A comment can be made obsolete, for instance, by the deletion of an earlier comment on the same post.

Under the assumption that a comment on a given post (question or answer) gets flagged as obsolete and that flag gets reviewed by a moderator, I can imagine how the moderator could be unsure as to what to do (delete the comment or reject the flag) if s/he not have access to the whole history of comments on that post.

Hence my question: do moderators have access to deleted comments?

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  • Unless some community user flags useless comment, I think it's not moderators job in a look to delete comments and cleanup, this job depends on a responsible community User mostly to delete his own and flag obsolete ones. Related Should we clean up obsolete comments? – texenthusiast Nov 23 '13 at 2:11
  • @texenthusiast I wasn't suggesting that moderators should scour the site for obsolete comments. See my edit. – jub0bs Nov 23 '13 at 2:49

Yes, moderators can choose to see deleted comments and flag history (including 'handled' flags). So we can see the context of flags or later comments.

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