I do no intend to make this post purely as a rant post (though it may at first come across that way) but rather because I genuinely find myself experiencing what is a definitively poor example of moderation.
On this question asking about the variety of hair colors possible I made what I felt to be a very thorough answer to the question, received a bunch of upvotes, and nobody else made any attempt to offer another answer. Seemingly my answer was in goo dstanding.
Someone asked me a question in the comments which seemed to imply that they didn't even read my answer, because they were asking me why I didn't cover red hair which I actually dedicated 3 paragraphs to talking about. They even linked the Wikipedia page for red hair as though I had no idea what red hair is. Even with the surge of sarcasm I felt bubbling up inside of me I told him in the most jokingly, non-confrontational way that I could that he seemed to not have read my answer. They didn't take to that, so we had the briefest arguments totaling 6 comments total, 3 comments from the both of us. Just to show how mundane the dispute was I'll make a brief transcript here (I'll have to paraphrase what I said since my comments were deleted and I don't remember them word for word):
Him: What about red hair? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_hair
Me: I'm not sure how to reply, I definitely covered that haha
Him: To be clear, I meant "what about red hair in your image showing the spectrum of 'natural hair colour levels'?"
Me: red hair comes as a result of both copies of your MC1R gene carrying deleterious mutations, lacking a single functional copy of MC1R makes you sensitive to UV radiation and causes neurological conditions that aren't very well understood due to the role of MC1R in the brain, hence given how rare it is and the adverse effects it isn't really a "natural" hair color
Him: It occurs in humans in nature. That seems pretty natural to me.
Me: Merriam-Webster defines natural as that which is usual, expected, or normal, which definitely isnt the case in red-hair which associates with diverse bodily consequences due to carrying 2 dysfunctional copies of the MC1R gene, which is all exceptionally rare, which therefore satisfies the definition of "unnatural". Additionally, please stop arguing with me in the comments about what you think
To summarize, the argument stemmed from what seemed to be someone's lack of reading comprehension, then it became an issue of semantics because I'm apparently the only one who's aware that words carry several meanings (even though every time I used the word "natural" in the body of my post I used it in quotation marks to clear up any misunderstandings) and the argument ended when I asked them not to reply again since it was evidently becoming a petty dispute of "I think" vs "you think".
Someone else comments on the answer (not related to that issue) which brings my attention back to the post, and I see this:
So despite, me not being the one to start the argument, and me being the one to end the argument, and the argument already ending over an hour ago at the time of him seeing the argument, instead of ignoring the issue or deleting the argument altogether this moderator decides he's going to pick a side, give his two cents, and then deleted all of MY comments but leave the other guys. To anybody who read this far I ask, on what platform is this an acceptable form of moderation? Despite me clearly using the term natural in quotation marks and even going so far as to explicitly state which definition of the word I was using, they accuse me of speaking derogatorily of red-headed people (what?) which surely must be easy once he personally delete the context of me using the word!
Unnatural is synonymous with abnormal or irregular, was I supposed to sugar coat it? Am I only allowed to use the terms rare and exceptional ? I'm sorry, it isn't unnatural, its EXTRAORDINARY.