This question had a score of 3 before someone initiated a 'close vote' followed by the score being reduced to 0. I posted in comments asking the people who did it (both the close vote and downvote) to clearly indicate what was problematic with the post so that I could improve it (and I have been improving it since the time it was posted) The next day (today) I saw my comment vanish.
Are moderators allowed to do this? What is my recourse when I see people acting mischievously on a StackExchange? The particular mischief here is twofold:
- people attempting to close my question behind my back without any transparency
- requests for transparency are removed silently by moderators (twice in fact; see below).
For the record, unlike other SE's, I've observed the English SE to be rather aggressive in the past[^1]. So I'm not surprised by this behaviour. But there's got to be a way out of this mess, so as to make the community more welcoming.
Jun 13, 10:30 AM
I reposted the comment. Here it is for the record:
I posted a comment yesterday but it appeared to have been deleted by someone. So I'll try again. To the persons who voted to close this, as well as those who downvoted it (score went from 3 to 1), would you state your objections precisely? How would you like this post improved?
Yup, this comment got deleted again and the comments section locked. The moderator says comments have been "moved to chat" - but if you follow the link to the chat you will see that all but one comment (a screenshot of which is posted above) has been moved, with that one comment silently deleted in the process.
Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
[^1]: As other user puts it, giving an "impression of being antagonistic out of sheer pique". Or as this user put it, "there seems to me a childish intent among many users of the site to rule out anything which cannot be answered definitively"