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You mean automatically convert a link to the question title? No, that's not possible. You can, however, use the markdown syntax to do it manually: [Links in comments](https://softwareengineering.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2478/links-in-comments) => Links in comments


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I say comments should stay around forever. In fact, I think that fewer comments need to be deleted overall. Comments serve as kind of a record of how the answer developed. Sure, some of the comments might not be relevant, but the dialog that they capture shows how an answer is understood and (if it's edited) evolves over time. It tells a story that the edit ...


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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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Disclaimer: in this answer, I'm assuming comments' content is not offensive, insulting, or otherwise not in keeping with the spirit of the "Be nice" guideline. I think there are two things to tackle here: automatic deletion of comments; manual deletion of comments and removal of some discussions. Should we automatically delete comments after some time? ...


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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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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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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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One of the best thing is that here you can find real people, sharing your interests and job experience. It's a human site, not a bunch of computer data like you can find on wikis. Ok, I have two questions now: Have you ever participated in an actual forum? Because, man, those things can be great for sharing interests and job experiences. Someone starts a ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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The focus of all Stack Exchange sites is the question and the answer, not the interaction between the people. Jeff and co have resisted many attempts to turn the sites into social networks and I agree with this. There are plenty of other places on the internet to chat. That's one of the reasons why Stack Overflow succeeded and allowed the model to expand to ...


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I agree with Thomas. Comments often contain good supporting (or refuting) points related to the answer, or contain other valuable nuggets of information who's worth may not be immediately evident. I've spent many years on the net digging up hints to solving obscure programming problems - and I cant tell you how many times an 'answer' or an important 'clue' ...


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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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