In this question, I get a good reaction why the answer is not good, so I want to delete it. However, the persons who made the comments spend some time on it; should I immediately remove the answer or should I let them know to remove it? It feels bad to remove an answer including their comments 'immediately'.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Funnily enough, I was about to open a Meta question on this particular question too! Specifically on the use of the voting and commenting. As I had received negative words from one user about the way I had reacted tot he answer. As this is meta, is seems like a place to get your opinion of it! In my eyes, I downvoted the answer for the reason of it not being relevant to that particular question. I did acknowledge that it was good for other things though. I left a comment which explained my reasoning and thinking, so that the answer could be improved. You edited your answer..... \$\endgroup\$
    – MCG
    Mar 18, 2019 at 8:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ .....and I removed my downvote. I believe I went the right way about it, but apparently someone disagreed. I did acknowledge the good points of the answer, I gave my reasons for the downvote, and removed it once those reasons were addressed. In my opinion, the answer improved because of it. Because of that, in my opinion what I did was actually help rather than just being negative as someone seemed to think. I don't like downvoting things and leaving without saying why, and I would hope you appreciated the way I did things. Feel free to let me know your opinion on it! \$\endgroup\$
    – MCG
    Mar 18, 2019 at 8:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MCG Thanks for the comments. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 18, 2019 at 9:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KevinKruse Yes, you are right, I updated the question. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 18, 2019 at 12:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ The general stance on SE is that comments are not particularly important or valuable. Questions and answers are. \$\endgroup\$
    – Lundin
    Mar 19, 2019 at 14:25

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The entire purpose of comments is to induce the poster to modify a post (question or answer). You have two options — either make modifications or don't. Modification could also mean deleting.

Don't worry about the comments. Comments that become irrelevant after modification will probably get deleted.


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