Removing old comments

Posted February 3, 2018 1.5k views
DigitalOcean ArticlesUbuntu 16.04

Hello, a little while ago I wrote a comment that was way off topic. I have severe ADHD and upon returning to this article for help reinstalling my server, I realized the major error in my comment. It was prudent that I revised the comment, or removed it and created a new one. However I had no ability to do this. I understand why this policy is in place, but also in this case it hindered the progress of information. The only solution to remove the comment I could think of was to use the “submit a bug” form to contact the site developers directly. However I am writing this to increase the likelihood of affecting change.

Possible solutions:
(1) Add a button to request the deletion of a comment a user has created. However this will cause more work for the administrators.
(2) Allow users to delete their old comments at their discretion, but also keep the inability to edit comments after an amount of time.

~Austin “lionheart” Gatling

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  • I just realized I made a subtle mistake and it would be good to have the ability to clarify this error a bit. This lead me to think of one more possible solution:
    (3) Allow editing of comments and questions, but highlight the changes made in some easily understandable way to the readers.

    The reason I went way off topic is because I have severe ADHD. Upon returning…*

    ~Austin “lionheart” Gatlin**

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We’ll pass this request on to our development team. In the mean time, one way to ask for a comment to be removed is to “report” it. Using the “other” option, you can specify a reason:

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Thanks for the feedback!