I saw some moderators deleted a some few comments about God and Islam which were not long discussions. I remember SE says only long discussions are not welcomed and can be moved to chat. and SE itself warns when comments become long.

are mods allowed to delete anything based on their personal prefers? or when they delete they should refer to some link explaining the reason of delete?

  • Inre the post that instigated this question, I had no fundamental problem with your comments; as the other commenter's behaviour was clearly inappropriate, his comments were the ones that needed to be deleted as per site policy. After they were purged, your own comments were no longer relevant (as the context was no longer there) so they were removed as well.
    – goldPseudo Mod
    Jul 14, 2012 at 22:06

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In the case of this question: What is fundamentally unique about Islam? the reason for deletion was the non-constructive argumentation of the other user. His comments did not directly engage your answer and were only meant to bait an argument on a tangentially related topic. Also the tone and language were quite offensive. Given all these, I think it was perfectly alright to delete those comments. It's not the length of the discussion per se, it's whether or not it was appropriate.

  • "This is not a site for argument and debate." is wrong as I know based on SE messages. SE says LONG discussions in comments are not welcomed. ( that not means should be deleted). the comments there were not long discussion. also such tough moderation make people hate and escape this site. please take it easy and let people come and use this site. deleting comments of people does not make a good feel in them about this Islamic site and even may make hate of Islam. I do not think those comments (even if not welcomed) should have been deleted. no long discussion happened there. Jul 14, 2012 at 18:17
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    Some level of argument and debate is OK here - we're not being tough on that at all. In fact, we'd be quite lenient. The issue here is the on-topicness of the comment thread.
    – Ansari
    Jul 14, 2012 at 21:13

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