I had someone, I believe it was a mod, lazily flag a short, but valid answer of mine. If I recall correctly, I inquired (angrily) about the reason. Later I added some background to the answer to satisfy the complaint.


My comment is gone. Where is it. Who deleted it? Why was it deleted?

I have had this happen in the past on another answer, asked in chat and got no reply: https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/50844752#50844752

This gives me a very bad feeling of power abuse by moderators.


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Actually, the flag came from the review queue, your comment was flagged. First I looked and declined the flag as I felt it wasn't "unkind", a 2nd moderator looked at it and agreed with you and deleted both comments.

Your later comment was subsequently deleted by a moderator as it wasn't really relevant to the answer.

As for your chat question, if you don't mention the moderators we don't necessarily see a chat comment, but I'd try to avoid getting furious over flags, we review dozens a week and I (at least) decline more than half of the ones I see. Getting cross with other users or the volunteer moderators will not improve your (or our) enjoyment of the site.


As commented by @Midavalo:

The comment about your answer being too short was added through the review queue. That reviewer deleted the comment after you had expanded your answer. This is a sign of the review queue doing its job.

In addition to that and @IanTurton's answer there are some links that I think are worth reviewing with respect to comment use and deletion of comments:

When should comments be deleted?

Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. You should not expect them to be around forever. Once a clarification has been made, an edit added to the post to include new information, or the issue in the comment is otherwise resolved, it is subject to deletion. In reality, many obsolete or chatty comments remain untouched due to the high volume of comments posted, but this does not mean that they can't or shouldn't be deleted in the future.

When should I comment?

You should submit a comment if you want to:

  • Request clarification from the author;
  • Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post;
  • Add relevant but minor or transient information to a post (e.g. a link to a related question, or an alert to the author that the question has been updated).

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