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Automatically remove all non-meta comments after a certain amount of time

Update: I was involved in some very useful discussion in comments under @tinkeringbell's answer. It helped clarify some of the arguments against automatic deletion. If there's interest in this ...
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Do you get a notification if your comment is deleted? [duplicate]

Basically the title is the question: Do you get a notification if your comment is deleted? I couldn't find the answer in the help center or here on meta. But I'm pretty sure that I had comments under ...
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Notification about “I added the info you asked for” comment

On one hand, comments like "I added the info you asked for" should be deleted, as discussed here. On the other hand, if they get deleted, the previous commenter who had asked for the info ...
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Flag comments “please edit to clarify X”, “done” for deletion?

Should comments like "please add details of X to your answer", "done" be flagged for deletion? Deleting them would improve readability of the thread. The answer-relevant ...
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A system to undelete useful comments?

Sometimes a good question is deleted because a few people think it adds no value. Sometimes a good answer is deleted because a few people think it is not fit according to them. But there's the option ...
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Remove the ability to delete comments from the moderator toolbox

Moderators shouldn't be allowed to delete comments. Why can't we use the normal process of flagging to remove offensive comments? Sometimes, entire discussions get wiped out because a diamond ...
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Why were my comments pointing out an error in an answer deleted?

I have twice posted comments under an answer by moderator Tinkeringbell to the question Under age users - could they just be suspended until of age? These comments have pointed out that the answer ...
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Android app crashes when mod tries to delete comment of non-member user [duplicate]

If a moderator tries to delete a comment of a user that is not a member on the site (because the question was migrated) then the Android app crashes (app version 1.0.77). The bug can be reproduced ...
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Correct way to get rid of old unnecessary comments

What is the correct way to get rid of old unnecessary comments? I often visit one of my old posts and see that the comments have become "unnecessary", I then want to get rid of those comments. The ...
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How do I delete all my comments?

I want to delete all of my comments, but the https://api.stackexchange.com/2.2/comments/$ID/delete API method has a limit of 20 deletions per day. I don't want to call it every day for months, so is ...
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Help! I'm being haunted by a non-existent comment

This is a deleted answer. When I open it it shows me one comment, along with the option to "show 1 more comment": However, when I click on "show 1 more comment" nothing happens. That is to say that ...
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Why was the entire comment thread to this answer deleted? [duplicate]

The entire comment thread to my answer to this gender pronoun question was deleted. Can anyone with admin rights see the old thread? [Edit And explain why it was deleted?] Edit 2 Moving up comments ...
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Can mods contextually delete comments?

Recently, I've seen comments get deleted but the context around them aren't: (For clarity, the above comments are all responses, 4 initial comments were deleted, the top one is in response to ...
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Comment deletion notification

I think you should be notified if anything of yours is deleted or even flagged, preferably with some explanation (even if it's a simple categorisation like #rude, #irrelevant, #incorrect) and who did ...
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Some moderator tools related to deleted comments aren't working

Since at least 1 August, the moderator tool “show X deleted comments” leads to a 404 page. For example: on Is the calculation of infinite sums solvable by a computer?, I click “mod” then “show 7 ...
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Are comments ephemeral and what should be done with informative comments?

I was reading another thread and I really don't understand what's being said in the +5 upvoted answer here, where the user explains that "comments are ephemeral": Can I view a list of my "great ...
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What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?

Caution: R-rated language Some words, when present in a comment, make it eligible for instant, automatic one-flag deletion. Out of the seven words you can never say on television, only appear to ...
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When commenting before deleting a post, is the comment lost? [duplicate]

Sometimes it is appropriate to delete your own answer or question. That is often because someone explained a problem, and one accepts that the question or answer is not valuable. That is not directly ...
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Should all comments be deleted?

Sometimes, mods delete comments. In fact, sometimes mods delete entire comment threads. This inspires people to come to this meta or site-specific metas to ask "why were my comments deleted" (e.g. ...
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Is resources reduction one of the important reasons that questions/answers are deleted?

Today I clicked a link to a question on SO and got, 404 - This question was removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of moderation. That took me to another page, Why and how are some questions deleted?...
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Allow moderators to undelete the comments deleted after being flagged by a single user

See How is it possible that a single user who is not a moderator can delete a comment? for more details. In short, two comments have been probably deleted after a single user flagged them as obsolete ...
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Allow moderators to undelete comments deleted by magic words [duplicate]

No, you can't hocus pocus a comment to be banished to the outer realms of the ether, but there is a short list of words that, if contained within a comment, cause the comment to be removed after a ...
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Deleting comments under posts in the mod queue should be easier

Ever since mods gained the ability to undelete comments, deleting them has become easier as the confirmation dialog was removed. However, this is not the case in the mod queue — I still get a ...
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Why was the comment delete button changed from the X icon to the word “Delete”? [duplicate]

Update: I found my answer in an answer to another feature request. Basically, this was done for accessibility reasons, as well as to make the style match. I didn't find that post initially because the ...
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Any record of deleted comments? [duplicate]

I got an e-mail notification of three comments to a question I posted. Now going to look, I see one of the comments, but the other two are not there. Presumably, they were deleted. Since a record is ...
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How to delete comment if it seems abuse?

How to delete comment if it seems rude? If someone talks rudely on comments, how to delete that comment?
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Repeated comment deletion shows wrong message [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Deleting a comment (mine) shouldn’t count as a comment vote When trying to delete more than a single comment in less than 5 seconds (not a common ocurrence, I must admit)...
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Why was my comment deleted?

On this question I put a helpful comment linking to Meta's faq about accepting answers. I went to look this morning and the comment is no where to be found though The comments part of the question ...
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Incorrect error text when deleting multiple comments within 5 seconds

On SO & MSO, the error message displayed when deleting two comments within 5 seconds used to be: Can only delete a comment every 5 seconds. It has now been replaced with the following error, ...
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When I delete a comment, then try to delete another comment too quickly, the error message talks about comment votes [duplicate]

When I tried to delete a comment after I just deleted another one, the system told me You can submit a comment vote every five seconds. The message should be different, right?
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Not Important bug found with 5 second comment warning? [duplicate]

This is not an important bug to fix, but just noticed it today. You normaly get the 5 seconds between comment vote warning when you try and vote for too many comments at once. I deleted two of my ...
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Can anyone delete my comments on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I have seen that some people can delete others' comments. Can only moderators do this or can anyone with a high enough reputation? Also, can my answers also be deleted by others?
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Show a placeholder for deleted comments to avoid confusion

Currently, as I see, when a comment is deleted, it leaves no traces of its existence at all. This can lead to somewhat confusing "discussion remains", where a followup comment is not understandable (...
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Reduce the threshold for comment deletion with flags

I have it on good authority that it takes six flags from ordinary users to delete a comment. This makes no sense; it only takes five community votes to close a question, and three to delete a post. ...
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Deleted @replies can get hidden in the global inbox

@replying and deleting was a nice way of e.g. update notification, but now it doesn't seem to work anymore!
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Can we share the workload of comment cleanup with the community?

The whole reason Stack Exchange exists is to let people post questions and answers to those questions. Since the very first day of Stack Overflow's existence, Qs and As have been considered first-...
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Confirmation dialog for deleting a comment does not appear twice

I don't consider this being very important, but I thought I'd report it (and perhaps it's by design). I was cleaning up some of my old comments, and tried to delete one before 5 seconds had passed ...
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How comes some of my comments have been silently removed?

I just figured that some of my comments on an answer to the question power of in x86 assembly have been removed without further notice... Is that common practice on Stack Overflow?
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Is it a hard or soft delete on comments, what about the data dump?

Recently I figured out deleting a post is really a soft delete and it is still in the DB, unless of course there are enough votes to make a hard delete. I'm curious if comments are a soft or hard ...
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Rate-limited comment deletions fail silently [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happened to the dialog box on deleting comments within five seconds of voting? When deleting multiple comments in quick succession, the first one is fine but the others ...
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Deleting your own comments too quickly produces the “hey you're voting too fast!” error [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Possible bug: are comment deletion and comment votes supposed to use the same backend? Confirmation dialog for deleting a comment does not appear twice I was deleting a ...
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Is this self-deletion of an answer and thereby also the comments below it acceptable?

Today I asked a question. I received four answers. One of the answers was from UserA (unnamed at this moment). UserA's answer led to 22 different comments in response to that one answer. Amongst ...
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Is that fair to delete my comments only?

I posted an answer to this question: How can I prevent SQL injection in PHP? Here is my answer: https://stackoverflow.com/a/14569797/1646111 Today I just noted that my comments were deleted, I got a ...
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Purge all comments marks the mod as the person who deleted, even if they were deleted by someone else

Let's say that a question has some deleted comments. Now, if I look at the deleted comments, they show the person who deleted the comment. Now if I go in and choose purge all comments, it marks even ...
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Allow moderators to see deleted comments

Moderators cannot see deleted comments, although deleted comments are still present in the database. I think it would be a useful feature for moderators to be able to see deleted comments. At the ...
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Can Google (search engines) “see” deleted posts or comments?

I have a vanity search set up on Google. Every once in awhile a post or a comment comes through that just seems ambiguous, outdated, or whatever... so I follow the link and I clean it up or delete it. ...
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Does voting to close as duplicate erase earlier comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Closing as duplicate removes links that point to other duplicates Are broken duplicate question links automatically cleaned up? The first comment on the following question ...
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'Owner' formatting incorrectly applied on deleted comments [duplicate]

There is special formatting for user links in comments posted by the author of the question; it has a different background, to distinguish it from comments from other users. However, this background ...
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Cannot delete multiple comments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happened to the dialog box on deleting comments within five seconds of voting? Try to delete multiple of your own comments from the same answer. Only the first one ...
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Was my comment deleted? [closed]

On this question, I had a comment with 8 upvotes. (The comment was something like "Could the homework tag be missing from your question?" - the answer of the OP is still there ("no its not homework..."...