I provided one of two answers to a question of a new user. A day later, the user had written a "Thanks!" comment to both answers, and accepted the other answer.
From there, I ended up in a meta-conversation about using stackoverflow with the new user. This may have been useful for the user, but it also created a lengthy thread of off-topic comments. Once I was sure that the new user had read the thread, I decided that the comments are obsolete and flagged the post to have the entire comment thread deleted.
Do you think that this was the right thing to do? Or what would you have done differently? Keep in mind that the new user still had less than 15 reputation.
In case this is of interest, this was the gist of the comment tread:
- OP: "Thanks!"
- Me: "If you like an answer, vote it up and/or accept it." (My mistake: I could have known that the user is not allowed to upvote.)
- OP: "Sorry, not allowed to upvote. Already accepted the answer that was given 11 hours before yours." (I know a fast answer may be the best one for the OP, but I still replied with...)
- Me: "You know you may change the accepted answer?"
- Someone else: "Haha, I will upvote your answer."
- OP: "Have more reputation now, upvoted both answers."