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While browsing the site on my Android mobile, I found that there is no option to delete comments through the mobile website.

In order to take screenshots, I recreated the issue using the mobile link found in the website footer section and rendered the mobile layout in Google Chrome browser on my desktop machine.

Here are the steps that I performed:

  1. On the site footer section, clicked on the link mobile. Refer screenshot #1.

  2. I navigated to one of my questions and typed in a test comment. Clicked the Add comment button to submit the comment. Refer screenshot #2. I didn't get any error message when the comment was less than the required minimum number of characters. This minimum error not appearing issue has already been reported through this post: Add comment length counter on the mobile site

  3. I see the comment on the mobile application but there is no delete option. Refer screenshot #3.

  4. On the mobile application's footer section, clicked on the full site link to switch to the standard website layout.

  5. On the standard layout, I deleted the comment that I posted using the mobile layout using the delete button.

Is this by design that the comments cannot be deleted / flagged on the mobile website or is it a bug?

Screenshot #6 was added in response to comments from @M. Tibbits that flagging is not allowed on mobile. It seems flagging is allowed on questions but I didn't see any option for flagging comments.

Screenshots:

#1: mobile link at the site footer section

Mobile link

#2: Add comment

Add comment

#3: Comment added but no delete option

Comment added but no delete option

#4: Switch to full site

Switch to full site

#5: Delete option on the full site

Delete option on the full site

#6: Flagging on mobile

Flagging on mobile

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I've also found the mobile website is a bit too pared down in some cases. For instance, I don't think you can flag anything from the mobile website. That said, I think it was optimized for question/answer viewing not for moderation, etc. –  M. Tibbits Aug 3 '11 at 2:46
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@M. Tibbits: I think that one reason could be due to the size of the icon that might cause problem but I feel a link can be provided instead. The icon is already very small on the normal desktop. However, it looks like you can upvote a comment. :-) May be good things are allowed on the mobile but not the bad ones (like flagging, deleting.) :-) –  user162697 Aug 3 '11 at 2:49
    
+1 Siva. It might also increase the noise in upvoting though. –  M. Tibbits Aug 3 '11 at 2:52
    
@m.t you can flag from mobile as of a week ago; try it –  Jeff Atwood Aug 3 '11 at 3:04
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@Jeff, Yep I see it now. Awesome! Though I guess Siva's right, you can't flag or delete comments through the mobile interface. –  M. Tibbits Aug 3 '11 at 11:14
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I'm placing a bounty on this; you can't delete comments through the mobile interface still. I'm curious as to why this isn't a feature implemented already (it implies the mobile site and the main site are two separate sites, when they should be as similar as technologically possible). –  Makoto May 19 '12 at 17:12
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I found this a problem today as well. I wanted to delete a comment and could not, until I pulled out my tablet. –  ErikE Jan 1 '13 at 20:28

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You can now delete comments on the mobile theme - flagging is still unsupported.

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