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How do comment voting and flagging work? says:

If a comment is flagged by enough users it will be auto-soft-deleted. There is no penalty for this. Flagged comments will be surfaced to moderators, so if you have a problem with a comment, flag it.

What does "auto-soft-delete" mean?

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"Auto" as in it happens automatically, a moderator doesn't need to get involved. "Soft" because it's not actually gone from the database; moderators can still see it if necessary. It's not quite as "soft" as post deletion, because comments can't be undeleted, but the contents are at least recoverable if necessary

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