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What causes a "Rude or offensive" comment flag to sometimes cause instant deletion? [duplicate]

Sometimes a single "Rude or offensive" comment flag cause the comment to be instantly removed. What is causing this? This just happened to me, but I don't have the contents of the comment anymore. It ...
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Single Flag deletes comment with profanity [duplicate]

There is an existing question How is it possible that a single user who is not a moderator can delete a comment? 4 years old about a post a year prior, that focuses on a post containing the word(s) '...
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My answer got deleted without a trace? [duplicate] I found my own answer and I was very happy about it. I'm ...
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What phrases can lead to an instant comment deletion when flagged? [duplicate]

One not-so-well-known hidden feature of Stack Exchange is that, if a comment contains certain phrases, they may be instantly removed after a single flag. For instance, any comment beginning with +1 ...
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Ban LMGTFY (let me google that for you) links

I've just asked a question on Stack Overflow which was a prime candidate for googling. I admit it was a poor question and with a little bit of research I would have found the answer. It annoyed me ...
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"What have you tried" epidemic

Statistics The usage of "what you tried" (WHYT) is growing (v2) In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%) In Q3 of ...
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It’s time to retire the term “rep-whore”

Going forward, “rep-whore” (and its derivatives) will be treated like any other term that’s inconsistent with the community’s “be nice” policy: it will be removed. It’s totally okay if you’ve used ...
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Why is this community so well-behaved compared to other online forums?

I have seen online communities over the years, and the amount of foul language is really high. People are not polite to each other and flame wars are common. Why is this community is so well-behaved? ...
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Allow new users to flag comments on their own posts

Something that has always bothered us about the new user experience was the amount of guidance we've got out there telling folks to flag rude or abusive comments, but not allowing new users to do it, ...
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How does comment voting and flagging work?

Comments can now be upvoted and flagged. How do those features work? Do users get rep for their upvoted comments? Do upvoted comments have any effect on comment sorting? And can users see their own ...
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Should the number of helpful flags be public to anyone?

This discussion came up here, by a comment from Oded: We are discussing internally whether there is a good reason to hide this value from everyone. If not, it might do a comeback. I know it is a ...
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Who has the power to delete a comment?

I posted a comment on the following question. My comment was: You will have to work on your [accept rate]( Currently it'...
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Should moderators be able to undelete any comment, including self-deletions?

Moderators were granted the ability to undelete comments, primarily to make cleaning up long comment threads more efficient. The idea was for the moderator to purge all comments, then selectively ...
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How is it possible that a single user who is not a moderator can delete a comment?

On Drupal Answers, while taking care of some comment flags, I noticed that a comment written on March, 2012 is reported to be deleted by a single user today. Notice that: The user who seems to have ...
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Are comments which respond to another comment deleted by single flag?

I am aware that sometimes comments are deleted as a result of single flag if they contains some blacklisted words/phrases, as explained in several posts on this site. (For example: What is the SE ...
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