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I'm surprised that although you appear to be genuinely annoyed by this you haven't been flagging the comments. We (the moderators) can't read every comment on the site, and unless the community notify us through flags, we'll probably be the last to know that something bad is happening. Comments are, by their nature, ephemeral. They aren't supposed to stay ...


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Solution: Flag the rude comments, then move on.


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I do feel that in many circumstances there exists a gap in our definition of what is a "useful" comment that should be preserved. Chatting back and forth I think we can all agree belongs in a chat room because most of it is non-relevant or it involves two or more people discussing aspects of the question or answer that could hopefully lead to an improved ...


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Aside from the relative merit of using sonnets to answer a question, the guiding principle is this: Comments are for clarifying questions and answers, or asking for clarification. Any other use makes them subject to removal. If the comments are anything but that, cast a flag against them, and a moderator will remove them if they are onerous. The key on ...


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Just a thought. It might be more useful to search for terms rather than only the word "programmers", so that you're more likely to only get comments referencing this site. I don't know how often programmers is mentioned on StackOverflow, but I imagine it can be quite often since it's a site based on programming. For example, searching for the terms: "for ...


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I enjoy this site because of the collaboration with other people. Much of that collaboration occurs in comments on questions and answers. Moderators are expected to have the following attributes: are patient and fair lead by example show respect for their fellow community members in their actions and words are open to some light but firm moderation to keep ...


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Speaking personally - and not directly about this case as I didn't handle any flags here or delete any comments - I don't go looking for comments to delete. I will only delete comments in response to flags, be they the automatic flags we get (too many comments, rude, etc.) or ones raised by other users. My view is that if someone has decided that a comment ...


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Rudeness and offensive comments are absolutely not tolerated and should be flagged for moderator attention. We take this kind of thing very seriously. With that being said I think the "welcome" you have received here may have been because of your tenacity in being heard, your strong convictions about what you feel is right and wrong, and your passionate ...


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I deleted your comments on this answer. Comments are ephemeral, they are not supposed to stick around for ever, and yours had clearly outlived their purpose. Also, comments are expected to meet our guidelines for behavior, including being nice.


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First off: they are not fully lost. Users with more than 10k rep will be able to see the question if they have the link to it. Second deleting it avoids the "broken window" effect. Or in other words because low quality crud remains on the site, it causes users to think that posting low quality crud is acceptable.


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Your depression largely stems from the fact that you've arrived at Stack Exchange with some invalid assumptions, premises and preconceived judgments, which you probably obtained by participating in other online forums. Stack Exchange doesn't seek to be a "me too" forum. In fact, the goals are quite the opposite. Where forums will allow you to post almost ...


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Before editing the question, I would probably edit the answer, and explain why it answers a slightly different question than the one which was asked (refering to the deleted comment and the edit). It is not unlikely that others, when trying to find information about related topics, find your answer still useful, even if it does not fit to the last version of ...


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Bashing specific languages, tools or technologies is absolutely off topic here and we have closed many questions and quite some answers for doing so (or even trying to start a civilized discussion on advatages vs. disadvantages). Actually I can't really follow your view on this, since Programmers and the other StackExchange sites have far less problems ...


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The problems that you mention come from a misuse of comments. Comments meant to point out issues with or suggestions for the post that they are attached to. They should be used if the question needs additional information or to ask about what has already been tried or to elaborate on points that someone answering would need to know about to provide a better, ...


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Your comment was deleted after being flagged as offensive. Two things might have happened here: The comment received 6 offensive flags by regular users and was deleted automatically, The comment received n < 6 offensive flags, and a fellow moderator validated them. Unfortunately what is logged is the username of the last regular user who flagged the ...


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The comment in your example is not quite typical. It is copied from Workplace meta. They get this particular kind of troublesome questions much more often than Programmers, that's why they invested extra effort into writing detailed description of what's specifically wrong with it. As for the nice tone of this comment, this is, again, kind of a brand mark ...


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This is a tough one. One option would be to edit the question after getting the clarification in a comment. You can even use the edit description to note that the clarification edits were derived from a comment. If there's any dispute, mods can see deleted comments on a question and untangle the mess. If the comment/edit were wrong and there are good answers,...


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As far as I know, there's no notification. However, if I get a notice of a large number of comments posted on a question or a flag against a comment, I'll also remove other associated/replying comments that don't add value so that the ones left make sense. There's no real penalty, as long as you aren't abusive of comments, where abusive means frequent use of ...


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Here's an example comment I leave to a blatant, zero effort homework dump: recommended reading: **[Open letter to students with homework problems](http://meta.programmers.stackexchange.com/q/6166/)** "...If your question on Programmers.SE is just a copy paste of homework problem, expect it to be downvoted, closed, and deleted - potentially in quite ...


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I cleaned up comments that were wrong or chatty on that question. Although freelancing and business concerns are indeed on-topic, there's also a section in the FAQ that says: Please make sure your question uniquely applies to programmers in general: The concept of NDAs apply equally to other professions, making your comment incorrect. Comments on ...


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You can use this query. If you're logged in it should autofill the UserId parameter. The text parameter uses SQL syntax. For example, if you want to search for "SQL" anywhere in your comment, enter "%SQL%".


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If you see something that doesn't agree with you on this site with regards to content or user actions, then please flag for a community moderator. That is why we are here so that you don't have to go to StackExchange directly with questions like this. If something we see needs to be addressed that is outside of our control then we will contact ...


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Comments are not for extended discussion or conversations, even about topics addressed in the post. Comments are for three things: requesting clarification, leaving constructive criticism, or adding minor additional information that may not be easily editable into the post. In addition, once a point has been clarified or criticisms addressed, the comment ...


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The only thing that I can think of is to use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer. Comments are second-class citizens and aren't searchable, not well-index by Google, and extended discussions can be cleaned up with no warning (moderators are alerted to any post with large numbers of comments and can remove any comments that are noisy).


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The ordering of comments is always oldest to newest. If there are a "lot" (for some value of "lot" I'm not sure of) of comments then comments with low or no votes are hidden, but the order remains the same. As Thomas points out - if there are a lot of comments then that's a bad sign. You should be having that conversation in chat and, if necessary, ...


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Preventing the "What language should I use?" questions has probably done more to curtail this than anything else, but monitoring and group feedback also benefit it. There are some questions where the OP is trying to use a particular language for a task it was unintended or not as suitable as others. It may not be the ideal answer, but it is professional to ...


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