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I have it on good authority that it takes six flags from ordinary users to delete a comment. This makes no sense; it only takes five community votes to close a question, and three to delete a post.

Comment flags are not surfaced to 10K users. That makes it harder for the community to handle comments on its own (without moderator intervention), and essentially limits the audience for comment flagging to the participants in the post.

Please lower the threshold for deletion of comments from six flags to three.

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    Sounds good to me. From what Anna Lear said earlier more than 2 flags is already rare
    – Zelda
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 17:00
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    Looks like my info was slightly off. The actual formula is 3 + Score / 3. Doesn't seem like it exactly works like that, though, cause comments with 0 score aren't deleted after just one flag. (Also, comment flags age away after 4 days.)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 17:17
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    Um, it depends on your order of operations. If the score is zero, it should be 3 + (0 / 3) ==> 3. A comment with a score of 3 would require 4 flags to delete.
    – user102937
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 17:19
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    @RobertHarvey Yeah, apparently I just suck at reading math. Which is ironic, being a math major and all.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 17:21
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    Honestly, it's starting to sound like we need an etiquette guide for comments.
    – user102937
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 17:21
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    That last thing you said - that's the right answer.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 17:24
  • Wish I knew how to write it. My threshold for rudeness/incivility is higher than yours.
    – user102937
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 17:26
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    If this is status completed, maybe re-open and self-answer to describe the new rules?
    – Arjan
    Commented Jul 22, 2012 at 7:59
  • @AnnaLear: You mean you forgot "Please Excuse (My Dear) (Aunt Sally)"? :-) Must've been all that high-level integral stuff. Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 17:04

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