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Personal attacks aren't allowed here. We detached this comment from https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11803404 and marked it off-topic.

[nevermind, I misread]

As other users have pointed out, that was the fault of a usability problem at our end. It was hard to tell that a comment was replying to a flagged comment. Sorry for the confusion!

This has been on our list to fix since https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10917057 so I went ahead and fixed it (or tried to). Now, in addition to "[flagged]", "[dead]", or "[deleted]", you'll see the usual item line with at least a timestamp. Hopefully this will make it clear that there used to be a full comment there, to which there is a surviving reply.

Awesome :) Always nice to see things improve. Thank you for the feedback.

dang replied to a comment that is hidden, it isn't a reply to your comment.

You can turn on showdead in your profile to see comments that have been hidden.

Oh, I see. Thanks for clearing that up.

It was displayed as if it was a reply to mine - in place of the deleted comment there was just "[flagged]", but no date or anything, so it looked like a tag added to mine. This isn't most readable UI...

Thanks for the showdead tip.

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