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I cannot stress this enough: do not rely on simple pattern matching to identify obsolete comments. Yes, a good many of these comments can be removed without hurting anything. But not everything that starts with "+1" or contains the word "edited" is noise. If you're not willing and able to vet these comments before flagging them, then don't flag them - come ...


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[the block decline of flags at the end yesterday] was indeed to send the message of not to take this sort of "shotgun" approach to flagging. I'm sorry that this essentially boils down to some sort of miscommunication since not only did I have the above line, minus the bold, but very much there and explicitly saying what not to do, but I also ...


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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 against answering them in the comments (before the question is inevitably closed and deleted) is "If you give them an answer in the comments, you're just ...


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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 constructive criticism aimed at improving the post in question - starting side conversations about someone's tone/rudeness just adds to the noise, and can actually ...


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I think the closing->duplicate system is doing its job as intended. However, on the communication front, I feel it is lacking. One thing that always irked me when closing as duplicate was the wording of the auto-generated comment. "possible duplicate: [link]". It's impersonal and disenchanting, it focuses on the state of question itself, not the ...


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Obsolete flags can only be handled by moderators. When you create work for the moderation team, you enter into a working relationship with them. You can decide to stop flagging at any time, they can't decide to stop handling your flags at any time. If your flags are detracting from the time that they feel they should be spending on issues that are more ...


11

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 an actual answer (or edit to expand an existing one); Comments lack quality control, are harder to find than answers (making them a lot more likely to be missed)...


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All of these flags below are for comments that say things like "thanks", or "this worked for me", or "you should edit X into your answer/question" followed by a "I have edited X into my answer/question", all the sort of stuff that doesn't need to exist. I agree, all of these comments should be nuked, preferably from orbit. I find it unfortunate that there's ...


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We did some testing and it appears that the issue was on comment limits. Election nominations only show up to 15 comments before expansion. However! There's no button to expand comments! Posting a new comment auto-expands which is why people could see things only when commenting. As a bandaid, we've increased the comment limit to 40 for now, but we're ...


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What gives is that you're flooding a moderation team that's been struggling with keeping up with ~2,300 flags/quarter, as I disclosed yesterday before all of this started. You are fully aware that: We are struggling with keeping up with load, which is the whole point of the current elections for three slots Comments are not a priority, and you're ...


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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. Credit to @FoxMcCloud for this helpful answer.


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Let's ignore the amount of flags in question - bulk flagging is bothersome and that bother is certainly indicative of how things went by in the other discussion but it's also tangential - the actual reasoning that the mods went with, and that I agreed with, is about the comments themselves. If you see a comment like that which is completely worthless and ...


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If you feel like doing so, and can do so while not being a jerk about it, sure, go ahead. I don't however, think that this is incumbent on anyone, anymore than, say... explaining downvotes. If the fundamental purpose of our site is to help people who have questions get answers, the current system accomplishes that. When a dupe vote is cast, the user who ...


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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 much simpler comment cutting straight to the issue. Sort of a TLDR for the first. Maybe not necessary, but certainly doesn't hurt to rephrase things. In fact, ...


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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 probably be frustrating to see declined flags on stuff that - on a quick reading of the rules - may be valid for removal. That being said, context context ...


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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 shows the raw markdown. It'd be technically possible to change how this works (SE could have a DB column size larger than the allowed character size, using the ...


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This is fixed now. There are a couple of things going on when we decide to limit the number of comments shown. We have a site setting that sets a fixed limit, which is the limit @GraceNote was referring to in his answer. However, that limit interacts with another thing we do, which is do a rollup of "top comments" because we don't want one of our blessed ...


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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 look at and delete. Flagging a lot of them just means you're creating a lot of work for mods, with very little value. Flagging comments on a new question or one ...


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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 your searching needs!


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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 question were removed by a moderator because they weren't needed to stick around over the long-term. Especially considering that an answer was posted, which pretty ...


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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 understandable by everyone and ongoing discussions about those posts to be public for everyone. We do allow informality up to a certain extent, but this is ...


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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 clarify the question, then cease existing. Or meant to help someone improve their answer, then cease existing. Actual content doesn't belong in comments. You may ...


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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. There wasn't anything specific to single that one out. Now that you've told us the link is dead, I've deleted it. For the most part, we're not going to be ...


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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 only takes one flag to bring it to our attention.


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