I have read A guide to moderating comments, but this is a discussion that can vary wildly from forum to forum in terms of what the moderators are actually willing to delete.
I have noticed that some of the other exchanges are quite draconian in their deletion of comments. I appreciate their efforts to cut down on the noise and only leave intact comments which are actually constructive.
Here is an example question where I tried to flag the following comments as not constructive:
- anyone help me pls.
- anyone help me pls ??
It is really hard for me to see how anyone can justify these comments as constructive. The information in them is implicit in the presence of a question itself, namely the OP wants our help. I think they are borderline rude/offensive, but found not constructive to be a more all-encompassing flag reason.
Beyond specific examples, though, I want to know what the community thinks. Do we want to make an active effort to remove comments that add nothing, or worse, add noise? How much value does comment moderation add, and how well will it be received by those that make the ultimate decisions?