I recently flagged this comment:

It is clearly a political question because it asks about an action of the government of Canada. I do not know an answer, though (same as @JoeC).

(Emphasis mine)

My reasoning for flagging the comment:

It says that Joe C does not know the answer. Unless there is some deleted comment to the question that I cannot see, Joe C never said that they don’t know the answer. This means the comment is essentially saying that Joe C doesn’t know stuff. In my opinion, this is unfriendly and unkind. For example, if I said “You don’t know how to count” it would be unfriendly and unkind. This is essentially what the comment is saying, in my opinion.


Why was this flag declined?

Note: for anybody who thinks this is off topic, please look at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, none of which are closed

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    What exactly is wrong with saying someone else doesn't know an answer?
    – Joe W
    Commented Nov 5, 2021 at 15:05
  • @JoeW if I replied to all of your comments saying “Joe W doesn’t know the answer” that would be mean, because I would basically be calling you can idiot. Commented Nov 5, 2021 at 15:33
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    First off there is a big difference between replying to all my comments and a single one, if there is evidence that they are making a similar reply to all comments that should be a moderator flag and asked as a public question. Second to answer your question that wouldn't bother me at all.
    – Joe W
    Commented Nov 5, 2021 at 15:35
  • @JoeW I agree that there is a difference between replying to all comments and just one. However, IMO the difference is simply an issue of scale, not whether or not it is unfriendly. Also, I guess you just have a thicker skin than me :) Commented Nov 5, 2021 at 15:42

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I declined the flag because I didn't connect with your reasoning. When you flagged it, all I saw was the comment itself and the unfriendly or unkind flag (without your reasoning).

Looking at it again with the context in this meta question, I see your point but I'm not sure if the commenter intended it to be read that way.

That said, I don't really see what the (same as @JoeC) part of the comment is supposed to convey. Since that part doesn't add anything while the rest of the comment argues against Joe C's point that the question is off-topic, I will remove the part in brackets (because it's needlessly confusing) but leave the rest of the comment.

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