I sometimes see this message

It never works. I click that and comments are copied into chat, or referred to in chat. They are never moved. The only time they are actually moved is if a moderator moves them (or deletes them and they're preserved in chat).

What is the point of a message that clearly and obviously isn't doing what it says? We are computer people and we know the difference between copy and move. It's not really a move when the thing still exists at the source. So it's not moving from comments to chat, is it?

  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/96493/… Aug 14, 2015 at 5:01
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    @HackerKarma Hardly. There are going to be many questions related to that message. But I haven't found any that actually question the fact that the comments are not moved but are copied.
    – barlop
    Aug 14, 2015 at 5:04
  • It kinda related but not a dupe. Your question is about "move" vs "copy". +1 for that Aug 14, 2015 at 5:07
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    It says "automatically move this discussion" (ie subsequent comments) not "move the comments". Aug 14, 2015 at 6:00

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We are computer people and we know the difference between copy and move.

If you want to argue technicalities, where in your screenshot does it say anything about moving comments?

The point is not moving the comments to chat (although we have debated whether or not to automatically delete the comments that are imported into chat).

As the message says, the point is to move the discussion to chat – stop discussing in comments, start discussing in chat. Which is also why the automatically posted comment says "Let us continue this discussion in chat".

The reason for importing the previous comments as messages into chat is mainly to help kickstart this relocation.

  • I don't think we want automatic deletion (that can be weaponized), but it'd be nice if an automatic flag could be raised when this happens so mods can review and (usually) delete the comments. Feb 13, 2019 at 19:30

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