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I've found the script quite useful in making sense of long comment threads that may include partially deleted conversations, like the one shown above. Yeah, that is useful - and that's why it was implemented, so that moderators could sort through these messes when necessary. There's a good argument to be made that 10k users should be able to get this ...


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The primary reason I delete comments is due to rude and abusive behavior. I'm not sure that I want everyone above a certain privilege level to see comments like that. Not only do those comments clutter up the post, they could also stir up trouble in the future. I've known good users who lost their temper and said things they've regretted in comments (I know ...


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Moderators need to be able to see deleted comments so that they can respond to complaints and reconstruct arguments / detect trolling/harassment/rage-quitting. Sadly, all of this is common enough that it required additional tooling to support. Moderators don't actually need to be able to undelete comments... However, it makes comment moderation much, much ...


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So this is a tough one. There are two issues here at play, highlighted by a comment made by Adam Rackis: Any hints of personality are being removed from Stack Overflow. This is sad. First, these "My eyes are bleeding" and "My head hurts reading your code" and "I want to poke my eyes out" type comments are all old and tired. Part of personality is coming ...


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OK, looks like the hole has been plugged, so let me reveal how it worked. It really was pretty simple: just take the normal AJAX URL used to load "N more comments", e.g. https://stackoverflow.com/posts/11227809/comments and append the magic parameter ?includeDeleted=true, like this: https://stackoverflow.com/posts/11227809/comments?includeDeleted=true ...


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We need to see comments in case there are issues that arise, like rude or abusive behavior. Even though we can see them, we have to go through a little bit of a process to see them; it's not like when a question or answer is deleted. Comments are never shown 'inline' when they're deleted, they're only available through a separate menu. Comments are ...


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I think so. Leaving around obsolete comments clutters the page, and these comments are no longer useful. What might be a good practice, in case you're worried about the fact that "author's thanks is now dangling," you should flag that comment as "obsolete," because that comment no longer serves a purpose, either. If you want to maintain a record of why ...


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Monumentally long comment threads are a pain to moderate, and the mods have enough on their plates. Comments are meant to get clarification, not be used for extended discussion. Practically, if it turns into an extended discussion or bickering, at the discretion of the folks with moderation powers they may be pruned, deleted or moved to chat as appropriate....


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Diamond moderators (elected or appointed by SE) can see deleted comments. They are still hidden by default, a moderator has to explicitly go looking for them. Normal users, even with high reputation, cannot see deleted comments.


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What are comments? Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. They can be up-voted (but not down-voted) and flagged, but do not generate reputation. There's no revision history, and when they are deleted they're gone for good. -- Source Comments are a light-weight way to attach information to a post. They can be and often are ...


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Yes, this is normal and correct. As the Stack Exchange employee involved, I deleted the comments, as they were no longer relevant. I pointed out that a link to a post was incorrect. It was. I ended up searching the site the issue was appearing on and fixing the link to the post myself. Comments are not expected to be there for all eternity - we have ...


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I wonder what the comments section is actually for. If it is not to have a meta-discussion of the question and/or response, what purpose does it have? The answer can be found here: https://stackoverflow.com/privileges/comment Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. They can be up-voted (but not down-voted) and flagged, but do ...


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Looks like your comments were removed because they were flagged as 'rude/offensive' and a moderator agreed with the flag. Looking at them, I would have deleted them too. Comments are removed for a myriad of reasons: Obsolete Rude/Offensive Not Constructive Chatty It's Tuesday Spam The point is, Comments are meant to clarify posts, not to hold extended ...


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It is still telling the truth. Chances of a comment being undeleted are pretty much nil. "Gone for good" drives home the point that you shouldn't cling onto them. That if it was golden material, it would be in an answer. Moderators aren't the only users with the ability to delete comments either. You can delete your own comment or gang up with other like ...


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The ability to remove your own comments at any time is an important feature, and shouldn't be taken away. Many people use it to remove obsolete discussions without involving a moderator to do the cleanup. Also, hiding bad content is an explicit part of Stack Exchange's community philosophy anyway. We don't let it rot on the street to show everybody what a ...


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From the small snippet of the comment, I surmise Clive is talking about someone's accept rate there. Comments can be flagged for moderator attention, but if enough flags accumulate, the last flag to tip the balance causes the comment to be deleted. For certain types of comment, the threshold is lowered; accept rate comments have a really low threshold: only ...


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I initially read the OP as asking for what comments a moderator will delete right away when the first flag on it appears. However, I misread the question, for he is actually asking about the specific magic words that are sometimes alluded to and which make one comment more easily flag-deleted than the next one. I provided a list, but did not probe them for ...


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If you want to have a discussion about something, it belongs in chat, not in the comments section of a post. Comments are designed to be temporary and need to be reserved for very specific reasons including requesting clarification of the post or asking for greater detail. From the comment privilege page: When should I comment? You should submit a ...


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You're overthinking it. Just delete the comment.


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No, there isn't. Moderators can see deleted comments, but regular users cannot. Since the comment was deleted, I don't think there's any need to respond to it either. I would just let it go. No good can come from responding to someone who's just being rude, no matter how polite and professional you are in response. Look on the bright side - the system ...


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You can already do that, but it is a separate moderator tool at user profile -> mod -> info -> comments. You can see either all comments of that user there or only deleted ones.


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I delete possibly more comments on a daily basis than most moderators, so I'm going to talk a bit about my experience. Interpersonal Skills has a very strict comment policy - though, we're merely codifying and enforcing Stack Exchange policy regarding comments. As such, comments are flagged and removed at a rate of about 1000 per month. There's (at least) ...


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Some comments should stick around long-term. Others shouldn't. But one thing that's clear to me, from participating and moderating on a variety of sites, is that comment voting is a terrible basis for deciding. Humor gets votes. Snark gets votes. That doesn't mean it should live for years. On the other hand, links to related questions are generally of ...


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Comments can be flagged by community users as such: If the flags reach a certain threshold, then the comment will indeed be silently removed. Moderators can however still see them (and the flags). Try posting more constructive comments, or just accept that once your comment becomes obsolete, it'll be deleted. The community is just trying to keep everything ...


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Just as stated in the other meta question, flag as obsolete the comments that depend on the rude comment for context. Or if there are too many such comments and you don't want to flag them all, flag the question itself and inform us of the overall situation. You don't have to do it now, though, as I've already taken care of it.


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I deleted your comments, and in general, deleted any of the comments that I felt like didn't add value to the conversation. I spent a lot of time looking through all the posts on that question to make sure to get any comments deleted that I feel like should have been deleted. I also deleted some other people's comments, as this image shows: I remove ...


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I think the best way is to delete your own comments first because: You can, and you are already reviewing the comments on that post That makes the other comments obviously unnecessary and easy for moderators to delete when flagged to review them Doing it the other way means moderators may spend more time trying to figure out whether they really are ...


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In your case, as sth says, you probably cannot flag comments because you don't have 15 reputation yet. However, if you did and couldn't see the flag icon, there are two common reasons: Your mouse pointer has to be over the comment to see the flag icon. That comment should not actually be flagged; this is just an example. For a mobile/tablet device with ...


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I'm probably missing something obvious here but why is it possible for comments to be deleted? Because there's no reason not to allow them to be deleted after being posted. If a comment is deleted is a reason provided? Is the process of comment deletion peer reviewed? No and no, because comments aren't nearly significant enough for that sort of process ...


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What was that comment adding to the question or your answer? Nothing. So... it was removed. If it is adding nothing, why have it there? And it wasn't just your comment. Other comments, by others were also removed, as they had nothing to do with the question or answer.


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