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Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments?

There are situations, when you know SOMETHING that is related to the question but its insubstantial to be a proper answer, in example lets imagine a question: In which edition of game X dwarves are ...
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Why are site comments being deleted?

Some site users have noticed old comments being deleted. This is correct - site comments are meant to be a mostly temporary means of improving questions and answers. Here's an explanation of the ...
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Comments explaining downvotes being deleted

When you downvote a post, a popup appears urging you to explain in a comment why you downvoted. Now this happened: Wow, can I ask the reason of the downvotes? – Vereos 46 mins ago I downvoted, ...
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Could we have a shortcut "magic link" to the "Good Subjective, Bad Subjective" blog post?

Mainly, just like we map [help] and [tour], I'd love to be able to map [gsbs] to the Stack Overflow blog post "Good Subjective, Bad Subjective" (http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/09/good-subjective-...
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Can we re-evaluate our comment deletion policy? (or at least have access to the data?)

Over the past several weeks, moderator comment deletion has been regular and heavy handed. I'm generally good with this (I'm on record as saying I'm far more likely to delete an entire comment stream ...
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Moderation-related comments seem friendlier recently!

(This is related to one of my previous posts on moderation, but I didn't think it would be appropriate to add another answer there.) Recently I've noticed that when comments are deleted, questions (...
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Can we require comments on downvotes?

Perhaps I'm the only one noticing this, but I've seen several Questions and Answers around here that have been downvoted for no apparent reason. What's worse, is that no reason for the downvote is ...
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Why is an answer being downvoted without any comments?

An answer has multiple downvotes but nobody has left a comment explaining what's wrong with the answer or why they downvoted. Why hasn't anyone explained their downvote? Return to FAQ Index
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Pre-made comments: A resource-gathering & workshopping thread

Pre-made comments are awesome. They're also super powerful tools. Let's workshop some new ones and improve the old ones! You've probably seen pre-made comments[i] used across the site by moderators, ...
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I have some information to add to help someone solve their issue, do I answer or comment?

So, this has happened to me multiple times now, and to be honest it's getting frustrating as a casual user of this particular SE (especially since the judgements seem less cut-and-dried than other SE'...
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I was told to not correct misconceptions in the question comments, what should I do instead?

Sometimes, the asker includes misconceptions in their question. The most recent example is here, where OP assumes the Barbarian resistances from rage only work for non-magical effects. In these ...
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We could use some more pro-forma comments

I'd like to brainstorm some possibilities for the modal comment-interventions that we tend to do: Welcome to the site, but your question needs work because reasons Welcome to the site, but your ...
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Flagging comments for deletion: flag one or all?

This may be a bit of a small issue but I was wondering if there's any guidance on whether one should flag all comments in a thread for deletion if they're no longer helpful (or never were to begin ...
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What should I do if the most valuable response came in a comment rather than an answer?

Yesterday I asked a question, and while I received some really solid answers, I found the most helpful response to come from a comment. I have already urged the commenter to boil down the essence of ...
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Is it ok to ask for comments on downvotes?

Whenever I post an answer I immediately get downvotes. This always puzzled me as there never seems to be a reason for it. I tried posting a comment asking if downvoters could please leave a comment ...
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Who should make welcoming comments?

When a new user posts their first question, there is often a need to clarify certain aspects of how this site works. This is usually done by a friendly comment starting with "Welcome to the site" or ...
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Should answerers and querents flag comments they folded in?

According to the consensus over on Why are site comments being deleted?, comments that have been folded in to a question or answer are eligible to be deleted because they are Obsolete. This helps to ...
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The new comment flags seem like they fail to track some info we used to be able to track

So, we used to have 'too chatty', 'not constructive', and 'obsolete' as separate flag options, which moderation could use to see, for example, if someone was posting lots of unconstructive comments ...
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What is expected/customary procedure for crediting info from comments?

Is there a generally accepted procedure for crediting info that someone suggests in the comments of my answer. Should I write something like "@coolrpg points out..." and then the info that user ...
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Eek! A troll in the Stack! What do I do?

I've seen a strange question and it's accumulating poor responses from its owner. Stuff like this is happening to me or someone else: left a comment asking for a clarification, and got a response ...
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How are users supposed to suggest questions might get better answers on a different SE site?

Today someone asked a question that, at its heart, is an interpersonal behavior/advice question. Seeing this while browsing the questions list, I stopped by and made the comment (to the best of my ...
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What to do about comment misuse?

In the recent community checkin post How is the community doing? [2018], the two most highly voted complaints (at the time of this writing) are about comment misuse - namely: Answering in comments (...
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Why were comment flags declined but comments deleted?

I'm not sure if this is too specific a question for meta, but I figured if it happened to me and I was confused it may be helpful to others to understand. Yesterday, I flagged a bunch of comments on ...
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How to make the community's Nice Actions more visible?

Recently, meta (and the main site to a lesser extent) became a mess with a lot of critics blurting out from every side and people accusing each other of bad things and a lot of other bad stuff. This ...
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Why were my comments deleted?

I recently commented on this answer. I wanted to share how I think the answer can be improved, but I evidently did something wrong. Since there is no deletion notice, I have to ask here: What did I do ...
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How persistent are "continue this discussion in chat" rooms?

Occasionally a colloquy on a post will prompt a commenter to move the discussion to chat, as recently happened to me. The chat room thereby created: is it persistent, or does it expire after some time?...
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Community♦ shouldn't be asking people to show "working code" on RPG.SE

I've just discovered a comment from the Community bot under an answer that says the following: Please add further details to expand on your answer, such as working code or documentation citations. – ...
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Could we have a [tour] short link in comments?

In comments, [help] expands to the text help center (with a link), [chat] expands to the text Role-playing Games Chat (with a ...
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What happened to get this mod notice placed on my question about the Bête?

I had asked a totally valid question with The Bête and LGBT-Questions, and after a short explanation why this was asked without an edition (because there is soo little on the topic) and a comment ...
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How much of an answer/suggestion should be in comments to questions? [duplicate]

Here's a scenario: New user asks question ignorant of the site's format. While some are commenting on their question and their question is/is not getting closed, others "answer" in the comments to ...
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When someone updates their post with my comment, should I remove my comment?

Related: How are comments removed when they are no longer relevant? Should I remove my own comments or flag them as obsolete if my suggestion or advise is absorbed into the post on which I commented?
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Deleting comments that add context

I'd suggest its bad form to delete comments that add context to an answer -- edit that information into the answer first! (Obviously preferable for the person leaving the comment to use the edit ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

I added a comment to this question explaining what I thought it needed in order to get the question reopened. As far as I am concerned, my comment was no different to the countless comments I and ...
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Question "On Hold" but its already been answered, Negative votes on new user posts, And general Shin kicking

Now this is a small rant of mine but since I'm a new user I'm guaranteed to get maybe -1 or -2 on this post but here I go. now this is related to New User Experience: Why allow downvotes (esp. below ...
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How can the policy regarding discussions in comments be improved?

As is the nature of role playing games, the rules are very often incomplete and open to interpretation. This can often spawn differences of opinion on answers and lead to lengthly comments over ...
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Downvoting behaviour does not enable me to improve my post

This is not about venting about the downvotes on my post. Let's agree that my post does contain mistakes and that my comments down the road were driven by frustration. I'd like to share why I was ...
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What does it mean when it says I need “50 reputation” to comment?

I want to add a comment on a question about disability in RPGs and it won't let me without "50 reputation". What is that?
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When should I comment?

I am looking for an expanded and explained explanation of when I should and should not comment. I keep being told to stop posting inappropriate comments, and being pointed to explanations of what is ...
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When making welcoming comments, should I include my own opinion on close reasons?

When making a welcoming comment, one usually also points out anything that might need to be fixed in the question, the most common of which being a missing system tag. Most of the time I am confident ...
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A chart of comments per user

On the RPG Data Explorer ... I've made a query of the number of comments per user. The results, especially done as a ratio of comments over posts is fascinating. At this point, I will simply ...
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What's with the policy on deleting answer comments on on-hold questions?

I understand that the policy is not to allow any answers whatsoever in the comments, but there is a bit of a weird situation when it comes to [on hold] questions. Lately I've been encountering a lot ...
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I have a partial answer or useful response to a question, but I cannot create a full answer out of it. What should I do? [duplicate]

Suppose I'm reading a question. It's interesting, I want to help, and I can immediately think of one or two insights that would be useful in constructing or improving a good answer to that question. ...
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When is a comment not a comment?

In the help, valid comments are referred to thusly: Use comments to ask for more information or clarify a question or answer. So, that I get... when the question/answer isn't clear, you ask to get ...
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Definition of a valid comment

I'm noticing that my comments are getting deleted, and I'm wondering what the feel is here for that. According to this, it seems as though the purpose for comments is for asking follow-up questions ...
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Dealing with More Comments After Movements to Chat as a User

This isn't a huge issue, (and may be a duplicate, but I didn't see another like it), but on a recent question there was quite a bit of discussion on a pair of answers which was ultimately moved to ...
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What is the user policy for up-voting on comments, incorporating the advice of the comment, and then flagging the comment as no longer needed?

While answering questions I frequently receive comments, a fraction of these are helpful and offer advice that I incorporate into my answers. Do I up-vote these comments and then flag them for ...
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Deleted comment that is still relevant

I posted a comment on this answer which was the reason I didn't see that answer as correct. The comment was then deleted when a mod cleaned up the comments on that answer, but the answer hasn't ...
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I'd like to see the deleted comments from my question in one form or another

I asked this question and received a few useful comments over night. I managed to quickly check them shortly after waking up in the morning, but intended on really diving into them that evening and ...
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Does Editing a Comment with a Ping in it Re-Ping the Mentioned User?

Specifics are not important for so general a question, but I was responding to a comment from another user under one of my answers and realized that I didn't know. This user seemed upset with my ...
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Are "how to handle sexism/racism/other-ism at the table" questions exceptions to the "Good Subjective" rules?

Not trying to ruffle feathers, I am genuinely curious. Usually when subjective answers are provided, a comment is posted to remind answerers of the "Good Subjective" rules. Some questions, however, ...