An issue was raised on the Arqade Meta by a user who was mass-flagging obsolete comments. The moderator over there claims that the mod team of 6 (soon to be 9) mods cannot handle that amount of flags.

Can a review queue be added for obsolete comment flags? I don't see why handling such flags have to be a mod-only activity that high rep users cannot help out in.

  • Closely related and might be a dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/q/213694/152859 Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 14:21
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    Reading through that post, the problem is in mass-flagging. If that is not done, or even made impossible ("We're actually thinking of blocking this script from functioning any further on our API.") does this still need a solution? These comments are no problem that needs an immediate solution, so if you just flag them when you encounter them, I wonder if there is a problem left that needs to be solved.
    – Bart
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 14:39
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    Note: Users can get rid of bad comments; I think 3 obsolete flags kills them. But yeah, a queue would make this actually useful. Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 19:15

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This was suggested in comments here https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/180086/147247 and in an answer here: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/180327/147247 and got thrashed out a bit if you'd like a starting point for the details.

  • It was just to be another queue, and would show the question and all the comments on it
  • there should be a link to edit the question since once a comment has been edited into the question it's obsolete
  • some people were concerned because deleting a comment cannot be undone
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    Interesting on that last bullet-point, since that has changed since then.
    – user98085
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 14:22
  • @FEichinger to be specific, only mod-deleted comments can be undeleted. But that's tweakable I guess. Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 19:17
  • @Manishearth Well, yeh, but the functionality exists at all now, which is a big improvement over the last time this was brought up.
    – user98085
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 19:18

I support this feature, and I don't see any reason why we can't have "Too Chatty" in the same queue.

It's really not that bad if comments get deleted, in fact it happens all the time; I think this would be a really great way to take more work off the moderator's plate and let them work on more important problems.

I do think that this queue should have quite a high rep threshold, though, as it's a "deletion" queue. Probably 10k, and it would require three votes for instant deletion.

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