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Why do we need to avoid to thank somebody?

The comment you sketch is fine. This is not what is meant. What is meant is that one should not post "Thanks!!!!!!!!!!", "This is so interesting.", "Best answer ever!" on every other good post one ...
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What to do when someone tells you something like this in her/his comment and then deletes the comment?

You should flag for moderator attention and explain what's up. Mods can check the history and see even those things which have been deleted. You should absolutely not engage with that user in any ...
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What's the best way to thank good commentators?

You should tell them to convert their comments into an answer (preferably a full answer). Then you can upvote that answer, accept it... Comments are not meant for hints or answers; they're meant for ...
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Why do we need to avoid to thank somebody?

Let me begin by saying that I'm not disagreeing with quid. Generally, comments with "Thanks!!!!!" are entirely useless. The "guideline" that you cite, is a network-wide guideline, and the MSE culture ...
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Is it rude to tag someone in the comments of an old post and politely ask them to check out your new question related to another post?

"Rude" is maybe a strong word, but it is certainly discouraged. If you do it once, likely nothing much negative will happen. But as a rule please do not do this. An exception might be if the ...
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negative comments on trivial answers

Unfortunately, I think that some appropriate uses of CW is lost on a lot of users who are reviewing CW posts flagged, inappropriately, as NAA or "this is at most a comment....", and on the flaggers as ...
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Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

The whole point of stack exchange is to build a high quality collection of questions and answers for a given subject. If you think of things in these terms, it is irrelevant how old a question is. If ...
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showing gratitude for a very helpful / detailed answer?

Also when writing a comment it explicitly states to avoid comments like "thanks" or so. Based on what I've seen, it's more a warning because some popular questions would net hundreds of such comments ...
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I voted mistakenly to close as duplicate. When I realised my mistake, my comment explaining why was deleted.

Your Comment contained a link to an older Question. Although this Question was not the final target chosen by voting to close-as-duplicate, someone may have voted to consider that target the ...
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Comment etiquette: Should one delete a comment about a minor error after correction has been made?

Delete your comment, flag any associated comments for deletion. A toy example: User 1: "I think there is a mistake on the third paragraph. Not every $X$ is a $Y$!" User 2: "Sorry, I don't ...
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Is it no longer considered OK to post a comment of more than 600 characters as an answer?

In the spirit of the question: This started life as more of an extended comment than an answer. I think it has morphed into an answer now though. Math.SE seems to be based around the idea that every ...
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How should I (nicely) tell people they should answer my question rather than giving the answer in comments?

What I do: I leave a comment asking them to write it as an answer, so people can upvote and accept their answer. Hopefully this gives them some incentive to do so. If you want, you can also let them ...
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Etiquette for flagging a comment that points out a (corrected) typo?

The typo-comments you mentioned fall precisely under "no longer relevant." Please do flag them. It is also appropriate to flag comments that had asked for clarification that was later provided. ...
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When should one not edit their own questions?

Here are three options. Just make the edit. Better: make the edit, and leave a comment thanking the other user for drawing your attention to the problem. Best (in my opinion): make the edit, and ...
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Let's discuss this in chat ...

The "Let's discuss this in chat..." invitation is a "canned" line that the Stack Exchange software produces automatically when the exchange of comments between two users passes a ...
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Dealing with answers in comments.

If you answer a few questions that get closed, you get a note from the Moderation Team, telling you to stop doing that. If you answer a few more questions that get closed, you get suspended. If, ...
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Is undelete of comments already deleted.. possible?

Moderators can undeleted comments that were not deleted by the users. Namely, if you posted a comment and you deleted it, then moderators cannot undelete it. If, on the other hands, a moderator ...
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Copy and pasting answers from comments

If it is a pure copy-paste of someone else comment, I think one should usually do all three of the below (although I personally do not care much for it being made CW), and at the very least one of ...
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Prompt OP to answer their own question?

To quote user Arctic Char: Yes, and many users do that often. Indeed, we have made a comment template for such a situation. The following can be directly copied and pasted. ...
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List of comment templates

Gender Neutral Language Not everyone who does mathematics is a man. Consider using gender neutral language such as "they" and "person" instead of "he" and "sir" when talking about other users. <...
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Flagged duplicate "Does this answer your question?" text is misleading

In principle, I have no issue with the new language, i.e. "Does this answer your question? [link]" The premise is that the asker is the best qualified person to determine whether or not their ...
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Can users not call another anonymous user a "nut-case" due to said anon-user's upvote or a downvote?

The post raises a valid concern. Some users have the habit of complaining rudely about unidentified other users, e.g., "the downvoter", "those that upvoted this" etc., in ways they might not ...
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Treatment of comment-answered questions: what is the current policy as of February 2023?

TL;DR: please flag answers in the comments for moderator review. The assumption of the answer which was written 12 years ago is that the question itself is welcome on the site, and that the commenter ...
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Why do people answer the question in the comment section?

I largely agree with everything Hurkyl said. Since people have asked me why I do this let me add a few points. When I do this, often it is because I think the question is total turkey shoot. If I ...
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List of comment templates

A more constructive comment for promoting better questions. I would like to inform you that while Stack Exchange is a Q&A site, more than just a question is expected from the asker. Try to focus ...
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What does "Comments may only be edited for 5 minutes" mean?

Comments are second-class citizens on the StackExchange network. As such, they are only allowed to be edited in a short five minutes window. If your edit was submitted outside this window, you will ...
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Editing comments to remove references to gender

No, this isn't a general SE policy at work. It's the result of flag handling. There was a party that found the answer offensive, and while I didn't particularly find it offensive myself, I could see ...
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Treatment of comment-answered questions: what is the current policy as of February 2023?

Anyone who sees such a thing may copy the answer into an Answer box (with credit, we hope) and thus reap the reputation points awarded to it. Or the downvotes, if appropriate.
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Comments that suggest reposting to an ill-suited SE site: to flag or not to flag?

Yes, it is reasonable to flag such comments. Inappropriate suggestions to migrate a question to/re-ask a question on some other site can be a serious bother. You should ask inhabitants of Programmers ...
Daniel Fischer's user avatar
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Is deletion of unnecessary comments a common practice here?

It is good practice to delete one's comments that are not relevant anymore. For comments by others that are not relevant anymore you can flag them as "obsolete," which will usually result in eventual ...
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