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

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 ...
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What to do about comment misuse?

Don't call it a "comment" With this feature enabled, you can't "add a comment". You can only "suggest improvements": This is only a change in wording, so the mechanics ...
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Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments?

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 ...
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Is it ok to ask for comments on downvotes?

It doesn't hurt to ask ... Many users on many SE site do ask for feedback to help understand what caused a negative reaction to a given answer or question. ... but don't be upset by a lack of ...
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What should I do if the most valuable response came in a comment rather than an answer?

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 ...
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A chart of comments per user

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&...
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Why are site comments being deleted?

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" ...
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Question "On Hold" but its already been answered, Negative votes on new user posts, And general Shin kicking

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 ...
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I have some information to add to help someone solve their issue, do I answer or comment?

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 ...
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Who should make welcoming comments?

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 ...
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Further Reading in Questions, not comments

Related links are one of the good uses of comments, and we don't delete them.
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Why is an answer being downvoted without any comments?

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 ...
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What is the best way to respond to an incorrect answer when a comment is not enough?

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 ...
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Flagging comments for deletion: flag one or all?

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 ...
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How are users supposed to suggest questions might get better answers on a different SE site?

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 ...
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Should resolved comment conversations that revolve around improving an answer be kept or deleted?

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 ...
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I was told to not correct misconceptions in the question comments, what should I do instead?

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 ...
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Are "how to handle sexism/racism/other-ism at the table" questions exceptions to the "Good Subjective" rules?

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 ...
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Why were my comments deleted?

You did nothing wrong, but the answerer didn't want to make those changes Hi, I'm the mod who deleted those comments (and others) in response to NLN flags from the post owner. We generally take those ...
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What does it mean when it says I need “50 reputation” to comment?

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 ...
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Can a new user answer to comments under their own question?

Users can always comment on their own questions and answers regardless of reputation, see the end note of this meta.SE post.
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Why are site comments being deleted?

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” ...
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Downvoting behaviour does not enable me to improve my post

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 ...
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Is there a reason for RPG.SE deleting comments especially "radical"?

In short: RPG.SE's comment curation is a citizen-facing action to avoid the divisive habits in which many RPG sites frequently indulge. In long: RPG.SE is in a sweet spot where we can enforce Stack ...
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Should answerers and querents flag comments they folded in?

Yes, and that is frequently done.
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Why were comment flags declined but comments deleted?

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 ...
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Downvoting behaviour does not enable me to improve my post

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 ...
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Why are site comments being deleted?

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 ...
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We could use some more pro-forma comments

I don't know how useful anyone else might find them, but I've been collecting Comments I Often Make in a txt file for a while and I might as well share some of 'em. You'll notice that they tend to be ...
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Question "On Hold" but its already been answered, Negative votes on new user posts, And general Shin kicking

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 ...
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