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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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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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There's no formal (or informal) policy, but it's usually nice to do As the header mentions, there's no real policy around this. When someone suggests a change in the comments, the answerer sometimes edits their answer per the suggestion. Some people credit the user who suggested the change; some people don't. I don't think there's really any policy or even ...


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Intentions aside, the comment does not actually read as a request for clarification. Here's the comment: So you don't think Vanessa's behavior is at all wrong or problematic (since you didn't mention it at all here), and the blame lies 100% with the OP? Or, for that matter, with the DM? – TylerH 2 hours ago This isn't actually requesting the author ...


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Short discussions that are working to improve a post aren't a problem Clarifications can be further clarified (or corrected) in comments as long as it is directly working towards that. If it diviates from that goal (such as discussing a related topic, consequences of a result in the answer) those comments shouldn't be posted. If the discussion becomes ...


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Your answers were not being downvoted because they were taboo or too diverse. Answers are going to be downvoted (and in extreme cases, removed) whether they are diverse or not, when they are poor quality, as they were here. First: Beast Companions The first was downvoted, with near certainty, because it failed the "Good Subjective, Bad Subjective" test. ...


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Rooms will exist indefinitely, so long as there is at least one person actively talking in the room. A room is considered worth retaining if it has more than 15 messages by at least 2 users. (/faq#retention) The chat you linked accumulated thirteen messages from five users on 5 February and then got deleted 8 days later on 13 Feb. Users with sufficient ...


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We delete them for tidiness. From the comment privileges, comments are “temporary post-it notes”. They don't get archived long-term and are not intended as a form of documentation. They can and will go away. The exceptions are few, and are mostly “Related:” link comments, or otherwise heavily upvoted comments that aren't of the actionable variety. When ...


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Users being able to see deleted comments has been discussed a few times on the main Meta Stack Exchange, such as: Allow users to see deleted comments on their own posts status-declined Why moderators can see deleted comments while the owner cannot? Could 30k+ users be allowed to see deleted comments, please? (highly polarised votes, no status) You see the ...


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I asked an extremely similar question nearly 5 years ago, shortly after I joined the site, and, since then, I've adopted a couple of behaviors: As comments are both ephemeral and nearly the only form of constructive criticism an answer or question can receive, when a comment has a decisive impact on an answer or question, I'll credit the comment's writer ...


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Once comments are actioned they should be removed. Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes and we don't keep them around longer than we need them. If a comment requesting clarification or suggesting improvement has been actioned, flag it as No Longer Needed. If you left the comment and it's been actioned, delete it yourself. There's no need to upvote the ...


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Normally, you would make it a minimally complete answer. But if we take the question at face value and you literally cannot expand it to a minimally complete answer… There is only one place to put answers, which is in an Answer Post. If one feels that their answer would get a poor reception there, regardless of the reason, that's still the only place to ...


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You have a few options The stack has two main methods for communicating suggestions for improvement; commenting and editing. When and how to use these tools is a skill that improves with practice but I'll try to give you a quick overview. You also have the option of posting your own answer. Commenting Comments are the main method for providing feedback on ...


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Comments should be deleted (or flagged for deletion) only when they are no longer relevant. Once requests for clarification or correction are addressed by the post author, by incorporating or rejecting them, those comments often become obsolete. However, comments are a multi-axis thing. Upvotes count. If there is a comment with a needed clarification or ...


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Other answers do a good job of addressing what the user was trying to convey with their comment on your answer #1 and what you can do to improve that answer to address that critique and to meet the current community standards of this site. Let me then comment about your answer #2 and why it was removed. Let's make one thing perfectly clear up front: it ...


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I cannot see the second, however judging from the response I believe it is probably along the same lines as the first. The comment you refer to is not passive aggressive, it is a statement of policy, nothing more. Subjective answers are intended to be backed up by experience, as in "I had this situation, this is how I handled it or it was handled in our ...


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You put in the additional work so that you can create a full answer out of it! You mention that you "...can immediately think of one or two insights that would be useful in constructing or improving a good answer..." and that is awesome, it indicates to me that you are knowledgeable about the subject and hence likely know where to find more information ...


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You’re using “frame challenge” to mean something different than what normally gets called a “frame challenge” here. Let’s get our terms on the same page first. The usual meaning of “frame challenge” is just a shorthand for “an answer that first challenges the accuracy of how the question has framed the problem, then answers the question by reframing the ...


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Please don't view this as a case of "targeting" - because it isn't One of our long time members with substantial rep (> 11k rep) raised a similar question recently in this meta question. The response there may help you see how we are experiencing an increased activity in community moderation specifically on questions that are classified as "good subjective/...


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Delete - tidying up is good! As the deleter in question, I generally approach comments (which I often use) as a means of communication for Q&A improvement. Once it's been determined that a change will or won't be made, I generally delete my part to help keep it all clean. Posting a comment asking for the other party(ies) to do so as well seems ...


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Diverse answers are not being targeted Even though every other answer here covers this as well, as one of the 'high-rep users' who has downvoted those answers and voted to delete the religious one I wanted to respond directly. I want to clearly state that I am not targeting you or your answers. However, I do downvote answers that I don't think are ...


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In general, comments expressing appreciation/praise for an answer don't need to be cleaned up in the way that the following types of comments do: asking clarifying questions (that have been answered) suggesting improvements to the answer (and having those suggestions either accepted or rejected by the answerer) disagreeing with the answerer (and having the ...


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We delete comments that start arguments. When a comment can be read both ways — as a fair question, or as rhetorical fighting words — we delete because those regularly end up as fights instead of improvement to the post, no matter what was intended. Even when (we don’t get to it and) the author handles the charged comment smoothly and it results in ...


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Comments aren't a changelog Comments can be a helpful mechanic for suggesting additions or having a short dialog over improving an answer or question, but the comments themselves are only of value/utility insofar as they work towards that goal. Even comments that are attempting to improve the quality of an answer or question are themselves not something you ...


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I agree with existing answers saying either to get a complete answer together, or walk away; that is generally what your options are. To be more general, basically, a partial answer can’t just be put anywhere—there is always more work to be done to get things in a state where that information can be posted. Here are a couple more ways you can work to make a ...


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There is no regular way to do that, sorry. Once you have 10k reputation you'll be able to see deleted posts and this won't be an issue, but before then you won't be able to see replies like this. However, poking into your comment history, the comment you were notified about was bringing to your attention our policy of not answering in comments: Should ...


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Frame challenges are generally about solving problems which is not the job of a comment I'm not going to say that frame challenges can never be part of a valid comment, but the form of a frame challenge isn't generally something that is useful for a comment. A frame challenge is where an author answers a question in a wholly different way the querent ...


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Comments should be deleted (or flagged for deletion) only when they are no longer relevant. There is no specific timeline for that. Here are a few examples of applying that principle: If the comment asked for clarification and it was given, then it should be removed. If it asks for clarification and the issue still exists, it should not. Sometimes there is ...


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Deleted - once their helpful effect has been applied As I said here, questions and answers are content, comments are noise (in the long run) The longer term goal of the SE model of web sites is to have a library of expert answers to good, well scoped, well presented questions. The comments are a tool to enable that, but they are not content in and of ...


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Answers are content, comments are noise (in the long run) Granted, in the process of getting a question or answer the comments are (in the ideal case) helpful in improving the content. Once the content is brought up to scratch, the comments should (in theory) go to the four winds so that all that is left is content. High quality content, low noise ...


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