I posted a comment on the following question. My comment was:

You will have to work on your [accept rate](http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5234/how-does-accepting-an-answer-work). Currently it's catastrophic. Zero as in a singularity inside a black hole.

This comment was deleted by someone. I would like to know if showing users that don't know how to accept answers is considered as a bad thing so that I stop doing it or if not why would my comment have been deleted and do only moderators are InRole to delete comments.

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    Related Related
    – Rob Hruska
    Jul 25, 2011 at 21:32
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    Also, The Power is yours! :P
    – Rob Hruska
    Jul 25, 2011 at 21:44
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    See here for a helpful way to comment on a user's acc*pt rate.
    – user102937
    Jul 25, 2011 at 23:12
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    At least your original comment included a link that explains what "accept rate" means. Most of them that I see (and all of the ones that I personally flag) don't even go that far. How is someone who doesn't know about accept rate supposed to do in response to comments like that? Answer: Feel like this site is a hostile place with high-rep users who don't want to help.
    – Cody Gray
    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:24
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    Do I get a notification for deleted comments? Or is it like if it never happened? Even its history gets deleted?
    – Roberto
    Sep 30, 2019 at 23:27

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There are three ways that a comment can get deleted.

  • A user can delete their own comment.
  • A moderator can delete anyone's comments.
  • Any user with at least 15 reputation can flag a comment, and enough flags can cause the deletion of that comment.

People have been somewhat less tolerant of "accept rate" comments, so it is highly likely that your comment was simply subject to enough flags.

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    I said people have been less tolerant of those comments, I should've qualified that it is usually because of their scathing nature and an otherwise lack of contribution. People need to be taught somehow, but there are many ways to accomplish that.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 25, 2011 at 21:34
  • please be more precise. What is the well established code in this situation? Ctrl+W or a polite comment? Jul 25, 2011 at 21:36
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    There isn't a well-established code, @Darin. There are multiple approaches. Some people are in fact very creative in how they spur users to accept answers. I'd say politeness usually is helpful.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 25, 2011 at 21:37
  • OK, so if the community decided so please close my question as an exact duplicate. Jul 25, 2011 at 21:43
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    How can people be "taught" if deletion of comments can be done without the poster's knowledge? Some moderator (or power user) just deleted a bunch of - admittedly chit-chat - comments, but I was only alerted to that by somebody else noticing the deletions and posting a comment about that. One can't learn from a mistake if one is never told it was a mistake... Aug 25, 2011 at 7:51
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    Is there any way to see who removed your comment?
    – xaxxon
    Nov 21, 2016 at 11:34
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    enough flags means? How many flags? Jun 29, 2017 at 11:41

Without giving too much away, there are certain heuristics that make some types of comments a bit, shall we say, easier to flag away than others.



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