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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 from others viewing them. I feel like that rule is more lax in terms of the asker saying it to someone else; I know I've done it a few times. I guess the only ...


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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 understand. Isn't every $X$ a $Y$ when we are in a $Z$? User 1: "No, that only holds for specific $Z$'s." User 2: "Ok, thanks!" All such comments ...


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I am sorry for the frustration, but it is of nobody's doing, specifically. The automatic comment posted upon a vote to close as a duplicate or also a flag as duplicate, the current case, gets automatically deleted by the software once the vote takes effect, because it is considered as redundant. As a general principle comments that are no longer essential ...


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I have always used AutoReviewComments with great pleasure. It sounds like it would exactly fit your wishes. It is completely configurable using a text editor, using which you can easily include your favourites from the list of comment templates. As an aside, to save you time copy-pasting in general, you could look into using a clipboard history like ClipX. ...


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Yes, comments are often removed by moderators without notice, often in response to a flag on the comment by some user. Indeed, this is one of the main activities of moderators. Many of these removal are also harmless. The reason for removal is merely that the comment is not (or not anymore) necessary, at some point this was called "too chatty" it now ...


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I think it depends a bit more on the specifics and the timeline than your question suggests. In the specific case, it is not clear what the final state of the thread will be. As we discuss this, the question is "on hold," but it might be improved and reopened. Moreover, we are not really talking about a repost of a comment as an answer. It seems more that ...


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Moderators can edit comments. Thus, if one comes across a broken comment one can flag the comment "something else" and point out that there is broken formatting and request a fix. This is perfectly acceptable and we usually will try to do what we can to restore the comment. However, please, do not flood us with such request. Instead, focus on things you ...


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Most of us have experienced a time when someone asked a question during class or a talk, then followed up with a further question, then another, until the speaker has to ask them to discuss the issue personally after the talk or during office hours, for the sake of moving on. This is a very similar situation to what is envisioned by extended discussion. ...


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What to do when someone ask for a mistake, comment indicating where he made the mistake or answer indicating where he made the mistake? If what they seek is the mistake, and you wish to state what that mistake is, I would post that as an answer - preferably with an analysis of why this is a mistake, and perhaps a hint or nudge at how to correct it if the ...


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Moderators can only delete, dismiss, or edit a comment. We can't even add a reason if it was helpful or unhelpful. While you can retract (and reflag) posts, you cannot do that for comments. So in the case of comments, I might disagree with the flag, as a whole, but agree that the comment should be deleted. The reason I decline in such cases is to signal ...


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Yes, it is possible to comment on "on hold" questions. It is good practice to guide users towards improving their questions. It is not good practice to answer "on hold" question in comments, though.


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I think the confusion that there are two questions: the maths problem "Where did I go wrong?" The questioner is asking the second of these, and it should be answered in an Answer. This gives you space to explain properly, keeps answers in Answers, and lets the questioner accept it if they feel it does the job. And if they weren't making a mistake but are ...


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How to deal with question answered only in comments, when wanting to help clean up “unanswered questions”? Typically, what I've heard and occasionally done would be thus: Write the essential details from the comments into an answer post. Do give credit where credit is due, naming those who provided the relevant details in your post. Add any useful details ...


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There is already a significant amount of discussion regarding answering in comments in meta, but since you put up some specific points, I think it may be useful to address them. All "situations where this might happen" are undesirable, in my opinion. Before explaining why, let me preface by saying that many of us (inclunding me) is guilty of the sin of ...


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Let me first answer the two questions directly: Is there any way to get aware of such a comment-deletion? There is no functionality on the site to get alerted to comment-deletions. You have to check. Likely, somebody could write a script to check automatically, but that's a bit orthogonal. Is there any way to reply a feedback comment such that the ...


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My own preference for really simple cases like this is to copy the comment to a answer, and mark it "Community Wiki", so that I'm not stealing credit for anyone else's work, but the answer ends up where it belongs, where OP can "Accept" it and close out the question. If the comment's in the middle of a long comment trail, OP (or other readers) may miss it, ...


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This would require a change in the Stack Exchange platform. The proposal has been considered before and rejected by the Stack Exchange team. The primary reason is that: we don't want people to answer in comments; that's considered an undesirable practice. And, we don't want to build in site features that encourage undesirable practices. What should you ...


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