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It possible to get some moderator action to remove comments relating to Community-Wiki after a question has been changed into a wiki question (either by the owner or the built in thresholds).

As an example see this question on superuser: Windows annoyances. Here there are currently 20 comments and most of these are about turning the question into a Community-Wiki question rather than the actual question. Since this question is now CW all those comments are basically cruft. And worse they are up-voted so much that any real discussion is muted.

I would like to be able to flag those comments (as spam?) and get them deleted.

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In general, just flag this stuff for moderator attention, and we will take care of it.

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/04/raising-a-red-flag/

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Even better, have people stop making those comments in the first place.

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$chars = array('L', 'O'); while(1=1){ echo $chars[0]; echo $chars[1];} echo $chars[0]; –  Tyler Carter Jul 24 '09 at 0:23
    
while(true) System.out.print("lo"); –  jjnguy Jul 24 '09 at 0:25
    
Wrong ... you don't print out the last l. –  Tyler Carter Jul 24 '09 at 0:40
    
how do you know? It will never end..so actually....*head explodes* –  jjnguy Jul 24 '09 at 0:41
    
for 0... -> $i { print 'lo' } Perl 6 –  Brad Gilbert Jul 24 '09 at 0:43
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shouldn't this be community wiki? –  Jeff Atwood Jul 24 '09 at 4:35
    
@Jeff ... Arrrrrrrgh!!! ;-) –  Luke Quinane Jul 24 '09 at 4:51

Those comments should really be flagged as abuse, for moderator attention.

See this question.

In Particular, this is Jeff's stance:

Do not bully users into community wiki. You can offer a carrot in the form of a comment that says "wow, I'd love to vote this up if it was community wiki" but downvoting and other nagging is not appropriate. (addendum: the community wiki flag checkbox is not shown for new users because they can't possibly understand it, you may potentially be nagging new users about a setting they don't even have.)

If you think something should be community wiki then flag it for mod attention with a comment to that effect. Simple.

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I would like to be able to flag those comments (as spam?) and get them deleted.

So do it then.

If you hover your mouse cursor over a comment, you'll see a little "flag" icon appear to the left of it. Click it.

If enough people do this, the comment will go away...

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Haha I never thought of it that way. I was more worried the moderators would be wondering why I was flagging something. I like the 'just do it' attitude. :) –  Luke Quinane Jul 24 '09 at 1:42

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