Comments are ephemeral by nature, and a lot of them get deleted everyday on different sites. (See this)
I stumble upon old questions sometimes, which contain some comments, naturally. I know I can easily flag Martin's welcome comment as obsolete, or "thanks" comments as too chatty, but what should I do to ones that contain useful content?
- Edit them into the post they're under, which seems to be the recourse SE prefers. But how should I format them?
- Leave them be, which I would normally do, but that would negate why I'm asking this. Let me explain below.
- Flag them for deletion, without any other action which is an option I don't like. These comments are really useful.
I ask this because at times there are "Y U DELETE MY COMMENTZ MODERATORZ" meta posts with different levels of ranting built in, and the ultimate response is that comments tend to not matter and are delete-able. If there was any info worth preserving, it should've been edited in the question.
Thus, the first option is what I prefer, because it preserves content. I'm, however, at a loss on how to proceed since I don't know our stance on this and how exactly useful comments should be edited in the post.
What do y'all think? Of course, I won't flood the "Active" tab with numerous edits, and I recommend users against doing so.