Quoting a comment (emphasis mine):

There is no such thing as a "bad" question. There is a such thing as nitpicking critics that parse questions and answers to satisfy their own peer-pressure or ego driven psychosis.

Is this considered within bounds of "be nice" policy? If so, why?

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No, it is not. When you see a similar comment, please flag it as "rude or abusive".

I took a look at the recently declined "rude or abusive" flags and found the comment quoted here under a question which got flagged as such. The flag was likely declined because the moderator who handled the flag read the question and found nothing rude or abusive about it (I can't find anything rude or abusive about it either).

I subsequently deleted the comment, another comment from the same author which was also insulting the community in general and two comments which replied to it.

When you find a comment rude or abusive, please flag the comment and not the question or answer it was posted under. That way we know what specifically you are complaining about.

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    I was under impression that I DID flag the comment, apparently somehow I clicked flag on a post. headdesk. Thanks for fixing!
    – user4012
    Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 13:25

That's probably my fault.

I agree that It violates the be-nice policy. When handling comment flags, you're given 2 buttons, and they're both negative d-words: "decline" and "delete". I clicked on the wrong one.

I had realized after the fact, I clicked on the wrong one, but at the time, I had this notion that this was a user who wasn't familiar with the purpose of the site, so I decided to respond to his comment instead.

Again, I'm sorry. It was totally my fault. If I could go back and do it differently, I would.

As a note, comment flags are kinda lumped in with the flags on the question, and other moderation-related notes, so I can understand how it could have looked to Philipp like a flag on the question.

  • no need for apologies, I just wanted to make sure I had grounds to re-flag same comment, with Meta link as proof assuming the Meta consensus agreed with me. Also, the link in my flag history doesn't have #xxxxx suffix, so I was convinced by earlier answer that it may have been a question flag.
    – user4012
    Commented Jun 30, 2018 at 4:13

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