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My answer to this question has garnered a gratifying number of up votes, as well as some down votes, and a very long tail of comments, in which people either agree with me enthusiastically (British speakers) or say I'm completely wrong (American speakers). I did think of deleting the damned thing, but (a) it's been accepted (b) that would be chickening out. Is it likely that the mods think the comments deserve to stay, or is it just that they haven't noticed them? I tried clicking the 'move to chat' pop-up, but it said 'move to chat failed'.

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    Flag one comment and ask the mods to migrate the lorry load to chat. Users do not have these supernatural powers. Overall the comments are engaging and interesting but if they do stress you out you can ask the moderators to delete them.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Sep 9, 2021 at 6:00
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    Comment chains under two answers to that question have been moved to chat. The ELL moderation team is unprecedentedly shorthanded, and I just had a very hectic day. Next time try flagging your own post.
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Sep 9, 2021 at 7:42
  • Yes. I'm on vacation with limited access. Fortunately, there's an election coming up.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Sep 10, 2021 at 18:00
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    Most of the comments were deleted, but more than half of those deleted were your own comments. (In the future, you might want to simply resist the urge to reply to everyone who comments under your post.)
    – J.R. Mod
    Commented Sep 13, 2021 at 16:12
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    I really don't like this sort of deletion. You didn't update your answer to cover the information given in the comments, i.e. that you were speaking from an informal British English perspective. And the thing about chats is that they go away after a while. So now future users will see this accepted, highly voted answer and lack that additional context. Informative comments should only be removed if the information is incorporated into the Answer or is in another comment, IMHO. Mods get way too "move to chat" happy, forgetting that this makes them go away permanently over time.
    – trlkly
    Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 7:43
  • @trlkly I'm.not aware that chat messages disappear or fade away in time. On the contrary, it's impossible for a user to delete a comment once it's been shifted to a chat room.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Sep 23, 2021 at 6:22
  • @Glorfindelglo hi, can you tell me what happened to user60033's second meta post. It didn't have any answers but it generated a lot if good comments. Was it deleted by the system or by the team or...? Thanks.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Sep 23, 2021 at 6:41
  • I find he chat system unusable due to font adf interface issues. As a result I will not read or respond to comments in chat, and if I think a comment of mine was informative and important, i will re-post it. Commented Sep 29, 2021 at 0:17
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    @Mari-LouA I've encountered previous Answers where I would click to follow the link to the appropriate chat, and would be told the room no longer existed. it seems that chat rooms disappear after a certain period of time has passed. What that time period is, I do not know.
    – trlkly
    Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 8:46
  • @trlkly could well be, that has not happened to me but then I don't always click on the link going to chat. I think, but Glorfindel can confirm, that chat rooms are frozen after a period of activity and depending on the number of comments, are preserved. I think preserving three or four comments for "eternity" makes little sense but then one has to ask why bother migrating when there are so few comments in the first place?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 8:52

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