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It's very common that other users comment and suggest ways to improve your answer. In almost all such cases, the user gets credited in the answer ("Saved 6 bytes thanks to ... ").

A lot of those comments are removed by the user, while many are kept, at least for a while.

Is it OK / a good thing to flag such comments as obsolete, if proper credit is given? I've done this a few times on other people's answers, (and the flags are always accepted), but I sometimes want to do this on my own answers as well. I'm not sure if that is considered rude, or if it's a good thing to clean up the comment sections.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Closely related. (Although that one asks about deleting your own comment instead of flagging others.) \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Nov 27 '15 at 10:48
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Yes, feel free to flag those comments whenever you see them. The important part of your question is

if proper credit is given

I'd hesitate to delete a suggestion if that leaves no trace of who actually came up with it.

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