What is the time-tested and moderator-approved way for soliciting cooperative deletions of comment noise by the participants themselves?
This evening I experienced my first extended comment exchange. All of the people involved are more than capable of cleaning up their own comments, and may do so on their own, but it occurred to me to be proactive about it to limit comment noise, and simply request their help.
I shortly realized that there's no easy way on SO to request that other participants cooperate to clean things up after a comment-fest. In particular, the inability to mention more than one user in a comment means that comment cleanup-up requests involve adding to the noise level in before one can reduce it. Instead of being able to make one comment to five people, I found myself having to post five messages with mentions, and will obviously need to go back tomorrow to clean those up.
Creating meta questions for this sort of thing seems wrong, too. Comments are short-lived, and (relatively) easy to delete. Questions aren't supposed to be ephemeral, but they can certainly be deleted when their utility is done, if that's the "right" way to do it.
There are a number of related issues with this question, so please give the issue a thorough and thoughtful response.
- What's the most effective way for comment participants to communicate with one another about comment cleanup?
- Are comments or meta questions preferred for cleanup discussions?
- Are cleanup discussions likely to bring down a wrath-hammer of some kind?
- If none of the available options are ideal, is there another alternative that should be made a feature-request?