Comments on small typos in posts are definitely helpful, and when the typos are few enough, it's not possible to suggest a direct edit. After being fixed by the original poster or a moderator, however, these comments are nothing but noise.

I suggest that we remove such comments. Are there other opinions?

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From my post on meta.stackoverflow.com:

Should moderators delete “make correction… done” comments?

These types of comment discussions are pretty common:

  • @AuthorX: In your post, I think you meant "you're", not "your". - user1234 35 mins ago
  • Oh, thanks. It's fixed now. - AuthorX 30 minutes ago

Once resolved, those comments are useless and noise.

As a user, I was always wary about deleting my own part in those conversations because it would leave the other user's comment looking orphaned or silly. But as a moderator, I have delete-access to both ends of the conversation.

Do you think users will take offense if these no-longer-relevant comment threads are summarily deleted as a matter of general policy?

While there was no official "policy" established, it has been well-established that that these types of comment-removals are perfectly legitimate (and even beneficial).

  • Thanks, I missed that post. I won't hesitate the next time.
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 24, 2011 at 20:38

I definitely agree. In my opinion, if you as a moderator are 100% sure that the comments are obsolete and not helpful anymore, just go ahead and delete them. Here's an example where I thought it might be helpful to leave my comment at least for some time, since it's not about a simple typo: Wann verwendet man „zu“ mit dem Infinitiv?

Personally, when I leave a comment indicating minor typos, I delete the comment myself as soon as the typos are fixed. Sometimes the author of the post leaves some "Thanks, done" type comment; then I also ask the author to remove that comment, and after the removal of the authors comment I remove my follow-up comment. (Yes, that's a bit messy.)

  • Actually, it was your cleaning upp your own comments that prompted this post. I just didn't want to go around deleting others' comments without a meta post to point to.
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 24, 2011 at 16:24
  • Regarding the example that you linked to, I think that it still adds value to the post. (As opposed to my following thankyou-comment :))
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 24, 2011 at 16:25

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