I was wondering the Straight Dope on messages that seem to vanish.
I was perusing a thread today that I could swear I commented in, but couldn’t find my comment any more. I concluded it was probably removed by a mod (or possibly at another poster’s request) - for what reason I haven’t the foggiest, but I am not a mod and therefore don’t enforce the rules. Doesn’t even matter to me as most of the time when that happens, my message isn’t really adding something profound to the conversation anyways.
But I was thinking why, instead of making it an “un-message” a la Nineteen Eighty-Four, could it just not be removed, but still have the message place sitting there (ie the original poster name and such is there, but the text is replaced with [Removed by xxx for yyy]). It might also be a helpful hint to the poster of the offending message as to what to avoid for next time so he doesn’t make the same mistake again (as I wasn’t even warned about it).
As I said before, I’m not asking why a recent message of mine was removed, because I really don’t care to know the specifics and I’m not debating the decision at all, but I’d just like to know what the policy is on message removal.