First time on Meta. I made (at least) two comments on this question, both of which were deleted.

I can't remember which comment was made first.

Some context to 'first comment': initially this question was closed. I voted to reopen and in the end this question was reopened. I might claim that the subsequent interest in the question justifies this. I commented along the lines of 'I am glad this question was reopened'. This has been deleted.

The second comment said roughly 'I wonder how long until someone suggests that a calculator be used'. This also been deleted... shortly afterwards a user suggested more-or-less 'use a calculator'.

Assuming these are moderator-deletions, I am asking why are they being so anal? Mathematics is a human pursuit and emotion and humour (?) are a part of the human condition.

Of the two comments, I think the 'first' was more appropriate for deletion... but the second?

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    $\begingroup$ A mod should (and probably will) provide a canonical answer, but here's my take. "[E]motion and humor are part of the human condition." No argument there, but SE is, by design, a question/answer site, not a discussion site. A consequence is that comments are considered ephemeral: unless a comment speaks to the content of a question or answer, it's considered fair game for deletion, so as not to clutter up things. You just have to get used to comments evaporating. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 0:29
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    $\begingroup$ Likely what happened is that some user flagged as "too chatty" or something like this and a moderator agreed. The question you should try to answer is: Do you believe the comments will be useful to somebody down the road? If not, what is lost. // That being said, there are masses of comments on the site just like those, and no-one minds. But also masses of such comments get deleted. It is not a big deal, I think. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 0:35
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    $\begingroup$ Was it necessary to make these comments on the first place? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 6:24
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    $\begingroup$ @RickDecker ""[E]motion and humor are part of the human condition." No argument there, but SE is, by design, a question/answer site, not a discussion site." I don't understand what you mean here. I wasn't trying to have a discussion. We have a "add a comment | show X more comments" to deal with clutter in the first instance. I have never noticed a comment evaporating and am somewhat butthurt! $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 8:09
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    $\begingroup$ @quid Too chatty? Yes perhaps to the first, not to the second comment. Are we supposed to behave like robots around here? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 8:10
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi is it necessary for to do anything on this site? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 8:11
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    $\begingroup$ You're the one asking if it was necessary to delete the comments, @JpMcCarthy... $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 8:13
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi good point! $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 8:14
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    $\begingroup$ There are several similar older discussions on meta. Usually the explanation was that the comment was flagged and then deleted by a mod. But it is worth mentioning that comment can also be deleted without moderators intervention if enough users flag the comment. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 9:14
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    $\begingroup$ Since you also asked about humor and jokes, I will mention that there were also some discussions about "funny comments". I was able to find relatively quickly these two: Is it okay to leave stupid comments? and Upvoting comments as equivalent of Facebook “like”: bad form? They seem to be somewhat related. Maybe somebody is able to find more posts from the past discussing this issue. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 9:18
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    $\begingroup$ Comment deletions happen all the time and are quite insignificant. I do appreciate that it can be awkward when ones comments are suddenly gone but you really should not make too much of it. If I make a joke and no-one laughs it can be a bit awkward too, but usually the thing to do is basically nothing. Starting a debate and question others why they did not laugh and how this is not cool, usually would be an odd thing to do and make matter worse. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 11:45

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We had an emergency yesterday, a dozen of our hamsters became sick, and we had to remove some non-essential content to lessen the strain on the remaining hamsters.

On a less serious note: Moderators delete comments, that's part of the "job". Most comment deletions are triggered by flags, but not all. If we see comments that are obsolete, off-topic, non-constructive or too chatty, and we are in clean-up mood (otherwise we may not notice their too-chattiness [off-topicness, ...]), it can happen that they are removed without being flagged. And we are subjective, so too chatty/off-topic comments that we find funny have a much greater chance to not be deleted than ones we find boring.

It seems your comments were deleted as part of a clean-up of that comment thread, where comments not directly pertinent to the question - its content or its presentation - were culled. (I just continued that by deleting two comments that became obsolete by an edit. ;)

  • $\begingroup$ I bet one of the snakes is responsible for the hamsters problem. I told Shog9 to use short-toed eagles! $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ "On a less serious note"? Or do you mean "on a more serious note"? $\endgroup$
    – JRN
    Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 0:43
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    $\begingroup$ @JoelReyesNoche Sick hamsters are very serious. (Well, they would be if they were real, but it's the image that counts.) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 7:38
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    $\begingroup$ @DanielFischer, I apologize for my callousness. I hope the hamsters get well soon. $\endgroup$
    – JRN
    Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 9:05

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