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If a comment says only




(or something like that), then the person identified in the database as its "ReplyTo User" should be allowed to delete it, and if he flags it as obsolete, then that flag should be immediately effective instead of queued.

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I suspect most of the answers to this will be: "don't courtesy ping". – HodofHod May 1 '12 at 21:04
That is a good idea. Don't know if it's a feasible idea, but it's a good idea nonetheless. – Yannis May 1 '12 at 21:04
+1 Definitely can help clean up the comment threads without burdening the mods. – Double AA May 1 '12 at 21:09
How often is this used? (I've never seen it.) Better yet, how often is it used compared to how often people are pinged for the same purpose using other words? (Does it cover the majority of cases? Is it worth doing?) – Matthew Read May 1 '12 at 21:14
@MatthewRead, it's definitely used, but how often it's used versus courtesy pings using other strings (e.g. @foo, also.) is a valuable question whose answer I don't know. OTOH, if this becomes the standard, then people can be encouraged to use it when necessary. – msh210 May 1 '12 at 21:16
Nice idea, but I often see people not delete their own obsolete comments even when their peers write something like "@name, I cleaned up my comments" or "let's clean up our comments". Hence, I doubt many users would actually exercise any option to clean up comments directed to them. – Arjan May 1 '12 at 21:31
Actually msh210, it seems from here that you are the only person to use this convention. – Double AA May 1 '12 at 21:35
@DoubleAA, with "courtesy", anyway, and if Google's accurate. Maybe I'm projecting. – msh210 May 1 '12 at 21:37
@MatthewRead Well, if it became a feature I imagine people would start using it; the actual regex isn't really important – Michael Mrozek May 1 '12 at 23:04

I don't particularly like this. Not everyone headers the ping as a "courtesy ping", and then this would just add to our growing list of hidden functionality. And regexes only go so far...

Instead, how about a "courtesy ping" flag reason?

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...there's a flag limit for moderators? – Arjan Jun 1 '12 at 19:43
@arjan hmm, why did I write that? I think 10k have a limit, but they can't delete anyway. – Manishearth Jun 2 '12 at 2:49

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