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A while back I had a long discussion in comments probably with somebody on the answer to this one Hard Disk:S.M.A.R.T. Stas BAD, Back up and replace

but they were deleted because comments aren't for that, chat is.. This was before a chat link would pop up.

I thought my comments would be nicely stored and had a few links there, only to find the comments gone.

Is it possible to view the comments.

And why not as a small courtesy, when comments are removed, can't the system post the comments to you, so you at least have a copy of what you commented and they're not gone.

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I checked that post and there are no deleted comments on the question or the answer. If you can find which post it was, a moderator can retrieve the deleted comments for you.

There's little value in automatically preserving comments because most of the time when they are removed, it is because they are off-topic or low quality, and comments generally have a low signal-to-noise ratio. The bother of making them available isn't worth what little value that would provide.

  • Beat me to it. I was going to link to this answer on MSO as it's a pretty nice summary of why access to deleted comments is a bit... meh... – DMA57361 Apr 12 '12 at 7:25

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