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Is suggesting games in comments for off-topic questions discouraged?

All you're going to get is some general opinions from the people who frequent meta on this. There is no definite site policy against it... just a few vocal users who are against it. The argument ...
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How should we respond to users "reprimanding" other users in comments?

Flagging that comment was the right call. Beyond that - I would generally discourage any further actions - including leaving comments in reply. Comments are meant for requesting clarifications or ...
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Using comments as answers

Answers shouldn’t be posted as comments, and is actually discouraged on the commenting privilege page: Answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer; instead, post ...
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How to reply to another person on this site/ tag them

Welcome to our site. First, you should take the tour to learn how the site works. It is a Q&A site, and not a forum, meaning a person asks a question, and receives answers only - no discussions ...
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What's the best way to handle comments that answer a question?

Post an answer and give credit to the user in the comments. The person who commented on the post should be able to post their own answer or would have done it first if they knew it was a valid answer. ...
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Make formatting not take up characters in comments/chat?

Comments can be 600 characters long (I assume this is the database column size), and the text is stored in Markdown format (which gets rendered on page load) - here's a SE Data Explorer query that ...
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If there are effectively no restrictions on comments, the site's rules should be changed accordingly

When handling comment flags, mods have few options: 'Delete', 'Edit' or 'Dismiss', and no way to give the flagger a canned or custom reason as to why a particular action was taken, so we get it would ...
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Please don't leave redundant comments on non-answers

I think you have a point in general, but your specific example is pretty poor. The first comment is a manually, nicely written comment specific to the situation, which is ideal. The second is a ...
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Is leetspeak allowed in comments?

The whole point of StackExchange sites is to provide useful information to the whole community. We're not a discussion forum, we're a knowledge base or FAQ place, of sorts, and we want our posts to be ...
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Was my comment removed?

Comments are meant to be for short temporary discussion, clarifications, or to add relevant but minor/transient information to the post (such as links to related questions). The comments on that ...
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How to make links in comments?

You have to put the links inline instead of using the [link][1] markdown, like so: Visit [Google](http://www.google.com) for all your searching needs! Which results in this: Visit Google for all ...
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What can I do to be able to raise comment flags more often?

Nope. There's no way to flag comments en-masse. And, really, ask yourself if you're providing value; these comments have been around for years, not doing any harm, and they require a mod to take a ...
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Did the policy regarding deletion of off-topic comments about humorous question titles change to only apply to newer questions?

I agree that these comments are merely noise and bury actual on-topic comments about the question. But take a step back and look at what comments are for. Comments are transient. They are meant to ...
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Why keep dead link comments?

I declined that flag. It had been flagged as, "No longer needed." By itself, I didn't see anything wrong with it; it looked like a link to additional information, just like the comments around it. ...
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Why was this comment removed?

I deleted the comment because it served its purpose. I didn't see any reason to keep it around after the question was closed. This is a fairly borderline case, however, so after thinking about it some ...
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Why was my flag on a resolved duplicate comment declined?

The question was not originally closed as a duplicate of the question that was in that comment, so the comment was not automatically deleted. I accidentally closed the question as a duplicate of an ...
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What can I do to be able to raise comment flags more often?

If a user has many comments that are problematic, please raise a custom flag against any one of them and explain a bit in the custom flag reason. Handling this sort of thing is a mod's job, and it ...
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I would like to be able to link to comments on the election nomination page

status-completed With the recent updates to the election system, election comments now share the same functionality with their main site counterparts: Ability to flag nominations and comments ...We ...
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Undoing upvotes for comments

status-completed - As of April 2012 - It is possible to undo comment upvotes (some limitations apply - the primary use case is to undo an accidental click). According to waffles, former employee at ...
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What happened to the comments?

Comments are meant to be for short temporary discussion, clarifications, or to add relevant but minor/transient information to the post (such as links to related questions). The comments discussion ...
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What's the best way to handle comments that answer a question?

Post a Community Wiki answer, quoting any relevant information from the comment and giving credit to whoever posted it. Flag the comment answering the question either as "No longer needed" or with a ...
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Using comments as answers

Answers should be posted as answers, not comments Comments and answers follow different rules, and have clearly defined purposes: Answers draw the majority of the attention in the page, they can be ...
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