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Why was the entire comment thread to this answer deleted?

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 ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Is it possible to retrieve comments deleted by a moderator?

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 ...
Catija's user avatar
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Comment deletion events in the revisions list

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 ...
Catija's user avatar
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Auto-deletion of old comments based on the number of upvotes

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 ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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A system to undelete useful comments?

No, this doesn't sound as a feature we would need. some deleted comments do add value to the post either directly or indirectly which a few people might fail to notice Well, if comments add value ...
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Should moderators be able to undelete any comment, including self-deletions?

I think moderators should be able to undelete, in addition to comments deleted by diamond moderators or the Community bot which moderators are already able to undelete: comments deleted by a single ...
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Correct way to get rid of old unnecessary comments

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 ...
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Is it possible to retrieve comments deleted by a moderator?

Not without help from a moderator, no. Comments are temporary and you should assume they will go away. If your comment was an answer, you should instead put the information in an answer so the ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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What to do about "hanging" comments?

If the comment has value beyond being a reply (for example, if it links to something that would be relevant to improving the post), then leave it. People know that comments get deleted, so while the ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
12 votes

What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?

I humbly suggest we add php, php, and php to the banned words list. Also php.
Jeff Atwood's user avatar
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Some moderator tools related to deleted comments aren't working

This is fixed. It's somewhat related to the issue Shog linked to in that it's part of the same project and I'm to blame, but it was caused by an entirely different mistake. As part of a mod-menu ...
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Should moderators be able to undelete any comment, including self-deletions?

Note: Moderators can, currently, undelete any comment. However, the ability to do so is, for some comments, only exposed in the stock user interface when looking at all comments made by a user, rather ...
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Can mods contextually delete comments?

Usually moderators will delete orphaned comments unless there is good reason not to Firstly, moderators definitely have the option of deleting comments in a targeted way, but we really only have two ...
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Why were my comments pointing out an error in an answer deleted?

Comments are not, and never have been meant to be permanent artifacts. They're transient. The comments didn't particularly help to clarify the answer, which focused basically on SE's reasoning as ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Why did all the comments under my answer disappear?

The comments were flagged by members of the community and removed. The comments were removed between Nov. 2020 and Feb. 2023 as the flags came in.
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What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?

This comment auto-deleted upon raising a "No longer needed" flag against it: I have summarized our findings in an answer, which you can accept if you think it solves your initial question. ...
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Are comments ephemeral and what should be done with informative comments?

"What steps need to be done to protect informative comments?" Edit the information into the post. I personally think that the oft-quoted phrase "comments are ephemeral" on meta is ...
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Can rude comments that were removed be accessed later on?

I understand that moderators can see deleted comments; but I guess for "normal" users that content is "gone for good"? Correct. Moderators can bring back deleted comments, but only for extraordinary ...
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Should all comments be deleted?

The question to ask when considering deleting a comment is: "is this (still) useful?". If it is, leave it; if it's not (or never was), delete it. Links to related questions are usually useful, but ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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How do I delete all my comments?

It's not possible to do it faster; according to The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide you Can only delete own comments under 20 posts per day (multiple comments under same post are treated as one) This ...
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Allow me to delete my own comments if they get moved to chat

I think that this happens too infrequently to make any changes for this. Just like you're sometimes not able to delete your own question, even if you'd like to, this is a situation were you cannot (...
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Are comments which respond to another comment deleted by single flag?

In this case, the mystery is clarified when you look at the content of the comment. While it's not obvious at first, the comment was actually single-flag deleted because it contained one of the ...
Catija's user avatar
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Should I flag for comment restoration?

Reading the comments, he seems to have retracted his complaint, so you could flag a mod to just delete the whole comment chain as obsolete as you've now resolved the problem between the two of you or ...
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Correct way to get rid of old unnecessary comments

I'd go with 1 - that's kind of the least workload involved. Practically for me the 'ideal' workflow is If its your answer, or you have an answer, to try to work in pertinent information in there. ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Flag comments "please edit to clarify X", "done" for deletion?

Yes, please. Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. That means that they should be deleted once they are no longer necessary, and flags are one way to achieve ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Automatically remove all non-meta comments after a certain amount of time

Automatically deleting comments on questions that are actually pointing out improvements, asking for clarifications only the asker can provide, linking to other questions or explaining why a question ...
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Allow me to delete my own comments if they get moved to chat

You can delete your own comments if they get moved to chat. Often the moderator moving them will do it for you, without you even having to ask. ...of course, you can't delete the chat messages that ...
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Can rude comments that were removed be accessed later on?

I am simply wondering if there is any way to "see" what it said in any way No, there is no way unless you become a moderator on the site. The question is: why you want to see it again? If your only ...
Shadow Wizard Love Zelda's user avatar
6 votes

Comment deletion events in the revisions list

While total mod open-ness is something I love - ... no plan survives real people. While not as serious as mod messages, I see two issues here. Firstly, mods delete a lot of comments on some sites - ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
6 votes

Can we share the workload of comment cleanup with the community?

Users can delete comments some of the time; sufficient (non-custom) flags will delete a comment. As a moderator I've seen even comment flags be weaponized; allowing unauditable comment deletions ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar

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