I'd like to ask why these comments were deleted
The comments were:
@dukeling how is this possibly a duplicate of the given link??????? – bharal 6 hours ago
This was flagged by someone. Two things here.
First, I find that adding ???????? to the end of your question strongly implies a "how could you be so dumb!" tone for the comment, amplified by the phrasing of "possibly." Whether or not it was well intended the tone of this comment is not at all one which suggests "hey, let's talk about whether this is a duplicate" but more "you idiot this isn't a duplicate."
Second, and less important, comments arguing on the on-topicness of questions belong on meta -- not polluting comment threads.
@Mister what if they got the applications mixed up? what if that's handled by someone in hr, who you'd otherwise never work with? this answer throws baby out with bathwater, then blames baby for it. – bharal 6 hours ago
This was flagged on an answer.
It's basically a comment that says "this answer is wrong" - if you read through the comment purpose, which is summarized every time you type one:
It doesn't really suggest an improvement but more just says "this sucks."
@RichardU i mean, dress a bad answer up all you want, but... – bharal 6 hours ago
This one was actually deleted by enough community flag votes (I deleted the first two based on flags). I think that speaks for itself when enough non-moderators find a comment problematic enough that the system itself auto deletes them.
I think that comments getting removed is normally the first step toward banning someone, but it seems a bit stealthy.
Rarely is this the case. When a user has enough problematic comments, normal "escalation" looks like:
- Contact user privately informing them that they've had enough activity recently which has generated attention (this is a warning)
- Often this involves dialog back and forth when users do not know what this refers to
- If problematic behavior continues, user is suspended.
It is rare to skip step (1) and normally this is when someone is posting content which is undeniably controversial/problematic and a suspension is need to stop the behavior continuing.