In a recent question of mine, @Ian and I had a rather lengthy back-and-forth about the meaning of something in my question that was unclear. At the time I deemed it relevant to keep in the comments, as others might have had similar issues understanding what I meant.

In the end, however, we figured out a much clearer formulation that I then implemented, leaving the 20-or-so comments obsolete. Now I feel like the comments-section is completely confusing for people trying to figure out the history of the question (and possibly answering it).

Is it possible to migrate the now out-dated comments to the chat? Should I rather contact @Ian and ask him if he could delete his comments (whereafter I would delete mine)? Or should I perhaps make an edit in the question saying that the first 20-or-so comments can be ignored?


  • $\begingroup$ I removed the feature-request tag, because you were not really asking for a new feature to be added to the site SW. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Sep 1 '16 at 8:33
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    $\begingroup$ @JyrkiLahtonen Speaking of tags, (support) is probably more appropriate here than (discussion), isn't it? (If not, feel free to rollback my retag.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Sep 1 '16 at 10:00
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    $\begingroup$ You could always flag one of the comments for moderator attention, and explain that the exchange of comments was obsolete and best deleted. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Sep 1 '16 at 12:23
  • $\begingroup$ Related older post: How can I move from comment to chat? $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Sep 11 '16 at 6:20

Done. Long comment exchanges (>20 comments) raise an automated flag that moderators then tend to. I am not familiar with the details of how soon such flags are raised. In this case I didn't wait for the flag and just did it. It is something like 2 mouse-clicks for a diamond bearer.

Creating a chatroom is better than deleting the comments in the sense that any interested party can then view the removed material in the chatroom.

I undeleted Did's comment, because I wasn't sure your intention was to include that in the removal. Oops. Looks like Did was awake, and moved to correct things himself.

Usually there is no pressing need to make requests like this in meta. Long comment exchanges in main get flagged and relocated to chatrooms "invisibly" as a part of routine moderation.


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