I made the tragic error of not marking something as community wiki that should have been. The question is now mired in comments about how I'm a rep whore, despite having no such intentions. While the question has been re-opened as a community wiki, users still vote up the no-longer relevant comments. Putting aside issues of my own embarrassment, I think the question's negative history has sterilized the question's ability to get the number and quality of answers it had the potential to receive, limiting its usefulness. Personally, I would prefer the question just be deleted, in all its fruitlessness, but it has, however, received too many answers to vote for deletion. What's the appropriate action?
On a broader level, is there any solution to large amounts of non or no-longer relevant commentary, flaming in particular?