In the following question:

In Ticket to Ride USA, does obtaining longest continuous path of routes highly correlate with winning?

I got a few comments on my question, the first of which was 2/3 of a great answer from thesunneversets. The rest of the comments were in response to this 2/3 of an answer, with a request from Pat Ludwig to move it to the answer section. Then sunneversets did expand the answer and move it to the answer section.

It's a great answer but now the comments on the question are distracting and irrelevant IMO, adding nothing to someone reading this Q/A for the first time. Is it appropriate to delete all the comments, leaving nothing but a nice clean Q/A?

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Yes, and this is something that moderators can and often do. It's usually considered polite though to leave recent conversations around for a little while before taking actions like this - it allows any further conversation to conclude naturally, and the discussion itself is often helpful for other users, to provide information on community norms. It's also less jarring when you return to a question and you know it looks different, but you can't see why (comment deletions don't appear in the history).

I think that particular discussion has some value as it points out that the comment was acceptable as an (expanded) answer. Personally, I'd give it a week or so before cleaning it up, since your question is still relatively active.

You can always flag a post containing a comment conversation you think is no longer necessary, and we'll take a look.

Relevant meta discussions:

  • Your (clear and helpful) answer is not in the Board and Card Games FAQ. Perhaps adding a section to the FAQ describing the purpose, best use of, and deletion timing of comments would be appropriate?
    – Joe Golton
    Jan 8, 2012 at 15:42
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    @JoeGolton - This is a general issue, affecting all sites, but the FAQ, even on StackOverflow, is not complete. Instead, meta has been used to build the detailed FAQ for all SE sites. I see that a new proposed FAQ question on MSO covers the purpose of comments quite well: What is an acceptable answer? I think pointing users here and at that link is a good solution for now. Jan 11, 2012 at 20:44

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