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Common scenario:

  1. Post a question.
  2. Get a comment almost immediately about some error, ambiguity, error, or missing info.
  3. Update the question.
  4. Post a response comment that you fixed it.
  5. The original poster deletes his comment (to reduce clutter).
  6. Delete your comment.

The requested feature is to allow the step 4 comment to be linked to the step 2 comment, such that when the step 4 comment is deleted, the step 4 comment is automatically deleted.

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blog post and blog post (both by the co-founder of Stack Overflow) – Doorknob Mar 22 '13 at 0:34
@Doorknob: Good point and thanks for the references. I changed the request to remove the nesting. The linking and cascading delete are really what I'm after. – Edward Brey Mar 22 '13 at 0:51
Related scenario regarding an answer and comments that became obsolete as an atomic unit: Atomic comment removal after edit – Edward Brey Oct 23 '13 at 13:45

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I think you've got a good idea that might suffer from wandering too close to an established minefield.

Threaded/nested/hierarchical comments have been brought up and shot down repeatedly. Attempt no landing there.

Allowing comment dependency without any visual difference is potentially a new and useful idea that sounds like the heart of your request.

It would be useful to be able to make a comment dependent on another so that if it's deleted my comment is too. The comment thread would still look exactly the same, the only difference would be cascading deletes. That way comments can be more easily cleaned up without either leaving a mess of unmoored replies or asking a mod for help.

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