The intention and purpose of comments are clearly outlined in the FAQ to be read at the point when we gain the privilege to comment:
In any case we should be aware that comments are temporary only and may be deleted any time, e.g. for clean up.
Lengthy comment threads will not help finding an answer to a given question but will rather clutter answers to a question with more or less relevant details. Therefore it is much better to edit or suggest an edit when there are obvious errors. In case we have additional information we may consider writing an anwer.
After sucessful clarification from a comment on a post we then should delete the comment. See also:
Please do not use comments on discussions that are not related to the question or answer, as these comments will have to be deleted as off topic in any case.
To discuss matters all of us are invited to join our chat room where we can talk in both German, an English. Transcripts of the chat will not be deleted. Therefore we can search and read even old discussion in the chat transcripts. This can not be done with comments.
Note that there is no reputation limit to suggest an edit, and the privilege to talk in chat needs less reputation than posting comments. This is intentional to make comments less attractive for discussions or for improving posts.
Related further reading: