11 votes

Moderators: stop deleting benign comments!

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 ...
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Moderators: stop deleting benign comments!

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 ...
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9 votes

Moderators: stop deleting benign comments!

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: ...
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9 votes

New SE Chat Bot feature for identifying when Programmers is mentioned on Stack Overflow

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 ...
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7 votes

Unclear question is clarified in comment, later comment is deleted and contradictory clarification added to question

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 ...
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6 votes

Deleted comments

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 ...
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5 votes

Unclear question is clarified in comment, later comment is deleted and contradictory clarification added to question

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 ...
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5 votes

Can comments on deleted answers still be seen by the @user?

Unless the user has enough reputation to see a deleted post, I don't think they will be able to see the response. However, I'm not sure what the current state in logic is around notifications - they ...
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5 votes

Moderators: stop deleting benign comments!

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 ...
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5 votes
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How gnat has proper comment for almost every question?

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 ...
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4 votes

What Are Some Examples of Good "Guiding Comments" to Leave Users To Help Understand The Site?

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/)** ...
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4 votes
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Get people that have marked a question as a duplicate to review it since changes have been made

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 ...
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3 votes

Why was my comment deleted?

I didn't delete the comments on that question, so the mod who did would have to state their reasoning, but I would have also deleted that comment. Maybe not if I was just browsing the site, but if at ...
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3 votes

Should there be a pencil in edited comments?

The pencil shows that the comment has been edited, not that it is editable. If you can edit a comment there will be an "edit" link visible at the end after the time stamp.
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3 votes
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How do I get the text of a comment that was deleted by a mod?

Your comment was: An important reason why you should distinguish between C and C++ is that the underlying ideas of the languages are quite different nowadays. C++ has a focus on OO and uses RAII ...
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2 votes
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What happened to my comment?

It was due to the obsolete comments. I missed a few cleaning them up.
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2 votes

Are incomplete answers okay?

It's not incomplete. How does it answer the question? The question is: "How does one keep argument counts low and still keep third party dependencies separate?" The bulk of your answer is talking ...
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2 votes
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Can comments on deleted answers still be seen by the @user?

Notifications for comments posted in a deleted answer/question are shown between the inbox messages only when the comment was posted from a moderator. If the user receives emails for answers to his ...
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2 votes
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Why are comments on the original question locked on low rep?

In order to comment everywhere (on posts you don't own), you need 50 reputation. This is pretty standard across the board on Stack Exchange sites that have graduated beta (and I'm unsure what the ...
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1 vote

How to defend myself from the accusation of being rude.?

The user who called your answer "rude" probably misunderstood the intentions of your answer, so my recommendation here is, don't overthink this. To me your answer does not sound rude. BUT - to me, ...
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1 vote

Comment editor breaks some URLs

This is hitting an edge case with the markdown space forcer workaround. In order to remove it we have to rework the comment structure from tables to something nicer. I'm deferring this one for now.
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