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How to notify more than one person in a comment?

How to notify more than one person in a comment? It would be really handy if we could notify more than one person in a comment. Many times it is needed that 2 or 3 persons be named but, as that is not ...
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Was it incorrect or too soon to advise the OP that they could accept their own answer?

DISCLAIMER: This post is merely seeking others' opinions (and whether I was indeed wrong). I am not out to get anyone. Hello, fellow linguists. I come here with a slight dilemma pertaining to a ...
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Why doesn't the reputation increase for upvotes on comments?

Comments add a lot of value to the questions being asked or even to the answers. For example, comments can point out mistakes in the question or give deep insights about the topics concerned! Is there ...
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Auto review comments can save you time

There is an extension available for Google Chrome called AutoReviewComments, which can save you time if you frequent the review queues, or guide new users with your comments, and I've been using it ...
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Very shouty moderation messages

In the question How do Americans refer to their non-metric system in everyday circumstances? , a moderator has posted under the question, and under the top five answers the following message: ...
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Are there any topics that are off limits in answers/comments?

I've noticed lately that a lot of people are taking every opportunity they have to take a negative topic and reference the newest US President, Donald Trump. Not that I'm trying to get people to stop ...
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Should I double up on an LQP review comment?

When reviewing Low-Quality Posts on EL&U I often find that someone has previously reviewed it and posted the relevant comment 'from Review'. When I come to recommending deletion, should I re-post ...
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I'd like to know why only my comment was deleted when there were only five comments

There were only five comments to my answer below. Request for undeletion and reopening of a question on the main site I would like to know why only my comment to @J.R. was deleted. It was neither ...
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Converting comment to answer: when to delete the original comment?

After promoting / converting one's own comments to an answer, should one delete or leave the original comments? Option 1: Avoid redundancy by deleting my comments that are now in an Answer. Option 2: ...
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What happens when a not-nice flag on a comment is accepted?

Suppose User A gets carried away and writes a comment that is not in keeping with the "Be nice" mantra. Suppose User B flags it and the flag is deemed "helpful." User B can see a record of that by ...
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Why are so many questions answered in comments? [duplicate]

Each time I visit this site, I often see that a question has no good answer in the answer section, but actually several good candindates for answer in the comments on the question. Why are people ...
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Who is this guy, anyway?

Please consult the question Is there a single word for people who inhabit rural areas? Scroll down to an answer provided by me (deleted; requires 10k). The comment by @tchrist immediately following ...
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Is it unethical for a user who has answered a question to post a negative comment on somebody else's answer?

I've seen this a few times during the past few years. Most of the times they were only subtly derogatory comments, but on rare occasions openly bellitling. Whether the comments were well-deserved or ...
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Are answers that only cite personal experience acceptable for questions about dialects?

In general, answers on this site are supposed to have references. This was established early on by the top answers to the following Meta post: Since it isn't in the FAQ, are we as answerers ...
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Moderators removing valuable comments

In particular I am concerned about the comments on (removed). Some of the comments pointed out that the answer was off base. The number of comments grew quite lengthy and so a moderator ...
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What's the rationale for responding to a question with a comment as opposed to an answer? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie to the forum and I notice that questions sometimes get both comments and answers, or sometimes just comments, and wonder what the rationale is for this distinction. Does the difference ...
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Ways to improve reputation that aren't asking or answering? [duplicate]

I would like to have two more reputation points (I have 48 reputation points now) so I can comment on other people's posts here as I need 50 reputation points in order to comment everywhere. But, I ...
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Did our comments get bigger?

A while back, we noticed that our comments seemed to get a little bigger. I went and poked around a few other sites and it seems like Meta.SE, Parenting, Academia, and Programmers all have 15px in the ...
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Please delete your question? I say again, please delete your question?

Recently a couple of questions were posted which indicated a desire on the part of the OPs to speed up closure of certain questions. We've had similar questions before, and some helpful advice and ...
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Some comments have a way of disappearing: who can delete a comment, apart from their author? [duplicate]

Who can delete a comment, apart from their author? Because it seems to me certain comments have a way of disappearing… ?!
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Is it really helpful to tell a user to look something up in a dictionary?

I have noticed in many comments to questions regarding single word usage in particular sentence or phrase that a user with high reputation will say something that ultimately boils down to "use a ...
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Comment threads that make no sense

I am fairly new to SE and ELU(less than a month old). While going through some questions and answers, I spotted a few comments that made absolutely no sense to me. Comments that appear to at-mention ...
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CyberBullying on SE

For the past few weeks I have been receiving many comments from the user Rathony. The pattern goes like this: 1) I make a comment on someone's answer, or I post my own answer 2) Within minutes, a ...
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Folklore or official policy?

At this question: Usage of "do not " vs "does not", I saw the following in a comment: As Reg Dwight has said, '[W]e write stuff in comments that is too obvious to qualify for an ...
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I want to delete an incomplete comment

I understand that comments may not be edited after some specific time limit. My problem is that I made a partial comment but was then defeated by my connection going down. Somewhere along the line ...
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Why do we tell users to comment when they don't have sufficient rep to do so?

I have noticed the following comment left pretty much verbatim, and it bothers me: This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a ...
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Message not addressed to me arrived in MY inbox

Mari-Lou wrote a pugnacious message to persons unknown, did not use my @name, but it nevertheless arrived in MY inbox, causing distress. I suspect a bug.
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Why is "@Commenter" being deleted? [duplicate]

When I "arrived" here the other day I followed the convention of starting a comment with a @ and the name of the person I am replying to etc., but lately this has not shown up on my comment. If I go ...
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Background of OP username looks ugly in comments

Firefox 36.0, Windows 7 SP 1 x64, the name of the OP looks strange: This has already been reported before, but since that question was asked almost a year ago, I guess it was already fixed and now ...
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Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com?

Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com before asking a question about a word? If so, should it not mention such an expectation in the Help or Tour sections of the ...
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Who has the power to edit or delete another person's comments, and what justifies the edit or deletion

It strikes me as a breach of etiquette to edit or delete another person's comment. Where can I find the guidelines on, or discussions of that topic?
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Why are ELU's users so easily irritated?

Every English student knowing enough to post a question on this site understands English capitalization and basic punctuation. Why, then, do we constantly chastise people about things they already ...
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Moderators’ policy on hectoring

What should we do about hectoring? A flurry of hectoring[1] comments has appeared both on the main ELU site and also here on ELU’s meta. I seek clarification on the following questions three: What ...
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Disappearing comment trails

The trail of a wide number of different user's comments on this page has been deleted. I am wondering why and by whom? The use of nominative "whom" Some of the comments may have been ...
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Boilerplate Comment Etiquette

There is an app for making boilerplate comments on SE. This makes quickly posting identical comments easy, which helps with site maintenance tasks like flagging or suggesting improvements to posts. In ...
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“possible duplicate of…” is uncapitalised

When we close-vote a question as a duplicate of another question, a comment is auto-generated. This comment reads: possible duplicate of [Title of Dupe Question] For as long as I've been here, ...
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Question Moved Without Comment

I put a question to this forum recently and am surprised to log in today to see it moved to a non-English language speakers forum. Here is the question: https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/10186/...
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Should we have badges for high-voted comments?

Bronze for 10, silver for 25, gold for 100? I had a notion that there used to be such badges, but I can't be sure.
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Are (some) compliments in the comments suppressed by moderators?

In a comment to my question, user surfasb made a flattering remark. It has just been deleted, a few minutes ago. Did a moderator erase it? I don't think the compliment was deserved ("best question in ...
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Why allow comments only when rep > 50?

I really want to comment on this post and want a clarification on an answer that has been posted there. Unfortunately, I do not have enough reputation to leave comments. That leaves me with two ...
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Expanding the list of comments doesn't work

This morning I tried expanding the list of comments of an answer, but it doesn't work. I tried also on Stack Overflow, on How to quickly theme a view? and I was able to expand the list of the comments ...
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How do they make bold-type letters in comments?

How do they make letters in bold in comments? I see bold type in comments every now and then. It's very useful, but I don't know how to do it.
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Why editing comments is possible for only 5 minutes after their submission?

Why is there such a strange regulation? I understand that it wouldn't be a good idea to allow editing comments if they have already been replied to, but what they haven't? Sometimes I come back to my ...
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"are you dumb bruv" deleted

Recently, I asked a question about the phrase "are you dumb bruv", it has been deleted https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/144708/are-you-dumb-bruv When I try to undelete it, a message comes ...
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Duplicate Comments & Un-flagging Comments

I've three related questions: If I believe a comment is essentially a duplicate of an earlier one, what is the proper etiquette, if any? I assume it's better to up vote a comment I agree with, rather ...
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I am unable to post comments to questions or answers

In the last hour or so I have attempted to add comments to questions or answers in ELU and when I've clicked Post the comment just went into the bitbucket. Is anyone else getting this? Also, the ...
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Formatting comments is such a hassle

In this question: Helper: loose vs. lose I added a comment with the following markup: clarification: by “should be pronounced *loss*” do you mean “should rhyme with *dose*” or “should rhyme with *...
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What to do with comments that refer to an element that has been edited out?

Not uncommonly, a comment triggers an edit by the OP, resulting in a retained comment that refers to some piece of the original question that no longer exists. Shouldn't we be able to delete or modify ...
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Why were my comments deleted?

All the comments I made under the questions referenced in Wordreference cross-posting have been deleted. Why?
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Comment deletion notifications

I see that all the comments I made to the questions referenced in Wordreference cross-posting have been deleted. Can I somehow be notified when my comments are deleted?