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First off, this doesn't apply to 'ordinary comments'.

Should I flag a question that has too many thanks! this worked for me comments? i.e. If there are about 30 comments in total but I have to sift through half of them to find actual comments on the answer.

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You can flag all of them as "noise". –  Mysticial Sep 14 '12 at 3:14
    
Ironically, the first one or two usually incorporate humor..I always seem to upvote those :P –  d-_-b Sep 14 '12 at 3:25
    
@Mysticial should i choose not constructive / off-topic or too chatty or obsolete or other and write 'noise'? –  d-_-b Sep 14 '12 at 3:27
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I'd go with "chatty". But I don't think it matters. A quick glance by a mod and it'll be clear that it can be deleted. –  Mysticial Sep 14 '12 at 3:28
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Though sometimes I prefer to keep some of these "thanks!" comments - especially if they're heavily upvoted and towards the bottom of the list. They serve as somewhat of an explicit confirmation that the answer works. –  Mysticial Sep 14 '12 at 3:38
    
Very good point...but then again, if an answer has 500 upvotes, it carries more weight than 100 thanks IMO and you don't have to click 'more comments' to notice that. All the thanks comments just clutter up the actual discussion going on. But I totally agree, some thanks are useful and other are hilarious! –  d-_-b Sep 14 '12 at 3:40
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Answers with 500 upvotes will usually generate a lot of useless comments regardless. They usually come in two flavors: "Thanks!" or "This is awesome!!!". Or, "WTF?!?! 500 votes for this?!?! Come on...". –  Mysticial Sep 14 '12 at 3:44
    
hahah very true...the site would be a lot more boring without them...but its the ones that are just 'thanks!' that are a waste of eyeball movement to read them...i wonder if anyone's discussed automatically blocking the exact string 'thanks!'? –  d-_-b Sep 14 '12 at 3:48
    
No!! I have one answer with a few thanks comments after it, for some of them the thanks is worth more than the upvote because it shows how much my answer helped them, which makes me happy. Flag everyone else's excessive thanks comments, don't take mine :) –  slugster Sep 14 '12 at 4:38

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I guess I'll turn the comments into an answer:

You can flag such comments as "too chatty" - since, as you have described, they're getting in the way of the "real" comments.

Personally, I prefer to keep some of these comments. (especially the funny and/or highly upvoted ones) They serve as an explicit indicator that the answer either works, or is awesome in some way.

But if half the comments are filled with them, then flag away.

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I was waiting for you to do this..haha –  d-_-b Sep 14 '12 at 4:03

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