Can comments or answers disappear other than being deleted by their authors?

I am sure there was another answer besides mine on "Spelling" tag, does it make sense for Japanese? and maybe I had some comments to the question itself.

So were these removed by their authors or some moderators or even some automated system? Did I/we say anything wrong there?

Or are such things intended to be secret/untraceable and I shouldn't really be asking?

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You mean this one? which is deleted by owner.

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Other than that, comments and answers can be deleted by original posters and moderators.

For comments, sometimes moderators could clean it up just for the cleaness on the page.

I do not think that it is a good practice to copy a post which the poster deleted without permission by the poster. – Tsuyoshi Ito Jun 15 '11 at 16:49
I am not saying that it is illegal. It is not a good practice to ignore the intent of the poster who deleted the post. – Tsuyoshi Ito Jun 15 '11 at 16:52
Accessing deleted posts is a privilege given to only moderators and users who can access the so-called 10k tools. Please understand why they are not visible to everyone. I do not know if the poster of this particular post will mind or not, but you will cause a trouble in the future if you continue doing this. – Tsuyoshi Ito Jun 15 '11 at 20:13
@Tsuyoshi, there is nothing to discriminate between being 10k and non 10k (or 2k). Taking screenshot has different purpose on meta. If you think that is a probem, raise it on meta.SO or may be different thread on this meta and wait for official answer. And btw here is how Jeff done on his post if you think why taking screen on answers are so bad. And this is another similer one -"why questions and answers are disappering" on meta, and see how people answer it. – YOU Jun 15 '11 at 23:51
I just warned you that it would harm your reputation (not the score). If you believe that you are doing the right thing, I will not repeat. – Tsuyoshi Ito Jun 16 '11 at 0:24
@Tsuyoshi, I don't like getting WARNED on where I don't think I am wrong (actually pissing off). You should raise the issue on Meta.SO, if you still think you're right to warn where that's not the issue. Or still want to try warning Jeff Atwood, I posted above? If you don't satisfied, I could find some more links with screen shots done by moderators or 10k users. – YOU Jun 16 '11 at 0:32
I am not interested in arguing with Jeff Atwood. I care about your behavior on this website, but I do not care about what he does unless he comes in my way. – Tsuyoshi Ito Jun 16 '11 at 0:33
@Tsuyoshi, Just FYI. I got fair solution (for me at least) on meta - which is to blur the image, and has been done. Note: you don't have to agree with that, but I consider it is kind of decision from community, and I would follow that way. – YOU Jun 16 '11 at 12:46
Thank you for editing the image. I think that blurring is a safe way to go. – Tsuyoshi Ito Jun 16 '11 at 12:50

there was another answer on the spelling tag. I think it was deceze(sp?) but don't quote me on that... I figured he just deleted his answer after changing his mind after seeing your answer.

That's OK then I suppose. I just had the feeling that one or two other places things had disappeared too in the same hours but I wasn't sure. – hippietrail Jun 15 '11 at 14:37

I am not aware that this happened recently (so I do not think that this applies to the case you are talking about), but it is possible that something bad happens on the server and it rolls back. In that case, you probably see some downtime, and when the server is back, the most recent changes (posts, comments, votes, etc.) made immediately before the downtime have disappeared without any trace. Although this is extremely rare, when this happens just after you have written a long and detailed answer, it can make you sad or angry (from some personal experience :) ).


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