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I flagged two comments earlier as rude or offensive - they were, no doubt, they were insults.

The strange thing was these comments were instantly removed and my flags are listed as helpful in my profile. What happened here?

They usually go for review and are dealt with later, correct?

Why did this happen? Was it a coincidence, i.e., they were flagged by someone else and I just happened to flag them a second before they were removed? Or do I have some unlisted privilege allowing me to remove these comments? Or what?

Sorry if I am just missing something obvious, strangely, I have only ever flagged four comments (including these) in all my time here, so I am a bit naive on this.

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From this Meta.SE answer (thanks to Ravan for finding the post):

  • @markkirby Yes exactly. If you look at the previous messages I ran a query to find comments containing the foul word, and all of them got deleted instantly because all of them contained the foul word (maybe some of them also had 4-5 flags already, however a foul word as I understand is enough). Forgot to upvote the question, did that now :) – kos Jan 5 '16 at 23:49
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    This is a great feature, it should help us greatly in keeping this sort of thing in check :) – Mark Kirby Jan 5 '16 at 23:54
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    @Ravan Thanks, I added that to the answer. – kos Jan 7 '16 at 9:27

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