I noticed there are several questions on the main site with comments that the question isn't very good, then followed by comments of the author what he/she means. This usually goes one for a bit and then the question is edited and improved

Some examples (EDIT: most obsolete comments in the examples are now removed)

On most SE sites the policy is to remove those comments after the question is improved because they have little value. Do we want this here also? I.e. should we encourage the authors to remove the comments themselves and flag the ones that remain as 'obsolete'?

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    It does make it confusing for people reading later after the question has been improved to still have all those comments. Makes us look hypercritical. ;-)
    – Robin111
    Commented Jul 18, 2014 at 12:24
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    FWIW unless there's something compelling that comes up in this meta discussion, I'll clean up the comments on these later. I'm leaving them for now as reference for this post.
    – Hrafn
    Commented Jul 18, 2014 at 21:24
  • Yes, comment clean up (removal) is good, especially when the Q makes the comments unintelligible (because their referents are gone) Commented Jul 19, 2014 at 1:26

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I'm very pro cleaning up stale comments and have done so on a bunch of questions. The older comments–and their context–get deleted along with back-and-forth chats.

That said, I mostly only clean up such when I come across them. I normally don't actively go looking for them, so it is easy to miss them here and there.

  • Great! I just wanted to make sure before I start flagging several comments. BTW, I've added another example question and will continu to do so if I find more. That is, until you say you've cleaned the questions in the list.
    – THelper
    Commented Jul 19, 2014 at 7:46
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    Please do flag comments ^_^ I'm happy to take a look.
    – Hrafn
    Commented Jul 21, 2014 at 2:59

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