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Why the heck do you keep removing my comments telling askers to look things up

1) Comments are ephemeral. Comments are transient. Comments are temporary post-it notes. Comments are not designed to hold information for all eternity. 2) Comments should be constructive, that is, ...
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So many answers in comments

Huh, weird. This gets asked often enough in metas, and I was fairly certain it was asked here too, but for the life of me I can't seem to find it. Anyway, here's the wisdom of the ancients on it. ...
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Toxic and Inappropriate comments by the Community bot

I was scratching my head over the "Community" user too. Turns out it is just a new feature of the "whole new review queues project", and reviewers can now leave anonymous comments ...
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Comments are constantly disappearing

From How do comments work? Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. You should not expect them to be around forever. Once a clarification has been made, an edit added ...
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Lesser of evils on ELL: comment vs. LQ answer

If someone understands the SE guidelines and why they're a good idea, the answer to "what is the preference?" is (in my opinion) to simply act in good faith and do what you think is best for the site ...
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Why the heck do you keep removing my comments telling askers to look things up

On the topic of questions that can be answered with a web search or dictionary lookup, it has recently been discussed on SE meta that those kinds of comments should either not be made or worded very ...
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Someone is deleting my comments

You have one answer, no questions and 215 comments. Comments are ephemeral and should be used primarily to ask authors for clarification of their posts. If you would like an answer to stick around, ...
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Toxic and Inappropriate comments by the Community bot

The “weird” community comments asking for code etc. came as a presumably unwanted side effect when the new review queues were rolled out. The request to fix misleading canned comments and allow site-...
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Is it normal to be crazy rude and ask irrelevant questions?

The first comment is asking for clarification; I don't see how that can be considered rude. The second comment is an attempt at a joke, it's not sarcasm. I think both comments can go, but only after ...
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Toxic and Inappropriate comments by the Community bot

On ELL the canned comments aren't helping. Firstly they contained references to "showing the code". However that may be fixed. But more fundamentally, the comments aren't useful because ...
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Comment Templates

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 ...
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Comments are constantly disappearing

There's repartee between two or three users -- usually meaningless, but I personally enjoy reading and writing such comments. It's worth pointing out again an underlying philosphy of the Stack ...
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Flagging the answers posted as comments

The other answers have some advice specifically about dealing with comments that seem like answers. I would like to speak more generally about rules and penalties and whether that is the right ...
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Flagging the answers posted as comments

First, people already have the ability to flag comments that contain answers, so I’m not sure what you mean by: So my proposal is to have the ability to flag the comments which contain answers. ...
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Is it allowed to add people's comment into one's answer?

If the comment was about a trivial matter like a typo then perhaps not acknowledging the originator is acceptable. If the comment was a substantive one then you are obliged to attribute it or run the ...
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Should we force people to tell you why they downvoted a question?

No, we shouldn't. This is a topic that often comes up on different Stack Exchange and there's an FAQ entry on Meta Stack Exchange: Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ...
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Is it normal to be crazy rude and ask irrelevant questions?

Asking good questions is hard. And by "good" I mean a post which shows thought and effort. Asking good interesting questions is even harder. And as we all know asking good interesting ...
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Are possibly rude comments allowed?

No, that is not the purpose of comments: When should I comment? You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive criticism that guides the author ...
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How to handle inaccurate comments

In this particular case, it's worth noting that the author of the original comment deleted that comment after reading your response and your improved answer. This is actually a healthy way to handle ...
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Flagging the answers posted as comments

From what I can tell, the standard procedure of dealing with answers in comments, hesitant or non, across Stack Exchange is the following: If an answer is posted in a comment, ping that user to post ...
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Extra Moderation

Concerning your edit: EDITED: Ey, I've just remembered why I linked these two subjects. I wrote a comment addressing the editor because she has left some blank spaces that I suggested to remove. ...
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My comment edited by someone else

The link was added by a moderator. You (during the edit window) and moderators are the only ones able to edit comments. I don't know specific site etiquette, but you can get their attention by ...
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Asking for clarification at “Transgender” versus the obsolete term “transgendered”

We've already had to remove close to 60 comments on this question just to keep things focused on "helping people learn English", which is this site's mission. Your comment (which is perfectly ...
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I had a discussion with a moderator, one side of the discussion is now removed

The whole conversation has now been deleted. I am quite satisfied with this outcome. Thanks to those who engaged in the conversation here. It's great that I could get such a quick response on meta in ...
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Is it allowed to add people's comment into one's answer?

I several times both here and on law.se have edited an answer by adding something like: As a comment by user ABC points out ... This can be useful because comments are subject to deletion or to ...
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Does this site have different rules about answering in comments?

The rules about answers in comments are the same here as any other SE site, but yes, for better or for worse, answering in comments happens so much here that it would take a significant groundswell of ...
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What is "slang"?

Does it matter really? Tags (and terms used in posts) are there to help people find posts that might be relevant to something they're searching for, not to precisely define the content of them. If a ...
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How to handle inaccurate comments

The comments have been cleaned up already because you handled it correctly-you updated your answer to address the concerns expressed in the comment. Once you’ve updated your answer, flag the comments ...
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So many answers in comments

I probably get "questioned / criticized" more than most ELL users for making comments that others think should have be posted as formal "Answers". I don't really see any harm in my approach, and I ...
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