How do comment voting and flagging work?
I really like that I can flag a comment as obsolete. It really helps clean up things that are turned irrelevant, like suggestions to fix blatant errors in a question, or many other situations.
But I want to check and make sure I am not voting against the user in any way. Great constructive comments that really need to be made, will often become obsolete once acted upon. For example "please make this an answer" or "did you mean this or that", followed by "edited to clarify".
Often there can be several comments in a row that are now meaningless, and are gobbling up space from the other comments, I like to vote the first one obsolete. 1
So, can I continue this practice? Or will I just be hurting the author by doing this?
1. (if I vote multiple comments obsolete, I have to make sure that no matter which random one or two are deleted the remaining will not look like a conversation that never happened)