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What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?

Caution: R-rated language Some words, when present in a comment, make it eligible for instant, automatic one-flag deletion. Out of the seven words you can never say on television, only appear to ...
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Comment deletion notification

I think you should be notified if anything of yours is deleted or even flagged, preferably with some explanation (even if it's a simple categorisation like #rude, #irrelevant, #incorrect) and who did ...
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Let us view our deleted comments

If moderators can view and undelete comments, can we see comments we've deleted? We can see our deleted answers, but why not our deleted comments?
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Allow moderators to see deleted comments

Moderators cannot see deleted comments, although deleted comments are still present in the database. I think it would be a useful feature for moderators to be able to see deleted comments. At the ...
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Do 10k users get to read deleted comments?

Do 10k (and moderator) users have the ability to read deleted comments (are comments deleted forever, or never really deleted like questions and answers)?
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Deleting comments under posts in the mod queue should be easier

Ever since mods gained the ability to undelete comments, deleting them has become easier as the confirmation dialog was removed. However, this is not the case in the mod queue — I still get a ...
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How should long comment threads with important information in them be handled?

Apparently, some moderators feel that they have a duty to delete long comment threads, no matter what. That once the thread is automatically flagged for being unusually active, it is an indisputable ...
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Reduce the threshold for comment deletion with flags

I have it on good authority that it takes six flags from ordinary users to delete a comment. This makes no sense; it only takes five community votes to close a question, and three to delete a post. ...
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Confirmation dialog for deleting a comment does not appear twice

I don't consider this being very important, but I thought I'd report it (and perhaps it's by design). I was cleaning up some of my old comments, and tried to delete one before 5 seconds had passed ...
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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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Where did all the comments go on “Is `*--p` actually legal(well formed) in C++03”? [closed]

This answer of mine: https://stackoverflow.com/a/8845623/103167 used to have a lot of relevant comments from multiple users. Now they're gone, and not even a note from a diamond mod saying they were ...
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Show a message if directly accessing a deleted answer or comment [duplicate]

Currently, if you access a deleted question you will get a short message informing you that the question has been deleted. However, if you click on a direct link to a deleted answer or comment (which ...
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Did You Know… that 10k users can see deleted comments?

I realized something curious recently: that the AJAX backend feature that lets moderators view deleted comments also works for any users with the "access to moderator tools" privilege (10k+ rep on ...
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Allow moderators to undelete the comments deleted after being flagged by a single user

See How is it possible that a single user who is not a moderator can delete a comment? for more details. In short, two comments have been probably deleted after a single user flagged them as obsolete ...
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Data dump includes deleted comments

IIRC, the data dump is not supposed to include any content that has been deleted. Since I just stumbled over some deleted comments in the data dump, this suggests a bug in the exporter. One such ...
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What happened to the dialog box on deleting comments within five seconds of voting?

Given the discussion here Deleting a comment (mine) shouldn't count as a comment vote as well as many other places on meta Wrong message "You may only submit a comment every five seconds"...
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When I delete a comment, then try to delete another comment too quickly, the error message talks about comment votes [duplicate]

When I tried to delete a comment after I just deleted another one, the system told me You can submit a comment vote every five seconds. The message should be different, right?
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'Possible duplicate' comment not appearing for questions with deleted comments containing the link

I posted a comment to a duplicate question on that post. But I decided to delete it. Afterwards I voted as duplicate and thought a comment would be generated like possible duplicate of ... But it ...
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Does voting to close as duplicate erase earlier comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Closing as duplicate removes links that point to other duplicates Are broken duplicate question links automatically cleaned up? The first comment on the following question ...
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A sock with 28 rep points just deleted my comment?

K, so I left a quick comment on this question to a user who didn't seem to understand how moderator flags worked. Moderators are janitors. You flag us when someone throws up in the hallway. We are ...
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Could 30k+ users be allowed to see deleted comments, please?

I know you want comments to be transient, temporary repositories of brief requests for clarification that should disappear when the parent post is edited to address the commenter's concerns... but, ...
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Allow moderators to undelete comments deleted by magic words [duplicate]

No, you can't hocus pocus a comment to be banished to the outer realms of the ether, but there is a short list of words that, if contained within a comment, cause the comment to be removed after a ...
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Deleting my own bad answer or comment

Consider the following scenario please: I see a question and think I have a good answer or comment. I post my answer or comment and move on happily. After couple of hours I see comments that my ...
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Wrong message “You may only submit a comment every five seconds” when deleting multiple comments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Deleting a comment (mine) shouldn’t count as a comment vote This is similar, yet different, to this post. That post explains a wrong error text, which seems fixed, but ...
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A way to tell if I deleted my comment, it was flagged, or a moderator deleted it?

I think there should be a way to know what happened to our own comments when they disappear. If I have made comments on a post, I might never go back and check, or I might not notice that the comment ...
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Purge all comments marks the mod as the person who deleted, even if they were deleted by someone else

Let's say that a question has some deleted comments. Now, if I look at the deleted comments, they show the person who deleted the comment. Now if I go in and choose purge all comments, it marks even ...
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How did this question get a 'linked' question that isn't mentioned in comments or answers?

Looking at How can I best use Stack Exchange as a Q&A site for my own project? which has been closed as a duplicate (quite right), we see three 'linked' questions in the sidebar; however, only two ...
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Incorrect error text when deleting multiple comments within 5 seconds

On SO & MSO, the error message displayed when deleting two comments within 5 seconds used to be: Can only delete a comment every 5 seconds. It has now been replaced with the following error, ...
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when are all comments deleted?

After reading this question: Comments deleted in question? I think the reason for deleting all comments is when so much of them are rude or offensive. But this question: What does the number near a ...
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Possible duplicate comment deletion is over-zealous [duplicate]

I've just had two comments on Subtract boolean from float in python deleted. One was the standard possible duplicate comment, which gets deleted when the post gets marked as a duplicate. The other ...
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Remove the ability to delete comments from the moderator toolbox

Moderators shouldn't be allowed to delete comments. Why can't we use the normal process of flagging to remove offensive comments? Sometimes, entire discussions get wiped out because a diamond ...
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Should all comments be deleted?

Sometimes, mods delete comments. In fact, sometimes mods delete entire comment threads. This inspires people to come to this meta or site-specific metas to ask "why were my comments deleted" (e.g. ...
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Are my deleted comments visible to others?

I have deleted my comments. Can other users see those deleted comments, for example users with a certain amount of reputation or moderators?
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Help! I'm being haunted by a non-existent comment

This is a deleted answer. When I open it it shows me one comment, along with the option to "show 1 more comment": However, when I click on "show 1 more comment" nothing happens. That is to say that ...
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Are comments ephemeral and what should be done with informative comments?

I was reading another thread and I really don't understand what's being said in the +5 upvoted answer here, where the user explains that "comments are ephemeral": Can I view a list of my "great ...
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Why is deleting comments allowed?

I'm probably missing something obvious here but why is it possible for comments to be deleted? I was recently engaged in a discussion on Stack Overflow and the other party later selectively deleted ...
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Explaining Moderation Actions

I've noticed over the few years that I've participated on Stack Exchange websites that moderators and moderation behavior in general is rather secretive, in that moderators take action with little or ...
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Improve discoverability of comment undeletion for moderators

(Note: this post concerns a moderator-only ability.) Moderators can undelete comments. I mostly find this useful when there are a lot of obsolete comments on a post: I use the “purge all comments” ...
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Deleting comments on locked posts fails silently

Trying to delete your own comment from a locked post doesn't work, but there is no indication that it failed. No error message, and the comment even disappears, but of course it's back when you ...
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Why was my comment auto deleted?

I just happened to notice that a comment I left on this question has disappeared. It was in no way unconstructive or offensive so I think it is unlikely to have been flagged. I forget the exact text ...
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Do deleted comments count toward badges?

The question seems pretty straight forward. This is a curiosity, rather than a concern. It was brought on by a couple recent situations: On programmers, I just got the commentator badge, but it ...
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Flagging makes comment meaningless [duplicate]

With relation to this Question which is about editing the question makes a comment meaningless, today I saw another situation where when a comment was flagged and deleted comments following the ...
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Network profile activity is showing deleted comments

I stumbled upon this question just now and of course went straight away to see this user's activity across the network where I noticed this: I scratched my head, reloaded three times, chanted the ...
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Can't delete comment using iPhone

I couldn't delete my comment using iPhone 4 (both orientations), I was only able to edit it. However, on iPad, editing and deleting work normally. Edit: to be more specific, 'x' button doesn't appear,...
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Should the comment be removed once it becomes obsolete? [duplicate]

Comments like "can you provide more information?" or "clarify what you mean" can become obsolete when the post gets edited. Should the comment be removed after the edit, or not? I think that removing ...
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Flag comments “please edit to clarify X”, “done” for deletion?

Should comments like "please add details of X to your answer", "done" be flagged for deletion? Deleting them would improve readability of the thread. The answer-relevant ...
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Can we have a more relevant message when the deletion of a comment fails?

I had posted a comment on a question asking the OP to provide more information on the exact problem. Seeing that, the OP posted more information about the question and I decided to delete my comment ...
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How can I see deleted comments on my question? [duplicate]

In my notification bar at the top of the page, there's a pretty rude comment about my question, but when I try to look at it, it's already been deleted. I'd really like to be able to respond to that ...
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Can Google (search engines) “see” deleted posts or comments?

I have a vanity search set up on Google. Every once in awhile a post or a comment comes through that just seems ambiguous, outdated, or whatever... so I follow the link and I clean it up or delete it. ...
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Why was the entire comment thread to this answer deleted? [duplicate]

The entire comment thread to my answer to this gender pronoun question was deleted. Can anyone with admin rights see the old thread? [Edit And explain why it was deleted?] Edit 2 Moving up comments ...