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You and another user had an extended discussion of about 30 comments. This goes far beyond what is or should be on-topic or allowed. A lot of those were nitpicks, borderline insults, misunderstandings and meta discussion. I can't recall much of it now except someone saying "where did I say 'might'", someone calling something egregious and a ...


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What I deleted was a comment chain of 60(!) comments posted over a timeframe of just 2(!) hours. It was a back and forth which didn't really go anywhere. First it was a "you are wrong - no you are wrong" discussion and then it escalated into personal attacks (literal quotes: "Are you being deliberately obtuse", "Without it, people like you would [...]", "I ...


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I respectfully disagree. There are plenty of places on the Internet to get "chatty" about politics. We're trying to do something different. Many folks felt that Politics could not work within the Stack Exchange format. We saw it as a wonderful opportunity to create a unique resource that hasn't already been done thousands of times by every other site on the ...


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I don't see that he did anything inappropriate here. To review: Deleting the chain of comments discussing the answer That's obviously the right thing to do; as he pointed out to you, this is not a discussion forum. You should have taken it to chat. Deleting your initial comment saying that the answer is wrong Perhaps somewhat more controversially; I ...


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As shown in your screenshot, the question specifically refers to free healthcare as "health for free" from payed [sic] taxes In other words, OP already knows that "free healthcare" is not actually free - especially since their profile indicates that they're from Spain, which also has "free" universal healthcare. So your comment was probably deleted as "...


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Your comment was: I just want to point out, for the sake of saving @indigochild some work, that "none of this provides a clear factual answer to the question". Given that your response to indigochild's comment in your answer was not particularly friendly, I read your comment as snarky and removed it. In any case, comments are ephemeral. Don't get ...


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Comments are ephemeral by nature on the SE network. They can get deleted without notice at moderators' discretion, for any reason. In particular when they're chatty or turn into an extensive discussion. If you'd like to post something whose nature is more permanent, post an answer.


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The comment thread was getting too long and it was beginning to go off topic. The Stack Exchange format is for Questions and Answers to those questions, and the purpose of comments is to supplement that. Long discussions in the comments that aren't specifically about the question or answer will be deleted. Comments begin to become noise, that casual ...


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Comments are not deleted because there is one harmless potentially useful comment. They are deleted because they get into lengthy. often contentious, discussion. Do good comments get caught up in the purges, sure. The best way to avoid this happening is to flag bad comments early and not get involved with discussion chatter so that those bad comments get ...


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I am in two minds here - I agree with @Philipp that the comment chain should have been deleted, but at the same time I appreciate the need for the supposed erroneous claims in the answer to be pointed out. Other commentators have said that if there is a problem with the answer, the solution is to write another answer pointing out these issues, but I disagree ...


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Comments aren't meant to contain primary content on stackexchange. They're intended to be used to improve the answers themselves. politics.SE seems to me to have a lot more discussion/answering/arguing/etc.. in comments than other SE sites. It was hard for me to wrap my head around too, but this site isn't for the person asking questions, answering them, ...


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Not for normal users. Moderators can see them, however. One small exception would be that if the comment was posted, but not deleted, before the previous Sunday at around 03:00 UTC, it would be able to be queried via the Stack Exchange Data Explorer, which receives a snapshot of the network's current state at that time.


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The real reason not to post answers in comments is that comments are transient by nature. They are meant to encourage people to change their posts, not for discussion. Note that this has been the policy on every stack in which I've participated. Some are more aggressive about enforcing it than others but I've seen deleted comments everywhere. You may ...


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I think you are referring to this comment: That David French National Review piece seems uncompelling. Mark Judge himself has written about his own terrible alcoholism, including, in his teens, several drunken blackouts, and times when he'd wake up without remembering a thing, (also forging fake IDs for himself and his friends, drunken driving, evading ...


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TLDR (although I took no part in deleting or even down-voting your answer), looking at it now and even more at your meta-post here, you simply come across as an apologist of the White genocide conspiracy theory. I mean just re-read your post here: You could argue that maybe the "White genocide" idea is paranoid [...] Even if you would argue that ...


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My guess is the answer lacked sources, and presented rather extreme interpretations as fact, without much nuance or consideration of alternative interpretations. Thus the people who closed the question probably thought you are a right wing extremist trying to push right wing propaganda. The primary problem of the answer is that it makes an extreme leap by ...


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You were starting a discussion. As you should know by now, this website is not a discussion forum. If you want to suggest improvements to a question, please do that directly. Don't do it in form of a rhetorical question which will then incite debate.


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I deleted that 13 post comment thread because it started with a minor nitpick which wasn't really adding much to the question and then quickly escalating it into an unconstructive flamewar which went even more off-topic rather quickly (the last posts were discussing the Queen of England). Both participants made posts which were worth flagging as "rude or ...


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Comments are considered disposable, and aren't suitable for extended discussions. Posting one comment voicing your disagreement with an answer in a constructive manner is fine, but anything other than and you might find the whole discussion purged. This is what happened here. Your comment was flagged, which brought the discussion between you and the OP to ...


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Your comment was flagged and subsequent deleted twice because it did not fulfill any of the purposes comments should have according to the help center article about the commenting privilege. It did not request clarification from the author, did not provide constructive criticism aimed at improving the question and did not point out any transient meta-...


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If it's a comment on your question, it's mostly a comment to you. Comments on StackExchange are ephemeral, if you've seen the comment, you can use it to improve your post. After that, it doesn't need to stick around. Comments are subject to deletion even if they have been useful; in fact, that's one of the main comment deletion reasons: no longer needed, ...


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I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is trivially googleable This is not a helpful comment. First, we don't close questions that are "trivially googleable". If you feel the question lacks prior research, downvote it. Second, the comment does nothing to help improve the question, its only purpose is to critisize it. That goes against ...


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Basically, comments are second-class citizens within the Stack Exchange network. They serve only a single goal: to make question/answer better. Comments also can be deleted with no notice — no, not only when they break rules, but also when they become obsolete, or considered too chatty. Or simply because there are too many adjacent comments that clutter the ...


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It think the problem is the questions that are being allowed. The boilerplate FAQ states: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. We are getting quite a few questions that seem designed to ...


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I'm guessing these are the comments you are talking about: NO. They are not. its Cartoon of Islam not strict Islam. they read only war verses; not verses like this: Say, "O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you - that we will not worship except Allah and not associate anything with Him and not take one another as ...


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There were a couple problems with that comment: It makes out and out false claims about the article it is allegedly discussing. Reading that comment, I would think that Mark Judge's statement was the centerpiece of the argument. Instead, it never appears. The closest: Consider the following, undisputed facts about her testimony and the evidence ...


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Just because comments are 'on-topic' doesn't mean they shouldn't be deleted for any variety of good reasons. I'm a big champion of the importance of comments, as can been seen in my posting history on the SE Meta, but they have their place. If you've rambled on through 60+ back-and-forth comments, with no end in site, and no resolution to include into the ...


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I believe that this was the comment you are referring to: To add a note as to why he is adamantly calling it the chinese virus. He stated it was a result of some officials in china at one point stating the us military may have caused the virus. He has adamantly called it the "chinese virus" at all chances as a result to combat a disinformation campaign. ...


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My experience here (on poli SE) is that comments usually get moved to chat wholesale, which may or may not be the best choice, but is surely easy to do, and preserves the whole back-and-forth discussion... or they get deleted wholesale. The latter happens rarely in my experience. I can only remember one example, on a question of my own, and (arguably) I had ...


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There's nothing inherently wrong with the second comment. That, however, doesn't mean it has to stay around forever. Comments are ephemeral and may be removed at any time, for a variety of reasons. If they've outlived their purpose, for example, or even if they're cluttering the interface, pushing more helpful comments out of the way. The golden rule here ...


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