- I leave a comment on a post pointing out some issue or requesting some sort of clarification
- Someone comes along and addresses the issue or fixes the post, then leaves an @reply for me in a subsequent comment
- I return (because I got a notification in my inbox), see the issue is resolved, and delete my own comment
- I then flag the reply comment as "no longer needed" because, well, it isn't
Now I wait. How long will it be before the unnecessary comment is removed? Will the moderator who looks at it have enough context to realize that it's no longer needed? How many people will read an out-of-context comment and be annoyed and/or confused?
Wouldn't it be better if, at step 4, the comment was deleted as soon as I said it was no longer needed?
Potential for abuse:
Okay, I suppose if someone did an @reply to me for some other reason (they're questioning my edit, or are suggesting some of behavior is problematic and are trying to correct it), sure, I suppose I could use "no longer needed" to shortcut deletion of those comments to try to hide my activity. That won't really work, though, as things are all logged. And, if I'm doing such a thing, it's probably symptomatic of a larger issue and I may be getting my activity flagged, getting moderator messages, or worse. Even so, perhaps this could be limited to situations where it would only work if I have a comment on the same post.