I've added this question, which early on received the comment "IMHO this is silly." This comment led to a lengthy discussion about it, meanwhile partly erased by (I presume*) a moderador.
I would like to discuss this case here as I believe it is very related with a thread about controversy of comments.
I have to be honest, I have absolutely no problem that the question can be considered silly by some people.
However, I have a problem that
- (A) this comment should not belong to this website
- (B) a moderador, which in some form represents us, erased the discussion but not the comment, neglecting (A).
Arguments leading to (A)
- The comments are intended to be constructive and not offensive.
- That comment is not constructive by any definition of "silly"
- That comment can be interpreted offensive by some, by the definition of "silly" interpreted as "absurd and foolish."
At most, this comment should not have been made and instead a downvote should have been casted, even though the author of the comment misunderstood the question in the first place.
Furthermore, he ended up arguing, during the discussion meanwhile erase, that everyone has right to his opinion, which I believe it does not imply that everyone has the right to express it in this website. I mean, are comments meant to express personal opinions on subjects of history.stackexchange?
Arguments leading to (B)
- The comment lead to a lengthy discussion about it.
- A moderador read the discussion and erased what he/she considered irrelevant, keeping the comment.
- Today, after 2., there was a another comment also about the comment in hand.
In light of this question, I open this thread to ask whether we should or not decide to erase the discussion without taking into account that the problem may not be on the discussion itself, but also on the comment that gave rise to it, as demonstrated in this case by a new comment from a person that did not participated in the erased discussion.
I don't know how to do this, but I would really like to notify the author of the comment that also participated in the discussion,
Drux, and the moderator, which I don't know who he is, about this thread. It only makes sense to discuss this with these persons here.
- I presume it was a moderator who erased the comments because a comment of mine was erased. If not, substitute "moderador" by the role/person that has permission to erase other's comments.