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Here are some of the "most frequently seen non-constructive comments" I tend to see. I'm not quoting a specific user with any of these; these are just generic patterns I see often. The language varies, but the overall message is usually pretty similar. Dumb/RTFM/Trivial -1 This question is dumb. or: Did you even bother googling this? The ...


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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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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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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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Welcome to the site, Bob! Once you earn 50 reputation, you'll be able to post comments on any post. By default, you may post comments on your own questions / answers. See here for more info.


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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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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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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 ...


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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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Comments give you the power to bother any answerer on the site. This site is meant to be for experts, experts we want to retain; the best way to lose our experts is to drown them in notifications. This is why the bar to comment is "so" high.


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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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I see this as two distinct areas: Hold ourselves (and each other) accountable We are a community. We've been here quite a while, and we've learned the ins and outs of the system. We've all had rocky moments where we didn't understand something and fell afoul of one rule or another. We don't burn each other at the stake if we disagree about things or ...


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2 of those comments (mine and Shadur's) come from the review queue. They stay around after the post has been deleted so the poster can see some feedback. In order for the poster to be able to see, for instance, fredley's comment, they'd need 10k rep, which for the vast majority of users who have their answer deleted isn't the case. Using the review queue ...


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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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I agree with agent86 and fbueckert, but there is something I would like to add. When leaving comments or even discussing in Meta, the end-goal is always the same. We want to make Arqade better in some way. In meta, we are working to improve our policies or better understand how to deal with situations. This is where the so-called "big" changes would be ...


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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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Sorry, that was entirely my error - I was attempting to clean up comments on the question, and it looks like while modding from my phone, I deleted some comments like yours that should have stayed. I will rectify that.


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This is a network wide feature. Basically, as this post mentions, "We do not want flip flopping, nor do we want people to un-upvote stuff from the past. The only use case is undoing a mis-click." You basically have one minute to decide if you clicked on something by accident, and then it is considered to be locked in. In the case of comments especially, ...


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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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