Suppose there is a question in GIS Meta with two or more answers. One of them is an answer of mine, and another one is a competing answer from a user who has the privilege to delete comments.

So, I post a comment beneath the competing answer expressing why I disagree with it. Something along:

-1, because [reason to downvote].

The comment is not rude or abusive.

However, the user with the delete comments privilege who is also the author from the commented answer silently deletes my comment*. At that point, it was the sole comment beneath that answer.

I realize the comment is deleted by chance when revisiting my post, and I know it is the post owner who deletes it because he/she tells me after I ask him/her.

This is unethical to me, as I believe there is a conflict of interest deleting a contrary opinion from an owned post.

Is such behaviour unethical or I am overreacting? If something, what to do?

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    Could your comment have been written without the -1? Start a discussion without indicating that you had downvoted? The -1 and reason to me seems quite negative, so I'm suggesting perhaps try with some more constructive criticism? Please note I haven't seen your comment yet, this is my first thought from reading your question
    – Midavalo Mod
    Jul 27, 2018 at 0:56
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    Good question. I've experienced this myself, although I didn't even have a competing answer in my case. Aug 7, 2018 at 18:48

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Deleting critical comments from one's own posts would be a pretty clear abuse of moderator privileges. If a comment is believed to violate the "Be Nice" policy, it can be left for another moderator to deal with. Simple as that.

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    A moderator cannot flag a comment for moderation by another mod. When a moderator flags a comment it is instantly deleted. So if the moderator in question had done as you suggest the outcome would have been the same - deleted comment. See Allow moderators to flag comments normally
    – Midavalo Mod
    Aug 7, 2018 at 22:59
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    Thanks @Midavalo. Updated to reflect that.
    – dbaston
    Aug 7, 2018 at 23:15

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