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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Raise an automatic flag for many deleted comments from the same user

I mentioned this in a comment once before and never made it into a full feature-request. Having been a moderator for half a year now and handled quite a bit of comment flags, I often run across some.....
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Is it good practice to delete my own comment after assimilated into the question / answer?

When I comment suggesting a change to the question or answer, and the author uses it, is it good form to then delete my comment? Sometimes the author leaves a "yes-thanks" comment which is then ...
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Why was only one of these comments deleted upon migration?

Today, this question was migrated from the main site to Database Administrators. Before migration, it had two comments; one simple one about being better suited, and a more elaborate one which ...
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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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Do not prompt for confirmation to delete a comment in the moderator dashboard [duplicate]

As a moderator, I can delete any comment by clicking on the little cross that appears when hovering on the comment. There is no confirmation, but an undelete button appears, which is a nice user ...
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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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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 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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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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Allow me to delete my own comments if they get moved to chat

Normally, I can delete a comment on a post at any time after I comment. However, if a moderator moves the post's comments to chat, I lose the ability to delete my comments that got moved to chat. ...
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deleted comments should show up in user history for moderators

There was an incident today where a user posted something... untoward in the comments. I deleted the comment, but luckily I also copied the User's profile link to a new window before doing so. ...
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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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Show a placeholder for deleted comments to avoid confusion

Currently, as I see, when a comment is deleted, it leaves no traces of its existence at all. This can lead to somewhat confusing "discussion remains", where a followup comment is not understandable (...
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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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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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Some moderator tools related to deleted comments aren't working

Since at least 1 August, the moderator tool “show X deleted comments” leads to a 404 page. For example: on Is the calculation of infinite sums solvable by a computer?, I click “mod” then “show 7 ...
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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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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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Can mods contextually delete comments?

Recently, I've seen comments get deleted but the context around them aren't: (For clarity, the above comments are all responses, 4 initial comments were deleted, the top one is in response to ...
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My recently deleted comments should remain in the Comments view

Can my recently deleted comments remain viewable for some time by me in the Comments view of the Activity tab, especially when they weren't deleted by me? I suggested a simple edit in a Math.SE ...
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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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Not Important bug found with 5 second comment warning? [duplicate]

This is not an important bug to fix, but just noticed it today. You normaly get the 5 seconds between comment vote warning when you try and vote for too many comments at once. I deleted two of my ...
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Can't undelete a comment which was automatically deleted by Community

Earlier today, a fellow moderator posted a comment. One "too chatty" flag was cast, and Community handled the flag and automatically deleted the comment. Some investigation turned up the fact that the ...
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Why was “my eyes are bleeding” removed from my comment?

Today I viewed this question which seemed appealing. But once viewed the PHP code I began to cry like there was no tomorrow. The code made use of __get and __set magical method in a situation where ...
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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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iOS app crashes after deleting a comment

This crash is happening in version 1.3.1. I believe this bug was introduced in 1.3.0 or 1.3.1. Delete a comment. Select another comment. Crash!
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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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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 ...
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How to delete comment if it seems abuse?

How to delete comment if it seems rude? If someone talks rudely on comments, how to delete that comment?
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Android app doesn't ask if you really want to delete a comment

App version: 1.0.31 Device: Nexus 7 Problem: On the app if I go to delete a comment, I don't get asked "Are you sure you want to delete the comment", the comment is just deleted. I miss clicked and ...
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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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Why moderators can see deleted comments while the owner cannot?

Recently a moderator said he can see the deleted comments. When I delete a comment, I can no longer see it and I cannot undelete it. When I delete a comment it means that it's no longer what I ...
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I made a comment and then later realized it was wrong; How do I make sure not to annoy the person I replied to?

I made a comment asking if something was correct (@user shouldn't it be foo not bar?) then later realized that I was an idiot and they were completely correct. So, my first thought was to delete the ...
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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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Are comments really deleted?

Users with rep of 10k or more can see that certain user(s) deleted an answer but of course it is not deleted from the database and is available for users with higher reputation to see. What about ...
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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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Show an indicator when an answer (or comment) is deleted for users without moderator tools privilege [duplicate]

When a user without moderator tools privilege (10K on most sites) opens a link to deleted question (example), they will see 404 page, which is clearly showing that the post is already deleted. ...