I've noticed a trend on Programmers.SE, along with some other sites in the network, where a comment offering suggestions or critique to an answer often results in the answer's author spending a comment arguing the premise of the suggestion, rather than responding constructively or at least minimally.
The typical example would something as follows:
- Adam writes a question "Do CPU's handle bytes or just bits?".
- Barry writes a answer with room for improvement, perhaps in the form of a sonnet.
- Charles comments with a suggestion, such as "maybe don't write as a sonnet."
- Barry replies to Charles comment defending his choice, often with a "you should read my sonnet" line.
What should everyone do here? Should C and B have a multi-part discussion in their comments? Should B's "read my sonnet" line be flagged, by either A, C, or D ("Dave", who was just reading.). Should C delete his comment and try to re-state?