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When a moderator flags a comment, the comment is instantly deleted. For a moderator, the only difference between using the “flag” and the “delete” button is that using the “flag” button asks for a deletion reason. (Is this deletion reason recorded anywhere?) This differs from posts, where moderator attention flags work normally when they are raised by moderators.

Moderators will generally avoid to deal with comments that concern them. While as a moderator I have no qualms deleting comments like “@Gilles thanks for your observation, I've updated my post accordingly”, I will not touch comments like “@Gilles your the stepchild of Hitler and Justin Bieber you're mother was is a hampster FOAD”. I leave such comments to be handled by another moderator.

If I'm a moderator, my only in-band recourse with a rude or non-constructive comment that's directed at me is to flag the post that the comment is attached to, which leaves a record in the post instead, which is not good if the author of the post is not the commenter. I can contact other moderators out-of-band (in chat), but this is inefficient and hard to keep track of.

Please let moderators leave a comment flag which can then be handled by another moderator.

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    FWIW, you should be able to see the flag reason in the timeline – Shog9 Nov 21 '14 at 16:26
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    @Shog9 Ah, yes, I confirm. I isn't in the “show X deleted comments page”. The all-encompassing timeline is really nice. – Gilles Nov 21 '14 at 16:33
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    I'm not sure why you are unwilling to handle comments like the one in your second example... – John Dvorak Nov 21 '14 at 17:22
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    I think, more broadly, that if a moderator flags a comment with a custom reason rather than one of the canned ones, it should be assumed that he wanted that reason to be visible to other mods so the comment shouldn't be auto-deleted. For obsolete, not constructive, etc, deletion is usually the right thing to do and we shouldn't change that. – Monica Cellio Nov 21 '14 at 17:43
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    @JanDvorak Ok, that's an extreme case. But there is a world of non-constructive discussion that really requires an external eye. – Gilles Nov 21 '14 at 22:17
  • @jan I might leave such a comment for another mod to be entertained by ;) – Andrew Barber Nov 23 '14 at 17:08
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I think that there is a case for this to be implemented.

I have experienced and seen cases where users make comments to moderators that are borderline, and at times I think over the border, with respect to the Be Nice policy.

In such a case, the moderator involved, who may be the only moderator who sees the comment, has no recourse other than deleting the comment, or making one of their own, and I often do neither because I think it would be seen as the moderator acting as a censor on content that disagrees with them.

I think a flag that simply alerts the other moderators to content that any member of the community thinks is inappropriate, would bring fresh eyes to it and promote better discourse in comments.

In terms of how this might be implemented, I think the comment by @MonicaCellio on the question provides an excellent suggestion:

... if a moderator flags a comment with a custom reason rather than one of the canned ones, it should be assumed that he wanted that reason to be visible to other mods so the comment shouldn't be auto-deleted. For obsolete, not constructive, etc, deletion is usually the right thing to do and we shouldn't change that.

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