Chatty comments don't get more clear-cut than this:

@WheatWizard thanks!

And yet, somehow…

no longer needed – Stephen Leppik yesterday declined

Excuse me for a moment, but… what? The other 14 flags I raised on comments saying "thanks a lot" and nothing else were helpful, but this one is declined?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't know why it is inconsistent, but comments thanking people golfing their solution are usually fine. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 28, 2017 at 20:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ Comments like this are only an issue if there are a lot of them. There's no harm in removing them, but there isn't really much of a reason to, eitherl \$\endgroup\$
    – Pavel
    Commented Oct 28, 2017 at 20:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Could it be that in the other 14 answers the poster included a "Thank you" in the answer body? Usually the way I do it: If the comment helped me golfing my answer I introduce a notice along the lines "Thanks @SomeUser for -42 bytes!" and flag their comment for removal since it's no longer needed. In my eyes this keeps the answer self-contained and tidy but I wouldn't start flagging comments on other answers (of course there are exceptions) since it's not my decision how different people want to pay their respect. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 28, 2017 at 22:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ For me is ok to say "thank you" "good morning" "have a nice day" ... \$\endgroup\$
    – user58988
    Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 21:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Possibly I not understand this discussion... \$\endgroup\$
    – user58988
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 12:09

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Most of the flags were cast on thank you replies to suggested improvements, which had been incorporated and acknowledged in their respective answers. Neither the thank you comments nor the original suggestions served any purpose anymore, so I deleted them.

However, the answer of one of the comments did not mention it at all. While I'm not sure the thank you comment is still needed, deleting a reply to a post without deleting the post itself felt awkward, so I decided to preserve both comments.


One chatty comment isn't really an issue, especially if it's a "thank you" comment. It's not really worth the mods' time to remove singular chatty comments on posts. Chatty comments only really need to be flagged when there are multiple, excessively chatty comments, and then it's usually more effective to raise a custom mod flag on the post itself.

Of course, spam/rude/abusive comments are a whole different story - flag those with great prejudice whenever you see them.


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