Edit: Rather than ask why my comment was deleted, I’d rather ask, was it not useful?
I understand moderator fatigue is real, and comments are noisy — especially in Workplace — but, for a while, my lone comment seemed to usefully support an answer on a controversial subject. I also understand that “ephemeral comments” reasoning is more of a handy moderator tool than an actual thing, because they are never truly deleted.
I chose to comment in support of the answer which, I thought, said it better than I could, and I wanted to signal to others that I thought it was a better answer than the more upvoted one. My comment, which was by itself for a time, was “swept up,” but I think perhaps without consideration — though not maliciously — because:
- It seemed useful to me
- It wasn’t violating any policies
- There weren’t many noisy comments on that to begin with (that I saw)
Now I do understand that my comment may not have been useful to one or several moderators, but, if so, I’d like to hear that harsh-ish but honest answer rather than one which — perhaps — dismisses my concerns (and caused me quite a bit of confusion and frustration).
I commented on this answer here, which was part of a HNQ about last week, itself in response to another HNQ, and was supportive without being conversational, and was not a “thank you” comment or extended discussion.
I thought that my comment:
- Added to the conversation
- Provided support as an alternative perspective
- Was polite, non-aggressive
- Not inviting of nor replying to a conversation
In fact, it was the ONLY comment on the answer for a while. So there was by no means any conversation, extended or otherwise.
What was the rationale for deleting my non-violating, polite comment on an answer which, frankly, hasn’t had many comments anyway?