I can understand if the poster deleted his comment

But if a moderator deletes a comment should we not be able to see it, if we want to

Divrai hoil Shel talmidai chachomim tzrichim limud

Even if we do not have talmidai chachomim now so we do not need to learn, but we should at least have the possibility to (I personally learn a lot from the comments)

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    My comments seem to be deleted daily. No reason is ever given. This is the least one would expect.
    – newcomer
    Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 18:40
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    @newcomer, think of comments as more like spoken words and less like permanent documents.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 18:43

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According to a a Stack Exchange employee, there is no way for non-moderators to view deleted comments, nor will Stack Exchange implement such a feature. Sorry.

As a piece of device from Shog's answer:

For most intents and purposes, deleted comments are gone - you should try your best to put anything of value into an actual answer. As you note, you can view your own deleted answers, as well as their revision histories and such - if you need or want that functionality, use answers rather than comments.


I guess the only thing we can do is ask the mediators that instead of deleting them they will transfer them into a chat

As the Honorable @IsaacMoses sais in a comment on the question, it is like "spoken word" (chat). So it can not be taken back

  • I aggree i it was technically possible to make the comment automatically part of the chat it was good. I understand that on the front of question it is esthetically good to minimize or skip comments. but if a comment has a logical context and is part of a normal discussion, to delete it may be an hefsed.
    – kouty
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 4:40
  • @kouty Even if losing a specific comment is a Hefsed, having a functioning site with standardized enforceable rules and policies is a Revach.
    – Double AA Mod
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 5:32
  • @DoubleAA I understand, as devarim shebeal pe nifsadim
    – kouty
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 5:45
  • Is there no way for a moderator to mark a question as "locked"? Like, the duplicates are. That could be our own little "deleted". Add "[DELETED]" and then lock it
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Nov 27, 2022 at 12:50

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