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I asked Question #1, which I later removed since it was considered off-topic. So I do not even know now the OP number.

I also asked later this related Question #2, which applied under different conditions. But it was considered in comments as a dupe of the first one by two "highly voted" people (logically implying it was off-topic, for the same reasons as the first one), and it had 4 close votes.

In an exchange in comments, it appeared to me that the dupe labeling was not justified, so I concluded the dupe labeling was more based on me being the OP than on the contents of the question. This is per se undesirable, I guess.

Taking a chance at getting answers, I fixed the question with more details.

In the meantime, and in a matter of a couple of minutes, all comments disappeared, including mine. It might have been that the two people who posted them decided to remove them (even if one of them seemed not present in SU since a few hours ago). But also comments from me disappeared, so my first guess is that some admin decided to do so. And I am certain these comments were not offensive in any means.

Is that something expected to happen? (not by me).

[EDIT]: An answer to this question does not seem to be available in any of the two questions linked above.

marked as duplicate by Mokubai Jul 24 at 6:58

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  • Comments are transitory and subject to deletion by their owners or moderators. When they get deleted they may "orphan" other comments and so people flag the now unnecessary comments for deletion. It is not anything personal or against you, generally it is a janitorial cleanup. – Mokubai Jul 24 at 7:02
  • @Mokubai - After reading the two linked questions, I guess this is not a dupe of them. The answer to my question is not even there (or perhaps I missed it). But I did find the answer in a second level of linked questions, here, even if the question itself was not a dupe (I found this happens quite a few times, and there is nothing wrong with this). – sancho.s Jul 24 at 8:47
  • @Mokubai - I guess these comments grant a good answer, which may be clarifying for others too. I welcome you posting it; I cannot do it now. – sancho.s Jul 24 at 8:51
  • The comments were a distraction from actually finding an answer. We can't really close a question as a dupe of a deleted question anyway, and the newer one was better. It would have been better to edit your earlier question, sure, but those comments were chatty. So, yeah, totally was deleted by someone other than the poster. – Journeyman Geek Jul 24 at 11:03
  • @JourneymanGeek - A few remarks: 1) Question #1 was deleted by myself. 2) Comments to question #2 were deleted by some admin. 3) There seemed to be no chance to edit Question #1 to make it acceptable, it was already crucified as being off-topic, not as having low quality, 4) At first, the same criterion (dupe -> off-topic) was applied to Question #2. Only after I inquired a little more it came to light that the issue was little information -> low-quality... that could, and was, fixed. PS: I have seen other crucifixions around. – sancho.s Jul 24 at 14:34
  • @sancho.s - You could have improved your original question and undeleted it. I already indicated nothing that was happening to your question(s) had anything to do with you as a person. When I flagged the question for a moderator to review, and provided a comment to your deleted question (for the community to review), I also provided suggestions to improve your question. Which is the primary reason your question is still open. You are taking steps to improve it. – Ramhound Jul 24 at 21:07
  • @Ramhound - Question #1 was deemed off-topic because there was a corporate PC involved (not because that had any certain impact on the OP itself). That fact was non-reversible, and reinforced by later comments. So I guess there was no chance of improving it. Then you provided suggestions to improve Question #2, which I did. And that led to it being still open. In my opinion, a prejudicial start (I was even "inquired" about the meaning of word "prescind"... given it shows up in Google searches, I can't help but taking it as somewhat pejorative), and a more fact-based continuation. – sancho.s Jul 25 at 6:59
  • @sancho.s - You are not going to convince me that you could not have improved your first question. If you want to take the moderation as a personal attack your welcome to do that but that wasn’t the case. It was always about the quality of the questions. The duplicate candidates do indeed answer this question though – Ramhound Jul 25 at 11:48
  • @Ramhound - Ok, all said. Thanks. – sancho.s Jul 25 at 23:04

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