I understand the purpose of the flagging obsolete comments, but by nature of the way that comments become obsolete, often short exchanges (or occasionally lengthy conversations) end up obsolete at once. I'm wondering how we (ordinary users with enough rep to flag comments) should handle these scenarios. There are three options I can think of:
- Individually flag every obsolete comment in the comment thread as obsolete.
- Flag one of the comments in the comment thread as obsolete, and hope the moderators will read the thread and delete all comments that are part of the same conversation.
- Flag the answer or question as needing diamond moderator attention with a message asking them to delete the obsolete comments, and something like the first few words of each comment so that they can be identified.
I always go for option #1, but it has at least the disadvantage that you have to wait around for 5 seconds between flags, which is irritating and slow, especially on lengthy conversations - this makes me feel like it's not the intended way for these scenarios to be handled. I'm also not sure whether the people who respond to these flags can see when they arrive at the page that a whole bunch of comments there are flagged as obsolete, or whether they can only see one. By flagging everything at once, am I making it easier for the mod who arrives at the page to see everything that needs to be done in one go, or am I simply filling some flag review queue somewhere with half a dozen duplicate entries and wasting people's time as well as my own?
Also, if option #1 is the best way to go, what's the right thing to do when you are a participant in the obsolete conversation? You can't flag your own comments, so should you delete your own immediately and then flag the other participants' as obsolete? I don't do this currently, because I don't want to remove half a conversation and leave some incoherent nonsense that makes the other commenters look like idiots (especially when I know I won't get any feedback on whether the comments I flagged as obsolete were actually deleted), so at present I just leave obsolete conversations involving me alone. This seems obviously bad, though; what should I be doing?