I post a fair number of answers in SO [tags] that are on the short end of the long tail, technologies that are not exactly out-dated but for which newer or competitive alternates exist.
Questions in these tags do get subjected to seemingly never-ending remarks from SO users that favor the shiny new version. Good examples are [vb.net], forever subjected to comments from [c#] users. [winforms] is a very frequent target for [wpf] users. [c++-cli] questions tend to fall into the [c++] shark tank. This question by JaredPar, also active in these tags, is relevant.
I personally find these kind of comments very distracting and very unhelpful. And not a little bit annoying, they de-value my expertise in the subject. So I routinely flag them as "not constructive".
Problem is, these flags often end up getting dismissed. There is very little consistency that I can see to whether that happens or not, I can only assume is affected by the particular moderator that handles the flag. There is certainly a problem with moderators having to make the call on a technical matter, but that rule is not being applied consistently as well. This is starting to become a problem, the number of dismissed flags I have are adding up fast and I assume that's going to get me on the bottom of the flag queue if this keeps up. If that didn't already happen, lately it has been taking many hours for one of my flags to get handled.
If I can't flag these kind of comments, what else can I do?