Sometimes I may add an ephemeral comment which has language that could be described as colourful. (Invariably in response to unnecessarily abrupt behaviour.)

Today I noticed that one remark was removed seconds after posting.

Is this automatic or an on-the-ball moderator?

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    $\begingroup$ You may be interested in my data-gathering initiative What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words? $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 20:02
  • $\begingroup$ @FamousBlueRaincoat: Thank you! I needed a laugh :-). $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 20:18
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, we have plenty of colorful language: just look at all the combinatorics questions with ahem blue balls. :-) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 8:24
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    $\begingroup$ At least combinatorics is somewhat discrete, continuity seems to make things worse, for example, math.stackexchange.com/q/90737/27978. $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 14:44

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Some colourful language needs only a single flag to get the comment removed. It may have been that. If it is the comment I think it was, that is very probably what happened.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks! Will need to experiment more :-). The triggering incident happened in the last few minutes... $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 19:17
  • $\begingroup$ A good half hour ago, methinks. While I can understand your frustration in that situation, you used a word that makes one-click-deletion not entirely unreasonable. Somebody clicked. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 19:20
  • $\begingroup$ I agree that was inappropriate. But compared to what could have come out, it was pretty mild. I went back to delete it (remorse) and it was gone... $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ So it was deleted a few seconds earlier. No harm done then, right? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 19:26
  • $\begingroup$ I appreciate your concern. A few negative interactions over the last few days on a few SE sites have left me rather sensitised. $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 19:38

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