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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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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 duplicate, or the system may have identified that link as a duplicate of the target that was eventually chosen. What is known is that when a vote to close-as-...

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It's fine to accept the solution. The commenter couldn't have had an expectation of getting anything by putting a solution in the comments, so nobody should feel like anything is lost. Accepting the solution also helps resolve the status of the post. Of course, kindly thanking the commenter wouldn't be a bad thing either :)

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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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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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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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Your question should have been closed; there is something like a policy: Proof Verification of Open Problems The point is questions like this fall into at least one of two categories: The questions is too broad. The paper is not worth the consideration. You can pick which one you prefer to assume in this case. On the removal of comments, just to ...

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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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As you've come to Meta to argue the merits of asking a Question on the main site, let's leave aside the issue of whether similar argument through Comments on the Question should be removed, though I hope in the future you will appreciate the virtue of having a polite discussion here as opposed to a heated discussion there. Entertain instead a discussion ...

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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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I just experimented and discovered that the time of posting display is a link to the specific comment. So you can obtain the URL by any of your favorite methods of doing so; e.g. in Chrome I can: Click on it, which will put the URL in the address bar Right click on it, and select "copy link address" (which I can then paste elsewhere) (note: this post ...

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Welcome to Math.SE. Your post and Comments are somewhat ambiguous about what you wanted to accomplish, e.g. post an Answer to the linked Question or merely to Comment on what is now a five and a half year old Question. Different amounts of reputation are required for these actions. Since the Question is "protected", one needs to have earned $10$ points ...

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Generated by @MartinSleziak's answer highlighted below. Here is the relevant link: https://normalhuman.github.io/stackmarklets/ Simply click and drag the desired link to your bookmarks toolbar. It is a duplicate indeed. Although it feels a bit weird to click "Thanks, that solved my problem", because it really doesn't, the accepted answer is what ...

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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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The flag options have changed in the seven and a half years since the previous answer. Nowadays you can flag as "No longer needed" and if sufficient people do that then the comment will be deleted with no need for moderators to get involved.

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