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Why do the moderators move comments to chat and how should I behave afterwards?

The mechanics of moving comments to chat If a post received twenty comments in three days, an automatic moderator flag is raised. Moderators can move comments to chat only once. After this, they can ...
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What should be done about highly controversial answers which attract many comments?

First of all It […] deprives the community at large of important follow-up content. Almost nobody wants to read a discussion spanning twenty or more comments. This apparently even applies to ...
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Should I incorporate someone else’s comment into my answer?

Yes, you should incorporate information from comments into your answer if you think it will improve the quality of your answer! Also see (on Meta SE): Should I incorporate useful comments into my ...
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Why were my comments deleted?

The comments in question stated: You: Step zero — pick your ancestors wisely. OP: Can you explain what it means? You: The thinking castes are not merely educated, they are the result of centuries ...
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Should I leave multiple comments to say thank you to professors who commented on my question?

Short thank-you comments are generally frowned upon by the Stack Exchange. The 15-character minimum aims to keep comments substantive. Some other things to consider: On the main site, only five ...
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Should I leave multiple comments to say thank you to professors who commented on my question?

A simple "thanks" comment is considered "chatty." A comment that explains why you think an answer is useful, however, would be OK, as it clarifies and furthers the utility of the answer.
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What should be done about highly controversial answers which attract many comments?

I know your answer has been controversial and you received a lot of both positive and negative comments. You have handled that, often hostile, feedback well. Your responses to the feedback have been ...
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Which kinds of answers in comments (if any) do we want to keep?

We should keep high-quality answers-as-comments on closed questions when there is little overlap between the answers and the comments. In such cases, we can offer advice to the OP even if their ...
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What should be done about highly controversial answers which attract many comments?

The answer is simple, of course. The comments should be moved into the existing chat. If the moderator can't because comments can only be moved once, then this strikes me as a serious flaw in the ...
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Double suggestions on comment

The reason is that there are two accounts with the same display name and they both commented under your question. It might be the same user who created two accounts (maybe they lost the credentials of ...
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How should we deal with good answers given just as comments?

My approach is generally to prod people who leave good comments into making them into answers, with sentences like "@username, if you posted that as an answer I would definitely upvote it!" That seems ...
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Getting points or reputation for comments on academia.SE

Comments are often abused. There's no agreement on how to use them and they often end up playing host to side discussions, critical commentary, or (more often than not) memes. On the moderating side, ...
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Should I incorporate someone else’s comment into my answer?

You can incorporate information from comments into your own answer, provided that you make it clear who wrote the comment. In fact, the footer of every page on a Stack Exchange site says: USER ...
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What should be done about highly controversial answers which attract many comments?

The answer by @Wrzlprmft states Almost nobody wants to read a discussion spanning twenty or more comments. Come on. Almost everybody wants to read a discussion spanning twenty or more comments. ...
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Which kinds of answers in comments (if any) do we want to keep?

Generic, brief comment answers should be kept, including but not limited to those on questions that are otherwise closed for off-topic/too-specific reasons Examples would be general advice to seek ...
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How should we deal with good answers given just as comments?

I very like Stella Biderman's approach, which is also probably the more common here. I don't like when someone copies a comment into an answer, without adding anything, just to avoid leaving a ...
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How do I find out which user I had this conversation with?

The only comment you made or that was @ addressed to you that wasn't copied to the chat room was one made to https://academia.stackexchange.com/users/13301/gillonba They do not seem to be in the room ...
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Answers in comments

"I'm not happy with that solution, however, because it ends up throwing away the associated comment-votes" Good! You should be happy, you are doing the question (and Academia) a favour! Answers as ...
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