Guidance is pretty important, and that's usually emphasized when we notice a new user's downvoted question without any comments.

Comments are also ephemeral necessary evils — they're both pretty useful and create a lot of problems at the same time.

This post serves as a comment template list. It's much more convenient not having to type the same canned comments over and over, especially if they're meant to be elaborate and contain a lot of cool links.

Even better news, is that there's this AutoReviewComments on StackApps, which is available as a Chrome extension, Firefox add-on or a Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey userscript, if you wanted a handy way to manage your canned comments.

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Personally, I’m not particularly fond of canned comments. When I see the same comment over and over again on an exchange, it starts to seem hackneyed and impersonal.

I appreciate the way you are trying to be helpful, and provide a potentially time-saving resource to the community. That said, when leaving a comment, there’s nothing wrong with conveying the same sentiment in a more personal tone with something that’s written from scratch instead of copied-and-pasted from a master list.

  • Canned comments are good only because they're quick. I'd prefer leaving at least some feedback instead of none at all when voting to close etc. Don't worry, I don't think they'll flood the site. (BTW, on other sites, they're flaggable as obsolete)
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 10:49
  • The canned comments are nice with the AutoReviewComments StackApp because it gives you a starting point to customize. it just puts the comment in the comment box, and even adds the "Welcome!" if it detects a new user. I agree that canned comments can backfire because it can make it seem like your vote to close (or whatever you're giving feedback about) wasn't carefully considered.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 11:52
  • Copied-pasted comments, when are seen and seen again, tend to be ignored. They are like that person who kept alerting about a not existing fire: At the end people ignored him when there was really a fire. (The Italian version was about alerting people about a wolf in the town, but I didn't know it would be understood in English.)
    – apaderno
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 13:41
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    @kiamlaluno The boy who cried wolf is a fable in English too.
    – ColleenV
    Commented May 21, 2017 at 19:20

This is my proposed list of canned comments. Feel free to post a list of your own as another answer, or propose more additions in the comments.


These won't have any special tags to them, so you'd be able to use them everywhere; under both questions and answers.

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    Etymology is not explicitly off-topic anymore, by the way. A good portion of the community felt that certain etymology questions and answers could be helpful to learners, so we should be considering those questions on their own merits and if they should be closed, it's for reasons other than they're about etymology.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 2:58
  • Colleen I don't remember the last time I saw, or voted to close an etymology question. I just thought about adding it because it's there in help center. I guess mods should remove or edit that, huh.
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 7:29
  • The help has been updated - that's what I was trying to tell you. ell.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic It still suggests ELU, but it doesn't say that it's completely off-topic here.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 14:22
  • To the downvoter, can I know the reason for your disagreement? Do you disagree with how the comments are phrased?
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 8:58

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