Currently, the only way to delete a comment is to flag it (e.g. "obsolete") and wait for a moderator to handle the flag. Or, if it is my own comment, I can just press the "delete" button.
However, when I try to press the "flag" button, I see this guidance:
Flag this comment for serious problems or moderator attention
This makes me think that I should use this button only when there are serious problems. But most of the comments are not serious problems! I just want to remove that pointless comment that says "OMG LOL", or an obsolete comment.
So, let's add a seemingly more "streamlined" option for deleting comments: just press the "delete" button! It would do the same - open a dialog that asks why I want to delete (not flag) the comment. Just a change of wording - no new functionality, but I think it looks more intuitive this way.
- Make the "delete-this-comment" button available for everyone
- Maybe only for users above a certain reputation threshold? I suggest the same threshold that allows voting down.
- Handle this the same as the "flag" button
- Another option is to declare that moderators are less "obliged" to handle such flags; just delete the comment automatically if it gathers enough of such "votes-to-delete"