
Now, I'm very much aware that a custom reply can be given by mods because I have previously been in situations where a custom reply helped me understand the reasoning behind a moderators action. So, I flagged it again with the following thoughts in mind:
- If I had done something wrong, then I'd be told what I'd done wrong and learn from it so it can be avoided in the future and we could all move on
- Or, if the mod had misunderstood the comment then I could clarify and again, we could move on.
The accompanying flag note I left was:
I don't see how it's fair that this comment isn't deleted. I don't want to keep flagging2 nor do I wish to make meta post3 so can I be given reason for deletion of my comment that isn't canned?
I feel that I made a fairly reasonable request, especially with the above two outcomes in mind. ~3 hours passed and I noticed that the flag had been declined, once again. Upon further inspection I was even more confused to see that no reason whatsoever had been given:
that's literally all I'd been given. So here I am writing this post.
With that in mind, can someone:
- (ideally the mod responsible) Explain to me what's wrong with my original comment (as I don't believe the person who the comment was directed towards was offended and neither was I with the overall interaction with them)
- (the mod responsible can only answer this) Explain why the requests for more information in a scenario which would've helped either party understand their mistakes went ignored?
- Point me to a way to discuss these sort of things without bringing it so publicly to meta?
1 In hindsight, I shouldn't have added that final line as it was purely out of frustration due to the fact that recently I've been seeing comments disappear and either the context around them were left or there was nothing wrong with the comment in the first place and it was removed.
2 Because each decline brings me closer to a ban and it also takes mod attention away from other more pressing matters.
3 Because, really, we don't need more drama.