I was in the process of drafting a minor frame challenge in a comment, and found myself thinking 'is this an appropriate use of comments?'

I hit up the meta hoping to find some general guidance on how comments should be used, but I haven't been able to find anything.

All the guidance around comments that I've received is framed negatively:

  • Don't use comments for extended discussion
  • Don't use comments for partial answers

Is there a simple, positive framing of what comments should be used for, rather than what they should not?


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I think I've found the answer to my own question in the Help center's guidance on comments:

When should I comment?

You should submit a comment if you want to:

  • Request clarification from the author;
  • Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post;
  • Add relevant but minor or transient information to a post (e.g. a link to a related question, or an alert to the author that the question has been updated).
  • \$\begingroup\$ Does rpg.so always inherit guidance/best practice from SO, except in the case of exceptions? That's the assumption behind this answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – Lovell
    Apr 26, 2021 at 10:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ That's the built-in guidance for the comment privilege. You'll find the exact same on rpg.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment. Exactly how close each site cares about that guidance will vary (different needs and cultures etc.). RPG takes a stong preference that solutions to the problem should go in answers, not comments \$\endgroup\$
    – Someone_Evil Mod
    Apr 26, 2021 at 10:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ There are definitely some Stacks that allow more discussion within the comments. This has never been one of them. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jason_c_o
    Apr 28, 2021 at 0:20

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