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Why is non-English content apparently allowed on this website?

On one of the posts in the main Q&A site, there is a comment which is written in a foreign language, certainly not in English: Per the network's global policies, having language-specific sites as ...
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Trying to ping users in comments: @username disappears

Usually the site allows me to tag an individual member at the start of a comment by typing @username, but sometimes it does not recognise the name and the string beginning with @ is automatically ...
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My comment was deleted while an identical, later posted comment was kept?

The post in question is: Mathematical Expression of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle I had commented that the question was a duplicate question and then provided the link. A few minutes later ...
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Flagging non-mainstream comments in questions and answers

In this question Why doesn't a photon state have to be infinite in length? in the answer given by [user A] there is a comment by [user B] that is advertising his/her personal theory on photons. I ...
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Usage of comments

I am aware of the temporary nature of comments in phys.SE (and generally in the SE network) and their primary scope to ask for/point out clarifications on a post, or to suggest edits. However, upon a ...
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Is there a rule against being overly persistent and inquisitive in comments?

I have only asked about five questions on the site so far, and about 15 questions across the English Language & Usage, Chemistry, Blender, Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy Stack ...
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Do you have to be responsive to comments on your question to get good answers?

Do you have to keep looking at the site to look at the comments and respond to them?
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Who has the power to delete comments?

Today I commented to this question because it had "particle" in the tags, which I edited out and left a comment to that effect. Of course the revised final does not have "particle" ...
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Comments sent to chat and addition of a new comment after that

In this closed question, the comments were moved by @rob to a chat. I was not interested in chatting, I just wanted to make an observation on the question itself, so I wrote a comment, which I found ...
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Do you think downvote feedbacks would contribute to the site?

This topic was discussed many times before but I hope to inspect it a bit differently. I think it would be awesome if everybody knew why a question was down-voted. That way everyone could see the ...
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Helping out in comments, when the question is too weak

I encounter quite often questions that are based on poor research, misunderstanding basic definitions, and likewise. In my opinion such questions should be closed rather than answered. Nevertheless, ...
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How can I accomplish the removal of comments by another participant, on an answer I had posted, that might be considered derogatory?

About 24 hours ago, I posted an edit to my answer to a PSE question concerning the time when interstellar travel (in any form, or, at least, without specification of its form) might have begun: As ...
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What's the criteria for a comment "no longer needed" flag?

Reading the answer by SuperCiocia to this question Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?, I learned about the comment flag for "no longer needed". I thought this was ...
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Should we refrain from using canned comments when reviewing?

Since the review queue update, I have seen multiple instances of the following situation: a new user asks/answers a question, a reviewer finds the question unclear or lacking sufficient detail and ...
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Confusing message from new review queue?

The answer here (in which a new user posted an elaboration on their question as an answer) has the following comment from the Community bot, presumably due to its review in the new "First Answers&...
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What happens when upvoting the automatic comment indicating duplicate?

When flagging a question as a duplicate, a comment appears under that post: "Does this answer your question?..." I have noticed that sometimes this comment has been upvoted. Also I have ...
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Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?

This is how flagging is described in help centre: Flagging is a way of bringing inappropriate content to the attention of the community. Are comments like, "Thank you","Good question&...
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How to react to comments containing compliments, criticism, etc.?

On this site it says that comments should not contain compliments, criticism etc.. Now if I see such a comment is it better to add another comment making the user aware of the linked site, which would ...
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Keeping track of “abuse” (or other) flags?

Do PSE mods (or SE more generally) keep track of comments deleted for “ harassment, bigotry, or abuse”. Should they? If yes, are there consequences for repeat offenders?
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Comment removed bizarrely and unprofessionally

One of my comments on the following answer was removed: https://physics.stackexchange.com/a/651684/21299. I clearly remember posting to ask @Qmechanic whether their (novel to me) Dirac delta appears ...
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Quick to comment, but never a reply

Why do people comment, with a derogatory statement, almost immediately, but then fail to reply or interact with me, the author, thus degrading the question entirely? Why do that to someone else? I ...
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When there is a large number of comments, why not rearrange them as pages?

When there is a large number of comments, why not arrange them as pages instead of moving them to chat area? At the bottom of the comment area, just leave a sequence of numbers from 1 to the last page ...
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Is it okay to get into a long to and fro discussion in the comments?

Is it okay to get into a long to and fro discussion in the comments, with the user asking the question? If that is not okay, then where can we discuss? I have seen some comment threads are imported ...
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Why is an answer sometimes given in the comments?

After answering this question I noticed this comment that says pretty much the same thing I said. Should I delete my answer because the comment was posted first? Should the commentator have written ...
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Is it possible to know why a question vanished from my "recent inbox messages"?

I have been for several days discussing a question with the asker using comments. Yesterday a message appeared asking me if I wanted to move the discussion to a chat. I asked the question asker if he ...
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Is there a way to find where I have made some comments earlier or recently?

It would be better if someone can tell me a way through which I can find the post by myself rather than being completely dependent on moderators or the Stack Exchange team. Any suggestions?
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Another thread about deleted comments

This question is entitled If there is an infinite number of universes doesn't that mean there is a universe where there is not an infinite number of parallel universes?. I downvoted this question ...
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Should comments be used for providing "helpful hints"?

I often see users, including moderators, leaving "helpful hints" comments on various posts. They could be posted on off-topic homework problems pointing the user in the right direction on ...
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Problem with deletion of comments

Someone decided to delete all comments posted under my question here: Do "almost black holes" exist? This is insane, there were valuable comments. They should have been moved to chat if they ...
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Comments to point out errors in OP's understanding

Due to recent questions about the comment policy, and because I have seen this being done often, I am here with another question about comments. On a certain question a user commented A primary ...
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Do we need to delete informative, off-topic comments under old questions?

When I read old posts, I come across some informative comments below the questions which are off-topic, i.e., not aimed at asking for clarification, but they do add some value. I have noticed such ...
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Should comments trying to answer a question be deleted?

Note: I do in no way want to say that the current moderators somehow do a "bad job" at moderating Physics SE. I think that they do a great work at, well, moderating this network and my full ...
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A suggestion box for downvotes (and upvotes, if necessary)? [duplicate]

I think that the main reason for a downvote is to convey that a post is not up to the mark, or does not show proper effort on behalf of the person who posted it. In other words, a downvoted post has ...
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Deleted comments at closed question

This question Why cant we measure the alleged curve of ball earth? was closed. Before it was closed I had made a relevant comment. After closure my comments disappeared also. Is this the automatic ...
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Should I delete my comments once the OP has acted accordingly?

The title is a bit vague. Let me explain. Now, just yesterday, I posted a comment like this and this. In these comments, I requested the OP to use Mathjax and to avoid using images. Now, both the ...
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Anonymous comment feature to explain anonymous downvote? [duplicate]

Recently my questions were downvoted, though the reason for such is unknown to me (also it's not quite a big deal for me) but I believe that if the downvoter had given me some suggestions for ...
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Should we flag all comments that are no longer needed?

Parent question: Erasing comments for questionable reasons I am trying to get a general policy. My initial concern was about comments to answers that asked for details and/or corrections, and were ...
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Erasing comments for questionable reasons

Warning: Apparently one is not moderator after they reached 10K, unlike what SE privilege help pages declare, which led to the following incorrect assumption of the answer's author directly erasing ...
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Why did all the comments on my answer vanish so quickly?

I had a couple of comments under my answer (this one), and was about to reply to a comment of the question author when I noticed that the author had accepted the answer and deleted his account. Then, ...
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Should it be mandatory that close votes be accompanied by comments?

I have read the help page various times to get help with asking questions. While that helped, I still sometimes find my questions downvoted or voted to close. That is without explanation. That leaves ...
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Inconsistency in moving comments to chat

In this question, 5 comments on knzhou’s answer were moved to chat, but 5 questions on Ben Crowell’s answer were not moved. Neither were 9 comments on the question. (On my answer, 11 were moved, which ...
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Why can't we downvote comments? [duplicate]

Comments by other users cannot be deleted or downvoted by users such as me. Why don't we enable the feature of downvoting comments and many downvotes causing deletion? Please don't get me wrong. But I ...
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Should a rude comment be deleted if the addressed user doesn't mind?

On the linked post, a comment was made addressing me with words that might be considered mildly rude by some. I had absolutely no issues with the comment (and thus, I didn't flag it). And yet, the ...
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Can one move a chat back to comments?

How can I move a chat back to comments? In complying to the automated admonition to move comments to chat, I discovered that MathJax is was no longer rendered. This is unacceptable in this ...
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Am I allowed to call someone a kook?

Is it against the rules to call someone a kook?
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Why was my comment deleted?

I had a comment on this answer to my question which both clarified that one of my definitions was correct (F = m * a is correct, but not super helpful in this ...
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Please help me convert the comments on this question to "let us continue this discussion in chat"

Without the link that's provided after enough back-and-forth, it's not clear to me how to easily "continue this discussion in chat." Could someone help on Don't heavier objects actually fall ...
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Notification to the user whose comment is deleted

I strongly believe that a user, whose comment is deleted by a moderator should be notified about it. Many moderators ask the user to remove their comments however some just remove them without ...
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Notifications for comments under answers

Alice posts a question. Bob posts an answer. I want to comment on Bob's answer, and I want both Alice and Bob to be notified of the comment. Therefore I type something like "@Alice: As @Bob said......
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The reputation bar to add a comment should be reduced

It can happen many a times that a user with even lesser reputation can have a really valuable point/counter question to add, but it may not be complete in itself or simply might not be able to answer ...
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