I posted a comment on the question What does claim to notoriety mean in this sentence?, in which I suggested that there was no special meaning, the words meant what they normally mean, and therefore the question was pointless (although I put it more politely than that).

I later received a message in my inbox that someone had replied to my comment:

@Chappo I'm not sure what you mean by "the level we would expect". We've taken...

However, I'm unable to access the full comment, as "This question was voluntarily removed by its author."

My question is: are higher-rep users and/or moderators able to view deleted questions (in which case, would someone with those privileges mind posting here what the full comment was and who it was from)?

From the fragment available, it seems likely that the comment was providing a perspective (and possibly additional information) that might be useful for me as a relatively new LiteratureSE user (though I've been a visitor to other SE sites for over 6 years and a regular ELU contributor for 3 years). If my own comment was either off the mark or could have been better worded, I would welcome the feedback. It's frustrating to know that someone took the time to compose the reply and I can't benefit from it.

My supplementary question - more a rhetorical comment really - is: is it a SE design flaw to allow a fragment of a message to be delivered to a user's inbox when the full message cannot be viewed? If a comment has been deleted (whether on its own, or because it was connected to a question or answer that has been deleted), wouldn't it be better for the inbox message to be automatically deleted?

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It was a small scope discussion. Here's the context, posted because the comments weren't deleted, even if the OP was:

small discussion - no transcription available

Rand linked How will we avoid literature snobbery? and . Christopher Strobbe also linked .

This isn't a design flaw in SE per se, because there are users who can see these questions - over 10k reputation on graduated sites, and over 2k on beta sites like this one. You can also see certain notifications, particularly from moderators' comments, on certain deleted posts you own. Still, it's kind of annoying, I get that.

  • Thanks, much appreciated. The comments provide useful feedback. I'd intended "level" to refer to the difference between asking what the author intended (i.e. a "literary" level), compared to asking what an expression means in general English (i.e. a language comprehension level). By not being clear enough, I've invited Rand's (mis)interpretation of snobbery. Aug 10, 2018 at 3:18
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    Glad to help, it sounds like you found it useful. :)
    – user80
    Aug 10, 2018 at 4:31

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