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Questions tagged [comment]

Comments are small addendums to each question or answer, intentionally limited in size and formatting.

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How long should a non-answer with picture be allowed as an answer

I have come across this answer which begins with "This is not an answer". [remark: the post has now been edited and the phrasing has been changed] The answer with pictures is posted as an answer ...
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Seeing the MathJax mark-up for a comment

If a question contains some useful MathJax mark-up that I don't know and want to recycle for use elsewhere, I can "edit" the question, copy the mark-up I want and then cancel my "edit". This isn't an ...
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I can't fix a comment with broken formatting

I can't fix the formatting in this comment (or even delete it and try again): How to formalize $\text{span}(S)=\{c_1v_1+\cdots+c_kv_k\mid v_1,~\cdots,~v_k\in S,~c_1,~\cdots,~c_k\in F\}$ rigorously in ...
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Should I avoid phrases like “please”?

Statistically speaking, whenever I write "please" I never receive a reply. No one has to reply at all, that's a fact, but with "please" they easily choose not to! Should I avoid phrases like "please"...
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Comments that should be answers [duplicate]

I have seen again and again cases in which a comment consists of a perfectly valid answer, something that has already been discussed here. In my opinion, no matter how simple an answer is, the person ...
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Referencing answer given on SE

Recently I asked the math.SE community my first question (link), after a few minutes an experienced used resolved my issue with a smooth answer. But my problem is that this question was derived from ...
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Latex format in comments on iOS app Stack Exchange

I can't correctly view formulas in comments on SE app for iOS. I've an iPhone 6 with iOS 10.3.3.
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Possibility to copy content of comment that was posted longer than 5 minutes ago.

I sometimes write a comment which I realize would fit better as an edit, adding context or examples or better explanations to a question or answer. Or for that matter to make an edit with the content ...
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Answer/Comment Etiquette

With my (terrible!) reputation of < 50 (new to the site), I cannot comment on posts and answers of others. However, if I wish to make an observation or give a hint as opposed to the full answer, ...
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I can't comment on posts yet due to lack of reputation but my answer was added as a comment, now I can't answer the questions they are making me.

I recently answered a question and it was added to the post as a comment (even though I cannot write them because I have reputation under 50) because it said something like "Answer considered trivial"....
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Character count for special formatting in comments: source or output?

I would expect that special symbols such as $ and \frac{abc}{def} are excluded from the character count in comments. So that <...
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Deleted comment tab and notification

After a few months on this website, I have had a few of my comments deleted. As it happens, I agree with the deletions in all of those cases. However, there was no notification that they were deleted, ...
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Requesting for like or best answer

I have received "polite" requests on 2 questions to accept the posted answer as best by the answerer claiming it will give them a badge. Is it OK, tolerated or objectionable practice?
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Vanished/truncated discussion. What happened?

On question 2249994, there was a lively discussion about whether use of the construct either/or meant (1.) inclusive-or or (2.) exclusive-or. Today I revisited it and found that the bulk of the ...
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Click on “This comment adds something useful to the post”

I like to see that a comment I wrote is marked by somebody as useful. In the overall of my make comments it serves as a feedback (and it's nice to read something equivalent to "good point"). But apart ...
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Why were the constructive comments deleted along with one poor comment?

I flagged as unconstructive a spam comment to my answer of mine. I see that all the comments were deleted --- one of which was heavily upvoted and contributed greatly to the answer. Is there ...
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Moved Discussions in Chat don't show all Comments

I noticed that not all comments are taken over to a chat discussion, but only those with whom you were chatting last. Discussions might be interesting with all comments. Can we have a full transcript ...
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What to do when a question is answered by a commentor [duplicate]

I frequently find myself asking a question, then having a hint given to me by a com-mentor that is sufficient to figure out the solution to question. Quite often i even discuss with the individual in ...
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Please help me find my missing comment

In this thread What are hyperreal numbers? (Clarifying an already answered question) someone, I believe @Noah Schweber, explained a very interesting point to me regarding the question of separating ...
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Couldn't there be a standard comment that is added to new users' questions automatically?

Couldn't there be a standard comment that is added to new users's questions automatically? Many of us have seen how most of the new users of this forum format their question. Not making use of LaTeX, ...
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Only one additional @user can be notified…

I wanted to give the update part of this question, as a comment. It is impossible, and I see the following: "Only one additional @user can be notified..." So I add that comment as the update part ...
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Avoiding obsolete comments

One particular problem is that when you point out a mistake in someone's answer, you have to check several times until he fixed it so you can delete your initial comment. Otherwise your comment will ...
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Two Notifications Suggestion

Sometimes I find some interesting questions That I like to read their answers. But I lost the question and forget the title of it. So I can't access it anymore... I Suggest that M.S.E notify users (...
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Finding what I asked about getting a comment

I beg your pardon that I'm vague. I think I remember posting a question several years ago and that it was here on math. I think that the question was about probability and/or some paradox but I don't ...
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Copy and pasting answers from comments

What is the general rule for copy and pasting and posting as answers the exact content of someone's comment? What is required? Credit? Making the post community wiki?
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Is undelete of comments already deleted.. possible?

If something new or relevant needs to be said, deleted comments if retraceable could be re-edited for renewed comments. Not needed often though.
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Does typing @username on my phone in comments ping people?

On my laptop, when I type @us, there is a little box with "username" and when I click on that, after I submit my comment it pings the person. However on my phone this doesn't happen. If I type out @...
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Removed comment?

I just answered a comment of Sean Roberson on this question, and everything has disappeared. All in all: Comment of SR, that a product formulat may help, giving a link to this site. I reply that it's ...
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Dealing with new users using pre-made comments [duplicate]

I recently got access to the review queue, and am able to see new users' posts. A lot of the time I see that a user hasn't done something correctly (e.g. left out context, didn't wasn't clear, ...
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My comments got stretched across the screen, and it won't allow me to edit or delete the comment either.

I must have added something in MathJax that caused my comment and subsequently caused previous comments to stretch across the page. I tried to hit "edit" or just delete the last comment but it doesn'...
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User disagreements in comments

What is the proper etiquette for a user to "warn" another user? I frequently read "intuition" and "big picture" questions here and on mathoverflow. To facilitate finding them, if I find a one ...
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Retroactively moving comments to chat, when they are no longer relevant, due to edit

In a recent question of mine, @Ian and I had a rather lengthy back-and-forth about the meaning of something in my question that was unclear. At the time I deemed it relevant to keep in the comments, ...
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Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

Say a post has been inactive for a period of time, what happens if you answer, comment or even vote on that question: who sees what you've done? Is voting good practice on inactive questions as it ...
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Answer transformed to comment?

I wanted to answer a question, after I did my answer was automatically transformed to a comment. Why? I see another question here about this but they respond to the asker that this only happens when ...
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MathJax is breaking in short expressions frequently today.

Formerly MathJax in comments broke if you had too many consecutive non-blank spaces, and too many was a moderately large number. When it breaks, you see MathJax code in red letters rather than the ...
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Comment “spreaded” all over the webpage - unable to edit, unable to delete [duplicate]

I wrote a comment to this question on math-stack-exchange. The browser (both Chrome and Firefox) didn't take it very well, and "spreaded" it all over the webpage, such that both the 'edit' option and ...
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How can I make separate sentences or paragraphs?

Hello I am new to Stackexchange and I'm trying to learn how to make separate sentences, paragraphs and to write proper math script. So, everytime I try to make a paragraph or separate 2 sentences ...
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Why do we need to avoid to thank somebody?

When I want to comment on an answer that I received for one of my questions, I get the following reminder: "Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements. Avoid comments like "+1"...
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Do votes on comments count as votes (or do only votes on questions & answers qualify)?

Regarding badges (and anything else that votes might count toward): do votes on comments count as "votes", or do only votes on questions and/or answers qualify as such? Please note that this is not ...
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Is questioner or answerer advised about comment after latter has been deleted?

If I make a comment, the recipient will be advised. But if he has not read it and I delete it, will he still be advised and able to read it after my deletion?
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What's the best way to thank good commentators?

Sometimes we are working on particular problem and we feel that we are close to the solution but somehow we can't break through this thin edge which separates us from the goal. So we ask question on ...
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Is deletion of unnecessary comments a common practice here?

I have the habit of deleting my comments whenever I find them unnecessary anymore (for instance, I notified the OP that there's a typo, and it got fixed). Mostly, the user replies with (something ...
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Who should be pinged by the “@<user>” feature if there is more than one match

Recently in the main site, I visited the users tab, and there I searched for "Subhadeep Dey", and it showed two results, this one and my own profile, and in both the cases, the username is totally ...
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How to answer a question where a simple answer was given in comments?

This is related to this post on questions answered in comments, but different in that the site won't let me. The question in.. question is this. The answer is fairly simple in that 'Parameter' is an ...
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how do I give a lengthy comment on a previous answer?

A question was posted and answered several years ago about the "Hyperbolic diameter of Amsler's surface". The answer points to a relevant paper and summarizes its results. But that summary of ...
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Comments that suggest reposting to an ill-suited SE site: to flag or not to flag?

Asaf has composed a FAQ on Flagging, but I have a rather specialized concern that I did not see discussed yet. I occasionally see Comments that, doubtless with best intentions (for Questions that are ...
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How can I counteract offensive comments?

I have unfortunately gotten into a shouting match with another MSE user on the question referenced below. I would like to flag the user's latest (slanderous) comment to my answer but I see no option ...
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Why do folks criticise an answer in a comment?

I thought the policy was to address the question rather than make criticisms of answers that are offered by other users. After all, if an answer is incorrect surely, as mathematicians we are obliged ...
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Comment flag for “+1” was declined

When we leave comments, we see this message: Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements. Avoid comments like "+1" or "thanks". Also, Help Center says: When Shouldn't I ...
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Is it possible to delete an account (together with all posted content)

Is it possible to delete my account and all its activity? If I want my account to disappear with all its questions, comments...etc. from the stackexchange website is that possible?