I'm trying to flag a comment for removal on my answer to this question. The comment (made by Anna V) is obsolete, because I successfully managed to flag the other comments on the thread (the thread was about how to upload an image in an answer).

But I originally upvoted her comment, and now I'm unable to flag for deletion. Is this a bug or a "feature" (:P)?


Looks like it's a deficiency in the comment voting/flagging system, but it's not really worth improving. See Allow flagging a comment after upvoting it

You have three courses of action:

  • Unupvote the comment (note that you can't reupvote if you do this). You can only unupvote if you've recently upvoted the comment
  • Flag the post with a custom flag asking for comment deletion.
  • Complain on meta about the comment being unflaggable ;-)

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  • $\begingroup$ I wasn't aware that I couldn't unupvote it... when I put my cursor over it, there wasn't an ability to click on anything. I initially wanted to put a custom flag asking to delete all the comments, but mucked that up as well. :P Thanks for removing it! $\endgroup$ – Kitchi Dec 28 '12 at 15:55
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    $\begingroup$ Hi Manish. One more thing you forgot - Upvoting a comment also has a timelock stuff associated with it (1 or 2 mins - I thinks so). We can't unupvote after a certain time :-) $\endgroup$ – Waffle's Crazy Peanut Dec 28 '12 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ @CrazyBuddy: Ah, that makes sense. Looks like even I can't flag/unupvote old comments -- and generally timed restrictions don't apply to mods. I'll edit the post $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Dec 28 '12 at 16:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Crazy Don't worry, I was pretty awed when I first learned of it as well :). Most of these powers make sense though--we're supposed to be able to edit any comment anytime, so no point selectively blocking us from editing our own. Ditto for chat. $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Dec 28 '12 at 16:25

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