There's a new Response to my Declaration! I should go see what it is so I can respond to the concerns of my would be constituents!

Inbox Screenshot

Except, the newest response I see is my own. From over an hour ago, not a mere 6 minutes ago.

Comments screenshot

Going to the "Responses" tab on my profile reveals not just one, but two(!) comments that are nowhere to be seen on the elections page.


Anecdotal evidence in chat suggests that this is happening to other candidates as well. This is a horrible bug. Please fix it.

  • Curiouser and curiouser... one of the aforementioned comments has just appeared. Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 4:45
  • And now several more in rapid succession. What in the world... Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 4:49
  • And now they're disappearing again. Something strange is going on. Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 4:51
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    Perhaps it is a test of your abilities to handle things that are intended to drive a normal person over the edge. Like a pre-moderation stress test. :P
    – user11502
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 4:52
  • Yeah! I'm feeling really disenfranchised over here!!!!!
    – David M
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 4:53
  • My comment vanished for me as well (the screenshotted one), but showed on my activity page. If it was deleted it wouldn't show on activity. Probably heavy caching or delayed updates on AJAXy requests.
    – Resorath
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 7:45
  • Well, ++ for the Encyclopedia Brown reference, at least. Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 13:28
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    I've poked this around, we'll see if we can find summat about it.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 13:51
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    yep, just posted a comment it hasn't shown up yet
    – l I
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 14:21
  • New comments are still showing up at a trickle... 9 hours after being posted. I'm getting notifications, but it's frustrating to respond to questions and criticism and for it to be invisible a those criticisms get up voted. Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 16:54
  • awesome, I can go make a bald faced lie and you won't be able to see or respond to it for at least 18 hours :)
    – l I
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 17:40
  • @spartacus I'll see it. Nobody else will. Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 18:00
  • Any info here? My comment from 24 hours ago still hasn't posted!
    – David M
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 5:33
  • @GraceNote I've got two comments not showing up here (only one comment of mine showed up), they show up if I make another comment (screenshot). They do not show up again if I refresh the page. Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 7:41
  • Indeed, there are now duplicate comments on my nomination, that only showed up after I responded to the single visible one. Something's eating comments, and only spitting them out when you post your own.
    – Frank
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 14:29

2 Answers 2


This is fixed now. There are a couple of things going on when we decide to limit the number of comments shown. We have a site setting that sets a fixed limit, which is the limit @GraceNote was referring to in his answer. However, that limit interacts with another thing we do, which is do a rollup of "top comments" because we don't want one of our blessed users' pithiest pithiness to be lost below the fold, to the detriment of all who seek wisdom. So, in the event that there are comments that have been upvoted and there are also more than {comment-limit}* comments, we cause the upvoted ones to rise to the top so you won't miss them.

In the elections situation, we just weren't counting correctly because the view model for the elections view wasn't being populated completely. Ergo, we just chopped off the comments that were beyond the limit.

* the limit is 15 by default, but can be configured site-to-site


We did some testing and it appears that the issue was on comment limits. Election nominations only show up to 15 comments before expansion. However! There's no button to expand comments!

Posting a new comment auto-expands which is why people could see things only when commenting.

As a bandaid, we've increased the comment limit to 40 for now, but we're going to look at a more robust solution. Most likely adding back the ability to expand comments. Hence I'm not going to this until we're happy with our solution.

  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there a [status-deferred]/[status-planned] for this very purpose? :P
    – user98085
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 18:55
  • I could put status-planned, I s'pose.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 18:57
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    I just like seeing the status tags in action. Makes meta feel a bit more organized.
    – user98085
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 19:03

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