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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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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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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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May I ask why my answer was deleted without explanation?

In Why do we believe the equation ax+by+c=0 represents a line?, I wrote this answer: Let $A=\left(x_{A},y_{A}\right)$ and $B=\left(x_{B},y_{B}\right)$ be distinct points. We define the line $l$ ...
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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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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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Are comment templates, e.g. stating that an answer should be a comment, being abused?

There is a comment template, meant to be used when a user posts an answer which really should have been a comment, which reads: This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or ...
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Comment flags are anonymous

Just in case you are not aware: to help prevent abuse by moderators, the system is designed so that certain flags are anonymous. In particular, with the current flagging system (rumour has it that SE ...
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Are there too many comment deletions lately?

I noticed just now that a comment on my answer was removed (before I had the chance to see it, but the notification was still showing in my inbox). The comment was removed with the entire comment ...
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Types where Comments are allowed (or not) in Review Audits

My recently failed review audit got me to wondering which review audit types allow commenting and which don't allow them but advise you of this. If you do a volume of reviews, you've probably seen ...
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Answers which are not quite answers, but still could be useful to stimulate learning.

Is there some way to treat faulty answers or ones which do not address the specific question, but which could be of merit. For instance something that is related which could help the person creating ...
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"New comments posted" notification when writing answers?

It has happened to me a couple of times that I've posted an answer only to find that someone has written something similar in a comment meanwhile. I think it would be nice to get a "new comments have ...
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Regarding - posting a negative comment to a question and answering the same.

We post comments to posts which lack effort, suggesting them to include their efforts(I agree with that) or informing them that the answer is trivial when they use a particular formula or method. ...
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Links in comments do not work if they contain space before dollar and also square brackets inside MathJax

The format [text](url) is the standard format for using links in the comments. And it works just fine even if the text contains MathJax. Normally, adding spaces ...
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Notification upon editing comment

The following situation has happened to me several times: Someone writes a comment tagging me with the @, I read the comment, and shortly after the comment is edited in such a way that the nature of ...
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How to appropriately link to a resource that answers OP's question?

So I recently came across this question, where the OP asks for a proof of the uniform convergence of a certain sequence, and I happen to have a link to some lecture notes which contain a detailed ...
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Proper notice to posters unfamiliar with S.E. customs

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1356481/complete-the-square-on-x210x9-0 I put this comment under the question above: Probably the reason for the down-vote and the votes to close the ...
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May I ask a question that might have no answer? If so, would it be discourteous to those who suggest that it has no answer?

A while ago I asked the question "Is there a group-theoretic proof that multiplicative groups of integers modulo a prime are cyclic?". Instead of an answer I got a few comments from ...
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Editing comments bug

Edit: I have now also posted this bug on meta.SE. I don't know whether this question ought to be deleted. Edit again: Apparently it has already been posted, both on main meta and on stackoverflow ...
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Notice when an answer you commented on gets deleted

I posted an answer to a question but it turns out I had a major error in it. Another user posted a comment pointing out the error. I agree with the comment and so I deleted the answer. For SE in ...
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Why can’t I participate in the discussion or contact the participants?

I found the following question and associated thread interesting, and I’d like to contribute: Product rule for matrix-valued functions and Differentiability of matrix multiplication. However, I have ...
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Ability to Vote Down Comments

It would be nice to be able to vote down comments. Sometimes I find users leaving very unhelpful one sentence complaints about questions and/or answers, but it is not nearly serious enough to warrant ...
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Comments no longer shown in All Actions

Up to quite recently (today perhaps!), when I clicked on my profile and then on "All actions" and "Comments", I used to see both the title of the question and the contents of the ...
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Rare bug: comments expanding over bottom bar

The situation is exemplified below. Before expanding comments: After expanding the comments: I couldn't reproduce it after several reloads. However, I think the situation above occurred just after ...
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Is it possible to recover/archive some of the comments?

This is about the comment area of The continuity of $g\circ h$ and $h$, and $h$ surjective, imply the continuity of $g$? As a not-very-obvious question, many lovely commenters leaves a lot of ideas ...
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Inconsistency between markdown in comments and posts

There is an inconsistency between the Markdown for codeblocks in comments and the Markdown in Questions and Answers: it seems to me impossible to type \ (as in, ...
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Audit first post question

I was reviewing through the “first posts” on an iPad when I come up across a question about conjugates. Because it was an audit, it did not show any comments... etc. I decided to first comment on it, ...
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What are details of deleting comments by flags from regular users?

It was mentioned several times here on meta that moderators can delete comments. However, comments can be deleted also by regular users. For example, one of the answers to Who has the power to delete ...
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What's with "selfclear" resolution of comment flags?

First off, some positive news. We now have our comment flag history visible on the user page http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/users/flag-summary/userID. I'm sure ...
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Comment editing boxes

It would be awesome if the textarea elements one uses to create/edit comments on M.SE were larger and allowed for more characters. The ones on MO are perfect, for example. (Why do I want this? Well, ...
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A Beginner and the Problem with the 50 Reputations Requirement

I have just started studying calculus and sometimes have questions which are super easy for the most members of the site. I had a question and did not want to ask it because a similar one was already ...
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How can I provide useful links which may answer a question.

I am currently looking at providing this user with a resource which may answer their question, however I cannot add this as a comment as I do not have enough reputation. I am not sure if I should post ...
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Strange comments in review audit

I recently encountered a review audit in the "Suggested Edits" queue, with the following comment, presumably fake, from the purported editor of this question: This is a homework question from a ...
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Illegal flagging of comments on a locked and deleted question

I can flag comments on a locked and deleted question despite being told the comment is not eligible for flagging. Attempting to upvote the comment tells me I can't flag. But I can flag it anyway ...
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How to take an exchange of comments on math.stackexchange.com to a chat exchange?

I am baffled by the stack exchange user interface as regards chat. What do I do to take an exchange of comments on math.stackexchange.com to a chat exchange?
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A comment not showing up in my inbox

I can see the comment from 13 hours ago in the Responses tab but not in the Inbox tab, and I don't see the red notification icon on the main page. This is probably related to the fact that the answer ...
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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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In the StackExchange iPhone app, how do I get MathJax to work in comments in the Math StackExchange section?

I’m not sure this is the right place to ask but it seemed like it is. I don’t get this problem for other sections of StackExchange. Just the “Mathematics” section.
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Feature request: LaTeX preview in *comments*

I would like to request that a preview be generated when writing comments, the same way that one is generated when writing a question. This is particularly relevant in math forums where LaTeX ...
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(Major) editing bug

This happened a few minutes ago. When I was editing a comment, the phrase [object Object] came up, and after I write something next to it, say ...
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Unable to flag comments anymore: the pop-up windows does not display correctly

It seems that the recent redesign of the window that pops up when attempting to flag comments has some subtle bug: when it pops up, it does so in the upper left corner of the browser window in such a ...
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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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How to appeal the deletion of a comment thread?

A thread of comments was deleted in bulk, including extensive clarifications to notation used in the answer. How can this decision be appealed/reversed?
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Comment rendered with MathJax overlapping text

I posted a comment to this thread, where I typed Can you add the same multiple of $2$ to $5$ and $17$ to make them both be either $1$ or $2$. The output is in ...
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Comment text truncated in timeline

The comment text in the timeline view (mod only) seems to be truncated on the right when the text is long enough to wrap. It looks as if the line width is miscalculated. The source comments that run ...
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Recover the first revision of a comment in the inbox

When someone addresses you in a comment, you'll get notified via your inbox with the first $x\le100$(?) letters of the comment. When you read the comment on the page, it could have been that the ...
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Unproductive complaining and arguing about others pedagogy

Please see the following discussion in the comments of my answer If $a > b$, is $a^2 > b^2$? I feel this style of slightly rude comments which contain much more subjective argumentation than ...
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MathJax in comment looks like nonsense, what's going on?

In this question, I have added a comment: $(a-p)^2+(4-a-q)^2 = a^2-2ap+p^2+(4-a)^2-2(4-a)q+q^2= a^2-2ap+(4-a)^2-2(4-a)q+1= ...$, does this help? But is looks like this: For your information: I'm ...
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Follow-up on previous question about comment-answered questions

Last week I asked this question on what the current policy is on comment-answered questions. I thought I had reached an understanding. The top answers expressed that if someone sees this, they should ...
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Is it proper to give MathJax suggestions in comments?

Frequently, I see users--often users with some $>1$ amount of reputation--who, while using MathJax, have some fairly annoying flaws: for example, $pi$ instead of $\pi$ or improper use of curly ...
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