On the question Is the Golden Gate Bridge toll fee indicated before entering the bridge?, I flagged the comment (mirror) as irrelevant:

As I approached the London congestion zone (which I was warned about) the satnav showed a right-turn coming up, to avoid the charging zone. But when I got there the street signs indicated "no right turn" and I was stuffed. Who do I complain to? TfL, TomTom or my mother? None: I took it on the chin and paid the fee. You were lucky to get an invoice for the regular fee of $8 - here it would be a penalty if I didn't pay (online or by phone) by the next evening.

My flag got declined. I don't see how this comment adds anything to the question "Is the Golden Gate Bridge toll fee indicated before entering the bridge?". Did I miss something?


The rule of thumb I follow as a mod is as following:

  1. Rude or abusive comments get deleted immediately
  2. Comment threads over 10 comments are moved to chat after a couple of days
  3. If there's less than 10 comments on a given post, it's okay if some of them are off-topic

Comments are second class citizens on StackExchange, so they can be deleted at any time and therefore their quality is generally of little concern to us.

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    Thanks. I don't think that one should wait to reach 10 comments to start removing irrelevant comments. Comments may be second class citizens on StackExchange, but bad comments give a poor experience to the readers + may affect the quality of the subsequent content posted by other users: therefore the quality of comments does matter. – Franck Dernoncourt Jul 22 '18 at 21:57
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    I don't think this is a good rule of thumb at all. We're not a discussion site. Irrelevant comments just get in the way and this comment should, if anything, have been a question in its own right. – David Richerby Jul 31 '18 at 16:17
  • @DavidRicherby StackExchange rules don't require mods to be ultra strict about comments, hence I'm not ultra strict about them. You can take up the question to Meta.Stackexchange for a broader discussion. – JonathanReez Jul 31 '18 at 16:25
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    I think there's a big difference between "not required to be ultra-strict" and "not even deleting completely irrelevant comments that have been flagged and sparked off an irrelevant discussion." – David Richerby Jul 31 '18 at 16:26
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    @DavidRicherby last week we've deleted around 400 comments on the site, that's far from "not even deleting". However deleting a singular "thank you!" comment from 2015 or a somewhat relevant anecdote in a short thread is not a priority. – JonathanReez Jul 31 '18 at 16:36
  • I don't think there's an imperative that every comment that could be deleted is deleted. Sometimes people share a related but not 100% useful anecdote in a comment, and some of those are more interesting than others. – Zach Lipton Aug 3 '18 at 9:45

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