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First, is there a way to insert line-breaks into a comment? This is often frustrating me because the comments are sometimes quite unreadable without line-breaks.

It would be also nice if [Enter] didn't submit the comment; this still surprises me sometimes and makes me add unfinished comment. (I don't believe it can be changed though).

More generally, is there some nice FAQ or other resource where one can learn everything about the site's user interface?

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  • $\begingroup$ You may want to try modifying Tim's greasemonkey script posted at meta.SO $\endgroup$ – Tobias Kienzler Dec 6 '10 at 9:23
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you; but fortunately Input methods, spellcheckers and such aren't really a problem for me. And after reading the reasoning about [Enter] at SO (that comments should behave like chat), I think I am even starting to like the feature :-) $\endgroup$ – Marek Dec 6 '10 at 10:54
  • $\begingroup$ my point was you could probably use that script as a starting point to catch and ignore Enter. Yeah, I'm also starting to get used to it... $\endgroup$ – Tobias Kienzler Dec 6 '10 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Tobias: yeah, I understood that. I was just saying that the technical reasons are not really issue for me (at least right now). It's just a matter of habit. $\endgroup$ – Marek Dec 6 '10 at 16:01
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I think the theory is that if a 'comment' is long enough and has enough structure to require paragraphs (i.e. line breaks), then it should really be answer.

Personally, I quite like that it just takes [Enter] to submit comments. This is a recent change in the user interface of this site, and makes comment writing a bit quicker, in the case where one leaves many short comments (as I often do). [Shift-Enter] still gives you a normal line-break (only visible in the editor).

Finally, the set of faq-tagged questions on Meta StackOverflow you may find quite helpful. These are generally large community-wiki style questions detailing various aspects of StackExchange sites, dating back to the early days of StackOverflow (but updated a lot since).

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't get that theory. Comments often address specific parts of answers or questions and don't really make sense as a separate answers. E.g. this one of mine. But leaving more short comments solves the problem, I guess. Also the [Shift-Enter] is useful. Thanks for all the tips! $\endgroup$ – Marek Dec 4 '10 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Marek: No prob. I can see why you're not a fan of it. Especially if you come from a background of using forum/thread-based sites where comment-replies are on equal footing with answers. I think if you ask the StackExchange designers, they'll say it's all part of the philosophy/design... $\endgroup$ – Noldorin Dec 4 '10 at 16:32
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First, is there a way to insert line-breaks into a comment?

No there isn't.

It would be also nice if [Enter] didn't submit the comment; this still surprises me sometimes and makes me add unfinished comment.

Pressing Enter in comment box unexpectedly submits form

More generally, is there some nice FAQ or other resource where one can learn everything about the site's user interface?

You may ask a question in https://meta.stackoverflow.com/.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. So I gather meta.SO is the main site to ask about all of SE? Kind of strange. $\endgroup$ – Marek Dec 4 '10 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Marek: Since meta.SE was already occupied for SE 1.0 sites. $\endgroup$ – kennytm Dec 4 '10 at 17:48

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