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You should not answer in comments. Not partial answers, not full answers. Not "leads on" an answer. Not "I would answer but I'm tired/just woke up/am drunk so I'll just say this..." Not answers that you think aren’t good enough to post as answers. Not little helpful tips, not helpful suggestions, not useful anecdotes. These will be deleted. Answer in ...


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Don't call it a "comment" On some site(s), you can't "add a comment". You can only "suggest improvements": This is only a change in wording, so the mechanics of it aren't any different (e.g. it still requires 50 rep). The real change is psychological. The change in wording has been very successful on Area51. It was also tested on a real Q & A site,...


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I'll step in and provide some background here -- the reason why you see things that resemble "partial answers" in other Stacks is because troubleshooting is an iterative process. "Try turning it off and on again" is not an answer -- yet it may not be possible for anyone to answer the question well without the querent being guided through troubleshooting ...


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I don't think comment metrics mean that much. Commenting lots doesn't necessarily mean you're ruining the site. Commenting a little doesn't necessarily mean you're not misusing the comments. I put B&CG SE into the comment-counter and the numbers didn't seem that different from RPG SE's, yet that site really doesn't have a comment problem. So, more so ...


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However, I'd feel like a punk if I'd take the linked article, write the answer myself and then accept my own answer to my question. Do it. It'll be beneficial in every which way. If you want them to write it themselves, give them a day or two to have a chance of doing so. But if they refuse or show no signs of doing so, go ahead and create an answer based ...


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I'm going to add a second answer that gets to the real problem you have. You think your problem is that everyone's being mean and closing your question. The real problem is that your question is incoherent and not able to be answered. I agree that at its heart your question is a "type 2" charop question, so it has the capacity to be valid. If your ...


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The 5 minute window is a pain - but note that the deletion limit is much longer. The propensity of mxyzplk to delete comments on the basis of simply being "too forum like" in the absence of actual complaint... it's bad form. Many times, comments clarify what's in the answer, and should be incorporated. In others, they are tangential information. ...


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You should welcome new users! Going from lurker to user is an enormous risk that the community should recognize. It's easy to overlook that someone has taken that risk and, instead, focus on what the user's done wrong in the question or answer. So, if a user hasn't already been welcomed to the site, welcome that new user before jumping in to critique the ...


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You may have met a troll (intentional or not). Don't worry, the Stack's got you covered. This is actually really easy: you do nothing. Nothing different to normal, that is. All the habits you've developed interacting with good-faith users are going to fix this problem, too. If someone's truly acting in bad faith, keeping to your usual behaviour will make ...


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There's two expectations going on you're running into: If you're attempting to partially or completely solve the problem, exclusively do that in an answer. from Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments? If you're writing an answer, try your best to directly and comprehensively address the problem in the question. We will judge ...


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Related links are one of the good uses of comments, and we don't delete them.


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It comes down to that we're having some problems with IPS.SE users undermining the domain expertise of RPG.SE, and dissuading users from asking interpersonal questions here. I removed your initial comments because they looked like an extension of the same pattern. I also then cleaned up that comment thread because it's not the kind of thing I'm interested in ...


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Please delete your obsolete comments Comments were added as a site feature to enable temporary communication with the post author, for exactly that kind of use. Emphasis on temporary: Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. The temporary nature is deliberate, which is why people can delete their parts of the conversation: ...


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Downvote it. Leave a concise comment. If I can, write a better answer. Downvote because I find the answer unhelpful: this gives the writer a signal that there's something wrong, and more importantly it helps the site sort answers by quality so future readers can tell the answer's got something fishy going on. Leave a comment saying "I think X is wrong" ...


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Now that I've served as an elected mod and seen the tools... Flag them all. This post is all about moderators' workflow, so I'm going to get a little into the weeds, here: When you cast a flag (on anything) it increments an easy-to-see counter on our topbar, the same way you used to see a count on a red background indicating items in the Review Queues. ...


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These questions are still subject to Good Subjective. Basically all questions and answers are either Objective or Subjective or a mix of both. And all Subjective stuff is expected to be Good Subjective, or else it's... you know... not good. All of that is true all the time for all questions and answers no matter what comments have or haven't been posted. ...


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In the interests of visibility, I'll say I'm (part of) the reason comments are being deleted. In my year on the site I've flagged comments ~230 times for deletion. I'd estimate based on my "helpful" rate and the number of times I'm flagging as "obsolete along with successors", that I've probably triggered the deletion of over 500 comments. Often the mods ...


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Reputation is the site's “fake Internet points” system. It is earned by contributing to the site in positive ways, which are primarily asking good questions and writing good answers about roleplaying games (as defined in our FAQ). Earning reputation unlocks site usage privileges when you have certain amounts. The ability to write comments on other people's ...


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If someone hasn't explained their downvote, chances are there's nothing much helpful they can say, or their comment would be the kind that historically causes problems. Or, they just haven't gotten around to it yet. We do leave comments when we can suggest an improvement, provide constructive criticism, or when we can ask for clarification. (Those are in ...


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Correct the misconception(s) in the answers Unless the misconception makes the question unclear about what the asker is actually asking, usually these questions can be answered. If the misconception is clear, but a fundamental/core problem in the question, an answer substantially dedicated to clarifying that misconception should be fine - then proceed to ...


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Correct, you should not use comments for answers. Doing so robs the questioner of the opportunity to learn how to use the site constructively and robs all other users of a good answer (more than 600 characters worth at least) to a coherent question. Flag these comments as "not constructive" and they will be deleted.


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I haven't seen this until now, so this is an opinion coming from fresh eyes. There is a difference in voting patterns on this site compared to something like Stack Overflow. It takes some getting used to. In your case, what happened is this: but I have never seen people actually play D&D at that level. How much fun would a game be where an enemy ...


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Yes, and that is frequently done.


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That was me. Sorry about the mix-up. When I received your flags I looked over the situation. I thought it was still a developing situation, which means the comments would need to stay. I dismissed the flags. (The only option we get for comment flags is to delete the comments or dismiss the flag — there is no “mark helpful but do nothing”.) ... Then I ...


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Sorry for the very late answer, but this is trending topic recently on rpg.SE, and one that has been bothering me recently. I agree that a lot of comments should be deleted. While I don't mind reading interesting comments or good jokes, I understand they are not really appropriate on SE. On the other hand, the ongoing "comment hunt" is disturbing. I ...


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The problem with your post wasn't the details. I downvoted it not for those, but because bulk of the answer was an editorial on why playing up to or past L20 was untenable. That wasn't in scope for the question, and it wasn't necessary to a proper answer. But more importantly, the reasoning given was largely hearsay. "Level 20 is a kind of optimizer-min-...


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First thing, I have to say right off that none of these things are under our power to change. The software is designed that way, and RPG.se doesn't have control over the software. I will attempt to explain why they work the way they do, though. So there will be no answer that is put into use, because RPG.se can't change the things you've brought up. (The ...


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Flag Inappropriate Comments From How do comments work? on Meta.SE: Who can delete comments? A user may delete one of their own comments at any time by clicking on the (x) icon that appears to the right of the comment's timestamp when the comment is moused over. Comments that are flagged by multiple users are deleted automatically. The number of ...


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Phrase it as a request and/or suggestion Another mod handled that comment, but I took a look at it: Good perspective! Maybe the friends aren't being malicious but capricious. Honestly, it looks like a common type that the comment privilege Help page discourages — an “I agree” comment. It wouldn’t occur to me to read that as looking for confirmation of ...


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A tidy site is safer from trolls Another, way less obvious reason to ruthlessly remove comments used for anything other than managing Q&A posts: innocent but chatty comments would provide “weeds” that give cover for trolls and other bad actors to better blend in with our good users. By contrast, removing everything that's not focused on improving Q&...


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