There are at least two use cases when moderators really need to flag comments:
- when the comments to be flagged are on their own posts (e.g. someone tells a mod to go get lost under their own post)
- when they are intervening in a diatribe and the comments degenerate (e.g. when a moderator asks a user to fix a post, and the OP tells them to go get lost)
At the moment the guidance is:
- do not flag the comments, which is actually the opposite we tell all other users
- flag the post with a custom flag so other mods can intervene
The reason not to click flag on the comments is that flag is in fact a delete, no questions asked. This is broken behavior because deletions should have confirmations, and because a deletion should be called delete and not flag. More confusingly there is also a delete link which has almost the same effect.
The correct behavior instead should be
- When a mod clicks delete on a comment, ask for an optional/skippable reason (similar to how flags happen today)
- When a mod clicks flag on a comment, have the normal flags workflow.