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I had a comment at How do you generate math figures for academic papers? asking whether the question was a duplicate. (Carlo Beenakker is responding to it in this comment.) Since the comment is no longer there, and since I did not delete it, I assume that it was deleted in response to moderator flags. I have no objection to the deletion—the comment is largely superseded by Carlo Beenakker's—but, if it was in some way inappropriate, then I would like to know so that I can avoid further inappropriate behaviour. Is it possible to find out what happened?

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    $\begingroup$ Sounds like the kind of question only a moderator can answer. I know the moderators read meta, but maybe quicker to contact them directly? $\endgroup$ Dec 22 '21 at 4:49
  • $\begingroup$ Is it possible that the comment was deleted automatically by the system? This is a rather old post, the behavior might have changed since then: Don't delete comments with link to duplicate if they are modified. According to that post, at the time it worked like this: "Any comment that contains the word "duplicate" and a link to another question is deleted when a question is closed. " $\endgroup$ Dec 22 '21 at 6:17
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson I will just add that every question on meta automatically makes a notification in the moderator inbox (as confirmed by Todd Trimble). When you suggested to contact the moderator directly, did you mean the email address moderators@mathoverflow.net? $\endgroup$ Dec 22 '21 at 8:03
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak, that suggestion makes sense, but I'm not sure it applies—the post isn't closed, and my comment literally just asked whether it was a duplicate; I didn't supply a link because I couldn't find one. But maybe it was closed and re-opened? $\endgroup$
    – LSpice
    Dec 22 '21 at 14:23
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    $\begingroup$ I deleted that comment in response to a 'no longer needed' flag, as it did not contain much concrete information (in contrast to Carlo Beenakker's response). Thus, to answer your question -- the comment was in no way inappropriate. $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Dec 22 '21 at 14:28
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, @StefanKohl! Can you leave that as an answer so I can mark it accepted, or should I just close this question? $\endgroup$
    – LSpice
    Dec 22 '21 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Martin, I might have been thinking of math.stackexchange, where there is a chatroom for bringing things to the attention of moderators. Or, flagging a random post for moderator attention. $\endgroup$ Dec 22 '21 at 15:36
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    $\begingroup$ @LSpice You are welcome! -- Done. $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Dec 22 '21 at 15:52
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    $\begingroup$ @LSpice The post actually was closed and then reopened. So I thought that your comment might have been deleted when together with the closure. But since you say that your comment did not contain any link, the mechanism I described above clearly does not apply. (As a side note, would maybe (deletions) be suitable here as a tag?) $\endgroup$ Dec 23 '21 at 17:15
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I deleted that comment in response to a 'no longer needed' flag, as it did not contain much concrete information (in contrast to Carlo Beenakker's response). Thus, to answer your question -- the comment was in no way inappropriate.

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