Adding a reason behind your ID or even text suggesting what you feel something is is a perfectly acceptable use of comments.
That being said, other users can delete comments they did not enter (sorry, I dont know if only curators can do this or all users), and you will receive no notification that your comment was deleted. I don’t believe there is any way to trace who may have deleted it.
This ability to delete content has been raised as an issue. On the one hand if people put truly offensive stuff in, there should be a facility to remove it. On the other hand, it can be abused as was potentially done here.
i’m pretty sure only curators can delete comments. It’s true that we should have some clear guidance as curators as to what comments should be deleted. My understanding is it should only happen if clear spam or offensive and in the latter i’m not even sure if we should if it isn’t something horrible because then it doesn’t get documented. More guidance from admins there would be helpful.
@magdastlucia after doing some investigating, we don’t have a record of that comment being saved, but we do have a record of the “Could be purple orchid mantis…” comment. Also, note that the down arrow on the “Hymenopus coronatus lives…” comment is gray and not black, denoting that it did not save. If you can replicate this comment-not-saving issue we’ll take a look.
Regarding curators’ ability to delete comments, I think that could be handled by a comment hiding rather than comment deletion functionality. Happy to write up a feature request for that, but I have a meeting to prep for so I can’t get to it for a bit. If someone else wants to add one in the meantime, go for it.
I agree that hiding comments would be a better functionality for curators to have, and that it should probably come with a reason and notification to the author of the comment.
Comment authors should probably still have the ability to completely delete their own comments, per EU requirements, though editing with history would be preferable in my view.
Do non-curators currently have the ability to delete others’ comments from their own observations? (Might have to set up a second non-curator account so I can answer questions like that!) If so, that is a scenario that I think merits discussion and debate.