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Thank you for letting us knowing what is going on. We will look into the serial downvoting and that will be reversed if we confirm that it is happening. As for the comment harrassment, please flag (with "needs mod attention", and explain that it is for this question) the post/posts or one of your own comments on the posts where this has occurred and we will ...


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Option 3: Answers may be made in comments where the question is off-topic but we still wish to help the asker. This seems to be standard practice; we try to be helpful.


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Is it unethical for any user to post a derogatory, belittling negative comment? Yes. Let's be clear about what we're taking about. "Derogatory" or belittling comments are never OK, whether you've posted an answer or not. The "Be nice" policy applies to everybody, in all situations. If you think a comment crosses the line, flag it. Keep in mind that not ...


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There is no new initiative to eliminate answers in comment. They have always been discouraged. The purpose of Stack Exchange is to get expert, peer-reviewed answers to good questions out on search engines for the benefit of the asker and anyone else with a similar question. Answers in comments cannot be downvoted. Lacking full peer review, they are are ...


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medica wrote an excellent response here already; I'd just like to emphasize one thing: in years past we just deleted comments like these, removing them permanently with no record whatsoever so as to make room for new ones... THAT is the alternative here: permanent deletion. That a moderator took extra time to archive the comments is nice, but quite ...


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Looks like a typical signal transmission problem to me. Put simply, the signal you emit seems to be cluttered with too much noise... Below is a humouristic little chart, inspired by the OSI model, that will illustrate the idea. To reach other EL&U readers, the waves originating from your cortex must follow a complex path and undergo a huge variety of ...


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Thank you for your contributions to the site. I am glad that you wish to be a helpful contributor here. You are a very new user, and the fact that you are already a top contributor speaks to your efforts. For that reason, I am glad that you chose to post your question here on the Meta site. It gives us the opportunity to answer your concerns in a more ...


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Option 6: Partial answers may appear in comments and may be used by anyone who wishes to post a complete answer, with the understanding that mods may still delete the comments at a whim, without notice. This represents the least overhead in terms of 'extra rules everyone must know' because it pretty much stays true to the way Stack Exchange has been set up. ...


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There is a lot to address in your post, and I will address points as they come. My opinion is derived from my years as a member here, and my time serving as a moderator on another site. I believe the problems mods face are pretty similar from site to site. Two further substantive comments were deleted on the grounds that once a comment thread is moved to ...


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Obviously the answer is Yes: it is so objectionable as to be deletable, as a comment. The system does not show who flagged comments*, but your comment received one non-committal "No longer needed" flag ("This comment is obsolete, chatty, or otherwise unnecessary"), and two "rude or abusive" flags. The last flag was sufficient for the system to delete the ...


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I won't deny I sometimes get irritated simply because I'm a grumpy ole git. I certainly don't defend myself in this - in fact, I apologise for inevitable future transgressions in my ELU profile. Having said that, as an active supporter of English Language Learners, I feel there's at least some justification for being annoyed by substandard English on ELU. ...


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Stack Exchange is a Q&A network not a discussion forum, but this question has repeatedly drawn opinionated side comments. There are currently more than 150 deleted comments on that question and its answers. Moderators are instructed to intervene to keep the site within the Q&A framework rather than letting it turn into a discussion forum. We have ...


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The text box used for providing comments supplies these specific guidelines: Use comments to ask for clarification or add more information. Avoid answering questions in comments. We therefore do not normally convert answers to comments for reasons like being too short or being wrong, or for lacking documented references. Migration would not ...


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No Stack Exchange site is a tutorial service. No Stack Exchange site is a research service. No Stack Exchange site is a substitute for looking in a standard reference work. I propose that any question which does not show elementary research be closed in short order. The current close reason contains enough detail to explain what can be done to improve the ...


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I don't have a problem with the idea of informing a new user of a policy that they were probably not aware of, but a bare demand for corrective action like that is rather in violation of our "Be Nice" directive, especially since a new user has no incentive to help keep the site neat and will likely sense the "tone" of the comment as curt and demanding, not ...


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I hope it will be helpful if I list the main problems with comment answers. Any proposed solution can be evaluated against them to see how it holds up. Someone has helpfully numbered these problems for easy reference. The numbering is just for reference and does not imply an order of importance. Comment answers cannot be community edited or peer reviewed. ...


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Dan Bron’s comment on the question is very practical: Comments aren’t meant to be private conversations between individual participants, but a public conversation about the post they’re attached to, which anyone can contribute to. Given, yes, the “E” in “EL&U”, the only language we can rely on all participants here sharing is English, so comments ...


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On August 25 KitFox posted an answer to the question Why are most new questions being downvoted which I think bears quoting in this context: Before you downvote: Did you ask the OP to clarify and give them at least one day to do so? Did you edit the OP's question to include information that the OP had buried in the comments? Did you clean up ...


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If something is irrelevant to an answer, it should be edited out. If something is only relevant as an example, but the example is too inflammatory or distracting, it should be changed. The fact that Donald Trump is Hitler Jr doesn't make that pertinent to answers.


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OP has effectively raised two "feature requests" here... 1: Can we have a "flag" option for Please convert this comment into an answer? 2: Should ELU disallow the posting of answers as comments? As regards #1, this seems a bit unnecessary to me. Any user can cut & paste the relevant comment into an answer (and make it Community Wiki, and/or ...


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Hectoring is A Bad Thing. Individual users should avoid responding to hectoring at all. Hectoring requires moderatorial (what a great word) intervention when it damages the site. Now that's out of the way (and those answers are no more foolish than the questions), can we have a reasonable discussion please? Though in theory anybody annoyed by a comment ...


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There are a multiple things going on here. the taboo status of 'Jesus H Christ' the context of the use of 'Jesus H Christ' common decency About the taboo status, or blasphemy as it has been called, 'Jesus H Christ' is pretty tame along the taboo scale. (note that the following is actually more main site relevant than meta). It doesn't evoke the same shock ...


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Please do not flag old comments unless they are offensive and hurtful of others. This is not a good use of limited resources.


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You can flag posts at 15 reputation. Flagging comments is not mentioned in the privileges list, so it's either the same or possibly even as low as 1. Or it may come with the "comment everywhere" privilege you get at 50 rep. If you can flag comments, then it will be via the little grey flag on the left of each comment. The up-arrow is to vote agreement with ...


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A mod should have dismissed that flag. Anyone can see that the comment's on topic, and as for adding "absolutely no useful detail", see @trlkly: The comment actually adds a bit of information that is not found in the question or any answer. It offers a replacement for the missing (or extremely rare) word "autumntime"--one may simply say "autumn" or "fall."...


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All three of the linked examples are from the same user, so as with the recent kerfuffle over mods reopening their own questions, it's almost impossible to address the issue without referring to the relevant specific individual. In this case, the relevant user has asked 31 questions (not including anything that may be deleted) in 12 months on ELU, only two ...


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Normally, I just up-vote the previous comment and recommend deletion; is this the best course of action? What do you do? My only worry with doing that is if it skews the analytics of which option has been chosen. I almost always upvote comments I agree with, and then choose "no comment needed" when I "recommend deletion". If there isn't one already, I'd ...


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Help center explains a lot about comments, and is a must read. Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. They can be up-voted (but not down-voted) and flagged, but do not generate reputation. There's no revision history, and when they are deleted they're gone for good. And go through the tour page: And we're a little bit ...


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OK, you just haven't read Lawler far enough. ^_^ Try his post on conversational deletion. This happens when material understood from context is removed without lost of communication. Note that "Are you doing?" is not possible because material is removed that is essential to comprehension. Whereas the "what" in "The f**k are you doing?" is obvious, "Are you ...


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People leave partial answers in comments for various reasons. Regardless, if you see useful information or partial answers in the comments, you can use that to write a detailed answer yourself. It'd be nice to give credit where it's due.


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