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What is the recourse when mods delete comments without notice?

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 ...
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Why was a helpful comment removed?

I posted a comment under the following question giving , I presume, some helpful indications on the subject asked by the OP (clearly a new user). The question was off-topic for a number of reasons, ...
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Does self-deletion of a comment flagged as 'unkind' lock in the flag?

Quite some time ago, a hi-rep user told me in a comment on meta that self-deletion of a comment on the main which has already been flagged as "unfriendly or unkind" will lock in that flag, ...
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Why are we moving all the comments to chat?

I've seen a lot of lengthy comments sections being moved en masse to chat. The reason I discovered this site and began relying on it and eventually joined it was because of a comment by tchrist on the ...
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Comments were moved to chat room, chat room was removed?

10 days ago I asked this one well received question: To avoid repeating "one" As you probably know, there are a lot of questions on Stack Exchange sites that have dozens of comments. 20-30 ...
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Why my question has been locked on comments if it has 1 comment and 1 answer only?

Yesterday I asked this: Precise names for parts of a day (revisited) There's only 1 question and 1 answer. Nevertheless it's been locked "on comments" and the rest of the interaction open. I'd like ...
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How did a 1 rep user post a comment?

How did this 1 rep user (Phillip Mitchell) who has asked no questions and posted no answers manage to post a comment? Opposite of benefit of the doubt? Is this a bug?
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Why are (advanced) users answering poor questions in comments? [duplicate]

I just went through the close review queue and found the following questions which are typical of a problem I've been seeing recently: 'In tone' meaning A question that relevant to commas ...
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Is it correct that a post is deemed 'well received' if it has comments?

I'm very much trying to understand how this site operates as it feels very inconsistent. In another post (link below) it was stated that a post is somewhat deemed 'well received' if it has comments. ...
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Reporting rude comments

I've noticed a number of unnecessarily rude responses to questions that I've made. Although there appears to be 'flagging' options for some elements, I am unable to do so. Is this due to having a low ...
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Is scolding other users in the comments section worthy of a flag?

I've noticed a few users who feel it necessary to scold others for their comments. For example, admonishing people for answering questions in the comments section. The comments section on this ...
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Flag has not been processed for 2+ months

On May 20 at 18:47:13Z I raised a flag on this answer concerning a possible migration to the comments section due to a lack of authoritative evidence. It has been 2+ months and there have been no ...
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Should answers-as-comments be flagged? [duplicate]

RE: Take advice OF or FROM (the comment from Jim). More than any other Stack I use, English.SE users have the habit of answering questions in comments. I've seen a lot of them over the time I've ...
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Jaded user meets new contributor…

The jaded user is myself. The new contributor is (was) Replica Foxtrot who posted this question What does the phrase 'Putting the Spring' mean? I am reading the book about the Simpsons and I ...
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Why do comments get hidden?

I've noticed a lot of comments get hidden, including mine sometimes. What is the rationale for hiding them? I couldn't find the answer.
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Can somebody please stop the harassing commenters!

They are really a plague on ELU. This question has been downvoted and criticized for “no reason to be” by one of the usual harassing commenters. Why do we have to waste time and energy with such ...
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Why can't I up-tick comments on a certain closed question?

A question was migrated from Writer.SE to our main site. There it was placed on hold for unclear. I agreed with a comment placed there from Lawrence (from our own community), but when I tried to up-...
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What is the best way to get out-of-control comments to stop and be removed?

Today I posted a straightforward "is there a word for concept X" question. One commenter made some opinionated and, arguably, condescending comments directed at me and the question. I resisted the ...
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Comments that are not in English

What should we do with comments in languages other than English? This isn't about referencing specific non-English terms. It's about comments that are completely written in a language or languages ...
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Finding comments that are 'no longer needed' (e.g. 'thank you' and general junk comments)

Purpose of this post (what type of answers do I expect) This post is meant to get answers in the form of one or more links to Stack Exchange Data Explorer queries which list comments that are ...
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Answers in comments

There are quite a large number of Meta.ELU questions about answers in comments, but none which definitively settles community opinion, mainly because they are rather old now, but also because they don'...
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Qualitative 'boundaries' for what it means to answer in comments

The topic of answers in comments has been brought up before (here and there and elsewhere), with MrHen providing a good summary of the community's attitude: My opinion on that subject is that ...
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How can I view the content of deleted chat rooms that are linked to in moderator comments?

According to Monica Cellio's Meta SE answer to Is chat room transcript link permanent? (from November 2017): rooms with little activity are auto-deleted, meaning that only users with high rep (10k ...
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How do I delete all my comments?

I'd like to delete my comments here on EL&U and leave my answers pristine as I go through them to make sure that I still agree with what I wrote here 2 years or so ago. Is there a way to delete ...
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Where possible harrasment is at play is it possible to identify all past comments from a user

Greetings fellow ELU enthusiasts! For some many months now, it seems a particular user here, has nothing better to do with their time, than follow me around on ELU and comment whenever they get the ...
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Protocol when a comment provides a reasonable answer [duplicate]

Please bear with me: I am still a learner in this forum. In a question such as this, where a correct answer (well, one I would have given) has been provided and the question seems interesting, is it ...
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Has the policy on "excessive commenting" changed?

In most StackExchange sites, if an item seems to have attracted too many comments, those comments are moved to chat. (I have my own opinions about this practice, but in any event, that's the practice....
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Why was my (“agenda”) comment deleted? [duplicate]

At Aug 7 at 1:46 (2017-08-07 01:46:18Z) The Dude asked the question Is there a verb form of the word “agenda”, as in, to create a political agenda for or against something?: Is there a verb form of ...
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How to notify more than one person in a comment?

How to notify more than one person in a comment? It would be really handy if we could notify more than one person in a comment. Many times it is needed that 2 or 3 persons be named but, as that is not ...
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Is SE enforcing "no answers in comments"?

The practice of commenting with answers is ubiquitous practice on ELU, and the merits/flaws have been discussed at length. However, is it the case that the greater SE is trying to put a stop to this ...
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Why was my comment containing JHC deleted?

A comment of mine (quoted in this meta-question by Dog Lover), began with what I thought was the innocuous expression 'Jesus H Christ'. Dog Lover, to whom my comment was originally addressed, took ...
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Was it incorrect or too soon to advise the OP that they could accept their own answer?

DISCLAIMER: This post is merely seeking others' opinions (and whether I was indeed wrong). I am not out to get anyone. Hello, fellow linguists. I come here with a slight dilemma pertaining to a ...
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Speaking of comments

I've seen that usually a number of 30 comments calls for removal, why not this time? Please move to chat the extremely long trails of comments posted under this question and its main answers.
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Why doesn't the reputation increase for upvotes on comments?

Comments add a lot of value to the questions being asked or even to the answers. For example, comments can point out mistakes in the question or give deep insights about the topics concerned! Is there ...
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Auto review comments can save you time

There is an extension available for Google Chrome called AutoReviewComments, which can save you time if you frequent the review queues, or guide new users with your comments, and I've been using it ...
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Very shouty moderation messages

In the question How do Americans refer to their non-metric system in everyday circumstances? , a moderator has posted under the question, and under the top five answers the following message: ...
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Are there any topics that are off limits in answers/comments?

I've noticed lately that a lot of people are taking every opportunity they have to take a negative topic and reference the newest US President, Donald Trump. Not that I'm trying to get people to stop ...
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Should I double up on an LQP review comment?

When reviewing Low-Quality Posts on EL&U I often find that someone has previously reviewed it and posted the relevant comment 'from Review'. When I come to recommending deletion, should I re-post ...
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I'd like to know why only my comment was deleted when there were only five comments

There were only five comments to my answer below. Request for undeletion and reopening of a question on the main site I would like to know why only my comment to @J.R. was deleted. It was neither ...
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Converting comment to answer: when to delete the original comment?

After promoting / converting one's own comments to an answer, should one delete or leave the original comments? Option 1: Avoid redundancy by deleting my comments that are now in an Answer. Option 2: ...
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Can a mod send me a screenshot of the comments which were under this question?

I asked the question "Why do I pronounce "horrible" so harrhibly?" a while back. It hit the HNQ and generated a lot of attention and chatty comments. Those comments were subsequently ...
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What happens when a not-nice flag on a comment is accepted?

Suppose User A gets carried away and writes a comment that is not in keeping with the "Be nice" mantra. Suppose User B flags it and the flag is deemed "helpful." User B can see a record of that by ...
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Why are so many questions answered in comments? [duplicate]

Each time I visit this site, I often see that a question has no good answer in the answer section, but actually several good candindates for answer in the comments on the question. Why are people ...
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Why was my comment removed?

I made a comment, that received several upvotes on this question, yet some mod chose to delete it. It is germane to the topic, is referenced multiple times in the comment chain, and has spawned some ...
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Basic problem with comment deletion

(Yes, I know this will be instantly marked "dupe", but if I ask my question on one of the "dupes" it will almost certainly be ignored.) I understand why the person who deleted a comment is not ...
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Undo removal of comments to chat

History On November 8 came this question Mimsy were the Borogoves - why is “mimsy” an adjective? for which I provided an answer that I consider was fair to good. Over the course of the next two days ...
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Who is this guy, anyway?

Please consult the question Is there a single word for people who inhabit rural areas? Scroll down to an answer provided by me (deleted; requires 10k). The comment by @tchrist immediately following ...
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Curious, but complaining only a little: Why was my comment deleted?

I posted a comment on this question: What is a word for someone who tries to comfort their mistakes by trying to reason with him or herself?, and I think someone even upvoted the comment, but my ...
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Is it unethical for a user who has answered a question to post a negative comment on somebody else's answer?

I've seen this a few times during the past few years. Most of the times they were only subtly derogatory comments, but on rare occasions openly bellitling. Whether the comments were well-deserved or ...
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Are answers that only cite personal experience acceptable for questions about dialects?

In general, answers on this site are supposed to have references. This was established early on by the top answers to the following Meta post: Since it isn't in the FAQ, are we as answerers ...
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