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

You will have to work on your accept rate. 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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    – Rob Hruska
    Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 21:32
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    Also, The Power is yours! :P
    – Rob Hruska
    Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 21:44
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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. Commented 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
    Commented Sep 30, 2019 at 23:27
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    @Roberto Seems like the comments just vanish into thin air. I actually came here wondering about comment deletion rules, as I've had some I think got deleted, but I have literally no feedback about it. I actually reposted a couple because afaik they were acceptable as comments (e.g., feedback about a question) and also it's entirely within possibility that I just typed it and forget to ever hit "add comment" (squirrel!!). I see lots of linked questions showing general confusion over comments, so it seems to be something of a general site problem.
    – JamieB
    Commented Mar 5, 2023 at 19:40

2 Answers 2


There are three ways that a comment can get deleted.

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
    Commented 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? Commented 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
    Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 21:37
  • OK, so if the community decided so please close my question as an exact duplicate. Commented 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... Commented Aug 25, 2011 at 7:51
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    Is there any way to see who removed your comment?
    – xaxxon
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 11:34
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    enough flags means? How many flags? Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 11:41
  • @MarjanVenema Apparently some comments that are otherwise fine may be deleted when they're no longer needed (there's a flag for that). But they aren't scrutinized much, according to this answer. But I agree that we should be notified when doing something wrong, even in a comment (hopefully in a polite and civil way). And at the same time we shouldn't worry too much about it, as the linked answer also says.
    – DystD
    Commented Mar 22, 2023 at 4:40
  • @xaxxon I don't believe there is, not sure about mods. As JamieB comments in the question, they seem to vanish into thin air. I was wondering if I'd commented on a different site when I couldn't see it in my All actions list.
    – DystD
    Commented Mar 22, 2023 at 4:45
  • @DamithRuwan 3 or more and sometimes just 1 if it contains some keyword from an undisclosed list according to this answer.
    – DystD
    Commented Mar 22, 2023 at 4:55

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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