Ironically, in light of my last Meta post, this question is really only directed to the moderators.
If I had a discussion with someone in comments to a post, and now I determine that those comments are "no longer necessary" and I am going to flag them as such, is it easier for the moderators if I delete my own comments or if I leave them?
Obviously deleting them myself saves them the work. But often my comments are the only indication that the discussion is no longer necessary. That is to say that if someone asks me a question in the comments, and I respond in the comments, my response is what indicates that the question was acknowledged (and perhaps dealt with if that was what was needed). If I delete my comments then it just looks like the other person's comments are left unaddressed, and are therefore perhaps "still necessary".
I know that moderators can access deleted comments, but my question is whether it is easy enough to access them that it doesn't cause any issues if I delete them, or whether leaving my comments will help them see why the discussion is "no longer necessary".
Additionally, by leaving my own comments, it is perhaps implied that only the other person's comments are no longer necessary, while my comments are still necessary, which is no the case. (I understand that moderators don't necessarily know who flagged a comment.)
So in short, I am asking the moderators to share what would be most helpful to them vis-a-vis users deleting their own obsolete comments.