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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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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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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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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? [duplicate]

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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negative comments on trivial answers

I often see questions completely answered in comments. Sometimes these are elaborate comments or even sequences of comments; in that case I suggest to the commenter that they should post their comment ...
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Editing comments to remove references to gender

This morning I discovered that an old answer of mine to a question about real life application of Linear Algebra had been transformed into a comment. I admit that the answer was not too serious: I ...
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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 ...
Davide Giraudo's user avatar
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Editing to remove a "Thank you" in a post [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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 ...
Kieren MacMillan's user avatar
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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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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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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 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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Treatment of comment-answered questions: what is the current policy as of February 2023?

I have noticed that quite a few questions tend to be answered in the comments. This was apparently observed $12$ years ago to a similar extent. These questions (unsurprisingly) tend to be on the ...
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Comment etiquette: Should one delete a comment about a minor error after correction has been made?

I recently commented on a solution and pointed out a small error; the author soon commented back, thanked me and corrected the error. He/she was perfectly nice, and I'm not asking the question because ...
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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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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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Why was this comment section deleted? [duplicate]

Over the past 24 hours, this question's comment section was summarily deleted. I do not understand why. No moderator left a comment explaining why comments were deleted. Clarification would be most ...
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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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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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Advise new users to stay engaged with their question

A number of times recently I've seen a new user drop a simple question (some bad, but some OK questions), and it's got some misunderstanding of what they're working on or a confusing explanation, ...
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Prompt OP to answer their own question?

Sometimes I find questions (e.g. this one) where after some back-and-forth in the comments OP answers their own question and appends their final answer to their question. In the interest of minimizing ...
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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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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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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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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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Mathematics or rules : prioritizing content of first replies on improvable posts

I have found myself bewildered by a meldrum-conundrum, and I suggest a way of getting out of it. So let's say we have a new user, a person who is getting used to the site and thus should be afforded a ...
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How should I (nicely) tell people they should answer my question rather than giving the answer in comments?

I know this isn't an issue specific with math.se, but this is one of the community where I feel like it is widespread. Take as an example my last question. I am basically asking "Is the result X ...
Anne Aunyme's user avatar
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Flagged duplicate "Does this answer your question?" text is misleading

Here's at least the second instance in which I have flagged a question as a duplicate, and the canned comment text "Does this answer your question?" elicits from the author of the duplicate question a ...
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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 ...
Qiaochu Yuan's user avatar
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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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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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Viewing LaTeX in a comment before posting

When I type up my answers in a text box similar to this, I am able to see what my answer will look like in a dotted rectangle right below this box, including all boldings, italics, and most especially ...
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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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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 it inappropriate to post a "Thank you" as a comment?

Whenever an MSE user posts an answer to one of my questions, I always have a tendency to first post a comment thanking the user for his/her response, and then proceed to discuss the response, and ...
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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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