In the recent question regarding Carrying a handgun in other countries with a US concealed carry permit, a couple of the (highly-upvoted) answers contained a slightly snarky sentence at the end:
From one of them:
I'm sorry, just because you're a US Citizen doesn't mean you get to overrule the laws of other countries. ;)
and from the other:
Being a US citizen doesn't grant you any special exemptions over local laws.
Honestly, these don't seem particularly egregious to me and they did actually convey some useful information that was actually important for answering the OP's question (namely, that rights you may have in your country of citizenship don't preempt the laws of other countries you may visit.) However, a few people objected to the snark in these sentences in the comments to those answers and one user edited both answers to remove those sentences (and both edits were approved by the community.) I subsequently edited both answers to restore the useful information in a less snarky manner.
So what I'm wondering is:
- How much snark is allowed in answers?
- Is editing the preferred reaction when someone deems part of a post overly snarky? Or is a comment preferred? (Or even a flag, though a flag seems like overreaction to me?)
- When someone does edit out something like this (particularly when it contains information that is actually useful for answering the question,) is it correct to subsequently edit in attempt to restore the information in keeping with the original idea of the answer, but sans the snark? (i.e. Was my reaction to the edit correct here or should I have commented, flagged, reverted, ignored, etc.?)
I didn't personally find either of these statements to be offensive. A slight bit of snark did seem like it might have been present, just due to the context, but I didn't personally interpret either of those statements as having been intended to be more than very slightly snarky.
This meta question was intended primarily for the purpose of answering the exact questions listed above, not to imply that these specific posts were actually worthy of any action. The reason I used them as examples here was that other people apparently did interpret them as being offensive, as evidenced by multiple comments, flags, and then the statements actually being edited out.