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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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Responding negatively to those folks who copy paste their homework assignments is just a waste of time. These people don't care how you react; they're looking for the one guy that will actually do their homework for them (some people will). Consequently, your negative comment will have no effect on the OP, and will only succeed in irritating your fellow ...


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Solution: Flag the rude comments, then move on.


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TL;DR: "Summer of Love" tries to solve not simply the wrong problem (very rare really bad comments are already self-policed well enough by community, and mildly rough ones more likely than not apply to content that is bad and should be deleted in the first place); but aims to offend and punish people who are trying to solve the right problem (Q&A ...


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Thank you for bring this up on meta. I am constantly seeing rude, snarky, condescending, and even hostile comments like these all over Programmers, and appreciate you taking the time to bring this issue to everyone's attention. Its not all users, but its enough users to make a noticeable difference in the site. I couldn't agree more with this If you don'...


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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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Please don't add "thanks" as answers. Invest some time in the site and you will gain sufficient privileges to upvote answers you like, which is the Programmers Meta way of saying thank you. Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. ...


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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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I use some variation of this one a lot when I see new users posting off-topic questions Hi Person, welcome to Programmers! Unfortunately, our site is a Q&A site for conceptual software development questions, and not a place to simply get answers from programmers about any topic. I am going to vote to close your question for being off-topic, ...


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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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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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I think you, and a lot of the others focused on the "summer of love," are suffering from confirmation bias. You believe there is a problem with rudeness, so you go out of your way to find it. There is always going to be a handful of rude people among the many, nothing can be done to stop that. This "rudeness epidemic" is something that should be handled by ...


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What kind reaction would you expect to a post looking like this? This question would surely be considered off-topic, but... A friend of mine who lives in France is going to marry soon. And we (his friends) are looking for a nice place to make a geek party somewhere in Central Europe. If someone has had an experience like this please let us know. Downvote,...


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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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I don't think it really needs a separate feature, since it's pretty easy to just click "add comment" after you flag. You can store and customize comments you leave most often using this user script, although I recommend still tailoring comments to the question when needed/possible. We could probably come up with the most common comments that apply to ...


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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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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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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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Well, I'd definitely use it :) Tailored comments would be preferable, and the user script Anna shared is more or less the feature as I want it, but I think there would be some value in assembling a list of template comments to better guide users write helpful comments (and use in the script). I'm always struggling with my English, several of my comments ...


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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 short ...


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As a regular user, I have begun using this comment: Welcome to Programmers! Please check out the [FAQ], as it seems like your question is off-topic here. Perhaps [SO] is a better place to find your answer? My goal with this comment is to remove any possible negative tone, and be as constructive as possible. It's also short and easy to remember. Of course,...


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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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