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List of comment templates

Inspired by this question on meta.cstheory.SE. The post at meta.Tex.SE is quite impressive. We often leave generic comments to OP and answer posters such as: "if this is a homework, please add a tag,"...
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An attempt to add real-time previewing for comments

Screenshot About When writing a comment with a lot of formatting, especially one containing formulas, I often found myself pasting it into the "new answer" editor at the bottom of the page to see if ...
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Dealing with answers in comments.

I have noticed, of late, people providing answers/copious hints to the question in comments instead of actually adding an answer on their own. Other people might choose not to answer, as the ...
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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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What should one do when one's question has been answered in the comments?

Once in a while, when one is venturing out of one's area of expertise, one may post a question and find it answered quickly and completely in the comments section. Perhaps someone has linked to a well-...
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Allow newline in comments

The comment length here is such that it corresponds to what normally is a long paragraph in usual written communications. In some situations, it is more natural to write two short paragraphs, or one ...
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When closing question for lack of effort, leave a comment to OP explaining what to do

Recently there was an extensive discussion about closing the questions containing only the problem statement: http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/9201/proposal-discourage-questions-that-are-...
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Number of comments to unanswered questions

When we are at math.SE homepage, we can see the asked question, and at the left of the title we can see information about the numbers of votes, answers and views, like this: What I suggest is to add ...
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Snarky comments to an elementary math question

I have an issue to some to the comments of this following question that I had answered: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1168288/how-much-more-money-is-needed-to-get-to-1-2-million-if-you-...
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Editing to remove a “Thank you” in a post

What should be done when a (for example, brand-new) user has a question which ends with, "Thank you." I ask because in the "edit suggestions" review queue today there was an edit which removed such ...
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Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.

I know that StackExchange encourages moving extended discussions to chat. I have also seen moderators actively moving extended discussions to chat. The question is, what's the point of this? ...
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On mutual tactical serial upvotes and unconstructive comments

I notice that there is a group of users on this site who like to leave unconstructive comments on each other's posts. For example, A writes "Great answer, +1" on B's posts and B writes "Short and ...
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Is it bad form to answer a question using someone else's previous comment(s)?

I am sifting through some of the "Unanswered" and "No Answers" list, and — like so many before me — am finding that many of the questions have apparently been answered to the OP's satisfaction in ...
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The return key in comments

I have noticed recently that when composing comments, pressing the return key submits the comment as is. This behaviour differs from that when composing replies. I am using Firefox. As I frequently ...
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Is it okay to leave stupid comments?

I have a knack for leaving stupid jokes on a lot of posts. They don't add anything to the question except (hopefully) a little humour. I am not sure if I should leave these comments because they might ...
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What to do when someone tells you something like this in her/his comment and then deletes the comment?

There was a question today under which I left a comment that was not right in the sense that what was implied by that comment would not settle the question at all, but it had to do something with the ...
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Courtesy is a priority?

I looked at a question to be answered and found a number of unpleasant comments to the OP. Apparently he was new, and his formatting wasn't to everyone's satisfaction. If the commenters had wanted to ...
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Try to comment: Fail review audit

I know the review audits aren't without their flaws, but with this review: https://math.stackexchange.com/review/first-posts/109542 it should be clear that something is not right. As usual, the vote ...
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What Do We Do About Comment-Answered Questions?

There is a number of 'unanswered' questions which are not going to generate any further discussion because they have been answered succinctly in the comments. This is irritating when browsing the list ...
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Suggestions of tags and title edits by user NormalHuman - How to do it?

Almost $90$% of the questions I have seen from the time I have joined Maths.SE, I have noticed that the user NormalHuman suggests title edits, tag edits and question modifications almost instantly ...
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CFV: Proposal for standardized meta-comments, to avoid main-site meta discussions

Below is a sketch of a proposal I devised for handling the problem of rambling contentious meta-level discussions on the main site. The basic idea is to have a list of standardized community-elected ...
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Do hints belong in answers or comments?

If the OP doesn't indicate whether they'd prefer a hint, a sketch, or a full answer, and you'd like to leave just a hint, should it be an answer or a comment? Should one option be encouraged? If so, ...
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Is this an answer only site for people who just started here?

I'm a new user. I don't understand why I can't tell users what is wrong with their work. You can only do that when you have reached reputation=50? I also don't understand anymore what is meant by ...
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How to recognize and properly respond to a cat-and-mouse question

Recently I encountered a question, which seems to have since been deleted, that once answered ends in a far too often encountered scenario. I can't recall the name of the OP or the question but the ...
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Threatening emails from Jeff Atwood

I just received the following threat in private email from Jeff Atwood. I have no intention of corresponding privately with Mr Atwood, so I reproduce his message here. Mr Atwood starts with a ...
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Why do people answer the question in the comment section?

I am wondering why many answers are posted in the comment section of the question? Why not post as an answer?
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What is the etiquette about leaving short thank-you comments?

I left a brief question in a comment, and got a helpful reply, also in a comment. Then I wanted to leave a reply that said "Thank you.", but the comment system will not accept a comment of fewer than ...
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Policy on “Glad to help” comments or other comments just for politeness' sake

I realize that short "thanks!"-style comments are not encouraged on SE sites (Reference: What is the etiquette about leaving short thank-you comments?). However, people still post "thanks!" comments ...
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Is it okay to comment on others' answers for asking for explanation?

I often find myself waiting on the homepage of math.stackexchange.com, searching if there's a question I can answer. However, if I find a question (not posted by me), which is interesting for me, then ...
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Upvoting comments as equivalent of Facebook “like”: bad form?

Every now and then, I find comments which I like. Were I on facebook, I would put a like. Here on SX, "like" is not an available feature. The closest I can think of is upvoting. Sometimes I do, ...
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Removing comments when they become irrelevant

Could someone give me a pointer about the etiquette concerning comments that become "stale"? If I add a comment pointing out a simple error in an answer, and that answer is subsequently edited to ...
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showing gratitude for a very helpful / detailed answer?

I know that this is a Q&A forum, but sometimes there are answers, where I feel like it takes a lot of effort and work(?) to write a detailed answer, especially if there is confusion which needs ...
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People giving incorrect answers in the comments

This is extremely annoying that people give incorrect answers in the comments. I can't downvote comments, so I can't easily signal that the comment is wrong. If there are already several comments on ...
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I voted mistakenly to close as duplicate. When I realised my mistake, my comment explaining why was deleted.

I refer to this question: Comparing logarithms with different bases. Over-hastily, I flagged it as a possible duplicate of How to compare logarithms $\log_4 5$ and $\log_5 6$?. I also thought it was ...
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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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Upvoted rather than flagged a comment; can it be undone?

I was trying to flag a comment in this answer, and messed up and upvoted it instead. I immediately tried to cancel the upvote to discover, somewhat to my surprise, that comment upvotes cannot be ...
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Why doesn't the 'edit comment' button disappear after 5 minutes?

If you type a comment, and click on the 'edit' button after 5 minutes, it says that "Comments can be edited for only 5 minutes". Why can't the button just disappear after 5 minutes, so we can assume ...
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Too long LaTex formulae not shown in comments?

If you try to show this formula in comments, it fails. $$M:\left[\begin{array}{cc}x&y\end{array}\right]\mapsto\left[\begin{array}{ccc}x&y&1\end{array}\right]M=\left[\begin{array}{ccc}u&...
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Etiquette for flagging a comment that points out a (corrected) typo?

Typos happen often. On old posts there's a lot of clutter in the first comments that simply point out typos in the question or answer. I assume it's fine to flag these for deletion? This seems fine ...
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How to copy mixture of text and latex formulas in a comment?

Okay, I might sound lazy. When trying to copy mixture of text and latex formulas in an answer, it is always easy. I can simply click "edit" and copy the source. But when trying to do the same in a ...
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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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Avoiding extended discussion in comments section with low rep user?

I know it's bad practice to have extended discussions in the comments section, and I understand why. But there is no way to move the discussion to chat with a low-reputation user, and in my experience ...
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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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Hide comments to view the question

Is it possible to have a button hide comments (or something like that) in order to see the question when we write the answer? When you write the answer it's often useful to see the question to have ...
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Is there any way to have comment templates whenever we are typing comments?

We already have a comment template thread but oftentimes it takes a long time to open meta, go to the question, wait for the page to load, scroll down to the correct comment and copy it, especially if ...
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Why can't we upvote comments on nominations?

Why can't we upvote comments on nominations? Normally a user can vote on a comment to indicate that they agree with the sentiment it contains; this saves them from having to post a similar comment. ...
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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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Comments soliciting downvotes

Once or twice I have seen comments effectively seeking downvotes on answers, like "Why is this getting upvotes??" or "This answer should be downvoted hard". Since they are clearly not about ...
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Should the change in pre-filled text for custom close reasons be reversed?

Recently, I proceeded to vote to close a question. Because the primary reason to cast this vote was that it contained multiple questions, I considered using the free-form reason. In doing so, I ...
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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?