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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 only delete comments. Comments moved to chat are not deleted, just less visible. Chat is public and permanent¹. Information is not lost there. Chat allows for ...


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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 comment authors – going by comments that add nothing to existing comments. In fact I would wager that the only people who read all the comments on the answer in ...


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First, thanks for raising this issue… though I do not exactly like the choice of words in your title and some of your post, it is an interesting issue of site policy, and something we should indeed discuss as a community. I'll add a short answer here, as moderator of two other sites somewhat related to Academia SE (similar clientele): Chemistry SE (which I ...


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My quick thoughts: I would definitely leave in comments that highlight parts of the answer, as they reinforce the message of the answer and indicate why it's important. A simple "Thanks!" or "+1. Nice answer." that doesn't really contribute anything probably can go. Comments should at least be left up for a day or so, unless it's clear that they've already ...


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And for the last 2-3: could you write them (I don't have access to them) and present some rationale? I think it's useful for the the community to see what kinds of comments get flagged, and why. So here goes (these are listed most recent first): Comment: "@DeboraWeber-Wulff It would be cool to carry a scythe." Post: Presentation time is out in a ...


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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 answer, or just upvote them? Should I revise my answers based on comments? If so, how to properly attribute? Comment subsumption etiquette How to encourage people ...


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@Fomite's answer explains my perspective very well. But let me amplify a bit: My dealings with this user are based on a pattern of behavior beyond any one posting. I think this is only rational. When someone behaves badly enough on a forum to be censured, then comes back and starts evincing the same behavior again, it would be strange not to keep the ...


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I usually don't post these Welcome messages because, well, I see no real purpose to them, and if there is a policy to post them always, the entire exercise becomes incredibly fake and dishonest fast. I have no quarrels with a policy of always welcoming new users, but frankly I remain unconvinced that this will make new users somehow feel more at home more ...


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The first thing it does is throwing a professor title in front of TheDoctor. I find it a highly questionable behavior. Is the argument here "aeismail is correct because he is a professor"? I am pretty certain, the argument here is only that Aeismail should not be called young padawan learner because he is a professor. By the way, I think that nobody on ...


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I am a bit puzzled by the way the discussion has evolved. In my view, aeismail's comment is sloppy, since it just claims that this is not "correct usage", without backing up the claim with a reference. It is basically equivalent to writing "you are wrong". This is not how a polite discussion should start. It is, perhaps, not the best comment aeismail has ...


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Yes—and no. Yes, you acted inappropriately in the sense that the discussion was still very much ongoing at the time. I would not delete informative comments so quickly—you have to allow people the chance to read them at the time that the discussion is going on. Otherwise, you could remove useful information which might actually lead to improved questions ...


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Obsolete comments relating to moderation of questions are one of the primary reasons why comments should not be viewed as permanent. Comments such as "I think this should be reopened" serves no use once the question has been reopened. If there is "non-meta" content in the comment, that's a different issue, but purely meta comments shouldn't be regarded as "...


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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 comments are shown on the page. Adding a "thank-you" comment could push down a more meaningful comment and make it harder to find on the page, like the comment ...


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I normally (on all SE sites), post welcome messages of the form. "Welcome to X.SE. Your question is a bit too Y for our format. You could improve it by doing Z." The welcome message is not there to welcome them, but to soften the blow when giving (constructive) criticism. So as not to drive the new user away, while they are still learning the ropes.


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I usually welcome the OP if I have something to say in the comment. But I guess it's to everyone's taste. If this is to become a trend then the only annoyance would be skipping one more line of comments, which is not a big deal. There are a few thoughts: Most of the time when I see those "welcome" comments they are from users with, say, around 100-200 ...


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I'll repost here as standalone post (not a good practice in general, but we're on Meta!) a comment I left earlier when Pete asked “is the site doing just fine?”. By all the metrics we have, yes… growing user back, growing number of frequent flyers, very good self-evaluations, me being very happy. Like all metrics, these should be take with a grain of salt ...


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I'm coming late to this party, but I am puzzled by the desire to remove comments. If a comment thread starts getting excessively involved, the system automatically encourages people to move to chat. If they still don't want to, is that so terrible ? I agree that a comment might reference an edit that once made makes the comment moot. But in such cases I've ...


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There's a general principle on Stack Exchange sites that comments should be considered ephemeral and will be removed without warning or notification when the community feels they are not helpful or no longer needed. This is global across the whole Stack Exchange network and the SE staff have shown no signs of considering changing this. So if you want to ...


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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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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 on point. The main issue that I see as a moderator is your point The deletion of the comments thus seems quite detrimental to a high-quality discussion and ...


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At least for me, it is (for some reason) psychologically easier to just drop into a question a leave a short comment than to write an answer. If I write an actual answer, I usually try to put down at least ~15 minutes of writing time (I try to not write very short answers), and sometimes I just don't have the time. For comments, 5 seconds are enough. ...


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The reason is that one-sentence answers are frowned upon as independent answers on Stack Exchange sites. Therefore people tend to view material that firs into a comment as too short to be a free-standing answer. I don't think there's an easy fix for this, as it's a cultural issue.


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I think welcoming new users with a comment is fine. I think it is also fine to flag welcome comments as "too chatty" a few days later. At that point the comment has served most of its purpose (i.e., welcoming the new user). I guess the argument for keeping it longer, is to let other new users know we are welcoming. I tend to only welcome new users when I ...


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Couple of things. I don't believe I deleted any comments. I simply moved them to a chat room. I left a few comments that I thought were directly relevant and not yet addressed by answers. As for Omen. I asked in chat about the comments and what we should do since at that point there were not a lot of flags on the question, but I felt uncomfortable with the ...


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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 system. I had a related issue recently. I posted a comment on an answer explaining my vote and ways to improve the answer, and the comment received several dozen ...


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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 question is not a good fit for our format. Note the caveats: High-quality. Since there is no opportunity to downvote comments, this proposal does not extend to low-...


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Comments are ephemeral. They are there to ask for clarifications on a question or an answer. Once they've served that purpose, they can be deleted. If they don't attempt to do that, they can be deleted. That's how comments are designed here on Stack Exchange. There are occasions where a comment can help point out an egregious error in an answer; often, a ...


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I was the one who declined those flags. The main reason I declined this one was due to the nature of the post; these heartfelt comments can really make a difference when someone's in a tough spot, and my snap judgment call was that it was worth leaving them. That said, in any other context these are definitely worthy of deletion for the reason you cited, ...


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Looking at the question history, it shows that text as having been present in the original comment. My guess is that when you copy/pasted the answer text, you selected the up/down vote arrows as well. When you copy/paste those, you'll see the number of downvotes in the text. Try it yourself.


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