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While following an "interesting" question on Stack Overflow, I had a look at the asker of that question and found that his activity tab was filled with short and meaningless comments.

The user has an extremely high comment-noise level; Thanks and good example seem to be a very common comment which repeat on nearly every answer he receives on his questions. While I know that we should tell people to stop that and use the voting mechanism instead, I wondered if I'm allowed to flag that user and request a major cleanup of all his comments.

And yes, I'm aware that's a pretty rare and tiny problem on SO, but I'm wondering if we should lay that into the hands of a Moderator, educate the user or leave him be.

Edit: I didn't mean a complete deletion of all the users comments, but instead a manual cleanup done by a Moderator. The main intention was to not clutter up the comment-flag-queue with dozens and dozens of flags for those comments.

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  • For what it's worth, a mod has asked that people not call out bad users by name. Yes, I know this will lead to "well, can you show us an example?" comments in many cases. Just wanted to point it out; I had forgotten, myself.
    – Pops
    Oct 6, 2011 at 14:04
  • @PopularDemand: Hadn't heard about that, good to know, thanks. Oct 6, 2011 at 14:08
  • @Pekka LOL, I signed up just to upvote Oct 6, 2011 at 14:09
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    @Michael thx man!
    – Pekka
    Oct 6, 2011 at 14:11
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    I came here to say this!
    – mmyers
    Oct 6, 2011 at 15:39
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    good example...
    – bkaid
    Oct 6, 2011 at 15:49

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Edit:
Tim Post ♦ confirms:

It's MUCH easier for us to just deal with individual flags. @PaddedCell Just flag appropriately in a way that won't leave broken remnants of a conversation. It's much faster for us to go through them that way rather than digging through a user's entire timeline. Each individual flag we receive is ideally actionable with a few (or single) click.

and Robert Harvey ♦ adds:

Except when an entire conversation on a post needs to be purged. If you want that, a single flag on the post will suffice.

Old answer:

Am I allowed to request comment noise cleanup on a user-base?

I'm against this - be it noise or not, a comment can be part of a meaningful conversation that would be rendered useless without it.

For example:

Hi Jon.Could you provide an example.what if i set it to public

Thomas,Could you review your example.Since i think the String phone in first code snippet should be public.!!!!

etc.

I'm not saying these are great contributions, but you can't simply do a delete from comments where user = #. They need individual flagging IMO.

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  • I didn't mean a complete clean-up, for sure not. My intention was not to clutter up the comment-flag-queue but instead just issue one Moderator-Flag. Manual cleanup is of course still necessary. Oct 6, 2011 at 13:39
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    @Padded ah, I see. I guess that depends on what is easier for the mods to deal with. I'll leave this in place and delete later when a mod has answered
    – Pekka
    Oct 6, 2011 at 13:48
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    It's MUCH easier for us to just deal with individual flags. @PaddedCell Just flag appropriately in a way that won't leave broken remnants of a conversation. It's much faster for us to go through them that way rather than digging through a user's entire timeline. Each individual flag we receive is ideally actionable with a few (or single) click.
    – user50049
    Oct 6, 2011 at 13:58
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    Except when an entire conversation on a post needs to be purged. If you want that, a single flag on the post will suffice.
    – user102937
    Oct 6, 2011 at 15:22

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