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Comments on Notifying each other that a commented-on issue is resolved, to produce fewer comments rather than more

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Notifying each other that a commented-on issue is resolved, to produce fewer comments rather than more

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I just made a comment on another Meta post because I wasn't sure whether something in someone else's answer was a typo, or if so what the correct wording should be. It turned out that my best guess was correct, and I got a comment in reply to that effect (along with the author editing the post).

I figured at this point that I should delete my own comment, as it has served its purpose. But now I see a problem, that applies generally.

Presumably, me deleting the comment doesn't send any kind of system message, so now the author's "thanks, you were right" comment is orphaned. I could flag that for removal, but it seems heavy-handed to involve moderators for something like that. On the other hand, commenting in order to convey that I deleted the first comment and that the whole thing can be cleaned up now, is... clearly counterproductive. I can imagine this getting out of hand in extreme cases, like the classic "no, you hang up" routine.

Is there a more streamlined way we could handle these kinds of situations?

(Also, just to make sure: will a comment thread disappear from the ordinary-user UI, if every comment is deleted from it?)

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Yes threads disappear once empty (1 comment)
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One advantage of threaded comments is that the exchange isn't in anybody's way. If User A posts, User B comments, User A says "thanks, fixed", and nothing else happens, no harm done. If that's the entire thread, either of them could flag a comment and say that the entire thread is now obsolete.

Comment threads under a post are shown in order by last-update time, so newer threads will push the "dead" one down and eventually out of (default) view.

Comment noise isn't as much of a problem on Codidact as it is on Stack Exchange because comments aren't a single list of top-level comments under a post. Feel free to clean up, flag, or ignore stale threads. If there are a lot of comments or comment threads on a post and the obsolete ones are getting in the way, please flag to let someone know. Mostly we don't expect this to be a problem because of the way we designed comment threads.

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This is only partially true (1 comment)
This is only partially true
Andreas‭ wrote 5 months ago · edited 5 months ago

The existence of a comment thread still means it's somewhat of a noise. In addition, there is a small chance that something useful beyond the topic of a specific comment thread, is posted there. So I think Moshi's answer presents a better solution, as long as the access and means to archiving and unarchiving such a specific comment thread is offloaded from the moderators.