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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I ask an answerer to Fix a broken link in their post?

In this post: How can I put a permanent current into a superconducting loop? There is only one link at the bottom of the only answer. Can I ask the answerer to fix the link? How?
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Use this userscript when you share a link

I see that there are many links in comments that don't have link text, therefore hard for me to know if the link is worth to click. For example, this link: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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As a link in a comment how to mention the title of a question instead of its URL?

In a comment, I want to write the title of a question (to point out that it's a duplicate or related stuff) instead of "pasting" its URL. How can I do that?
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Can moderators take down comments that are not breaking any rules just because they don't like the comment?

Do mods have to follow a hard set of rules, or can they take down anything that they consider inappropriate? Can they take down questions or comments that are relevant to the community just because ...
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How to answer when the question is based on a wrong premise?

I ask this wondering about my answer to this recent question, though this applies in a more general setting. The situation is that the question asks about the physical interpretation of the typical ...
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A place for helpful comment templates?

I often find the need to have a comment template saved for future use, say when indicating to an asker that they need to write equations in MathJax instead of attaching them as images (with links to ...
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Can an “incomplete” comment be considered an unhelpful comment?

Obvious unhelpful comments usually consist of abusive and negative comments as well as completely irrelevant ones and conversational ones. Those kind of comments are easy to spot. But what about "...
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Cannot find a question upon statistical mechanics I commented on

perhaps you can help me track down a question I commented on (cannot find my comments in my list). It was about the Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures of classical mechanics. I remember telling the ...
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Is it possible to search in comments?

Is it possible to search in comments, along with searching in questions and answers? I suspect the answer is no. I think that would be a very useful option to have in the advanced search.
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Review queue for “old”, unanswered questions

If this has already been proposed, I apologize. I have noticed that many questions are answered through short discussions in the comments; it is obvious that the OP is satisfied, so no one bothers to ...
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Where can we see stats of votes on comments?

I note that we can follow the up-/downvotes on our questions and answers, but there is not a convenient place to find stats on the upvotes on our comments on questions and answers. Is this one of the ...
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Is a moderator's Approach to Delete the Answer Provided When No Comment Was Possible Consistent with a Metrocracy or Hypocracy?

I found the Physics Meta article How to deal with negative responses on SE due to personal grudge? interesting, because it brought to light the phenomenon where some members of the community are ...
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Where can closed and deleted questions and comments be searched for - and how can deletion be appealed? [duplicate]

I have a question that was deleted and some closed when I was just getting started as an author (again here after many years). I did not think the closure and deletion was fair, but I had no ...
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Comments deleted under my question

In the context of the post: Dimensional reduction of Rozansky-Witten theory I had commented on this question of mine, and there were some responses in the comments section as well, with some useful ...
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Answering “Homework-Like” Questions With Hints

It occurred to me today that I don't know what a good approach is for providing hints to homework-like questions. I cannot find any clear policy on how this should work. The example that brought it ...
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Is Physics SE being targeted by people opposing the modern view of physics, and so called myth busters?

I have only been a member for a few months, but find the site both very good, and pretty fair. Not saying all is perfect, but enough good, imo. I looked to see if there was a similar question to the ...
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Can the Mods please stop overeagerly move comments to the chat?

I recently asked a question. I got some valuable comments, but the commenters and I disagreed on a few things. After like 5 comments we reached agreement. Then @ACuriousMind stepped in and moved ...
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Are the colors of this two comments different?

http://i64.tinypic.com/21l7uw2.png These are the comments from the question What is “relatively uniform resonant frequency”?. I'm pretty sure that the colors are different, maybe their brightness. Is ...
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Should commenting be unrestricted?

Currently it requires a reputation of 50 points or more to post comments to other users' posts. This creates some problems for new users : Instead of commenting they are tempted to post "answers" ...
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Why is it not indicated anywhere how many comments got removed?

Sometimes when reading the comments under a question/answer I get very confused. Then I realise that there are random @someones without that person making a comment before. I mean I get the point why ...
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Unable to reply to a comment directly

There must be a reply option under each comment, So that I click on it, and reply to that comment directly, rather than writing new comments, again and again!. (for example: see facebook)
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The practice of answering a question in its comments area

I've noticed that some members provide a perfectly good answer to a perfectly good question in the comments area under the question rather than posting their response as a standalone answer. As this ...
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Answering in comments

Due probably to the policy rule "if you downvote, please explain", I find that downvoted or trivial questions in the site are actually answered in the comments to the question! The problem is the ...
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What is the procedure if your question is answered in a comment? [duplicate]

One of my questions got answered in a comment. What do I do? I could formulate it into an answer myself and write that down, or should I just leave it? Maybe delete the question even?
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Asking moderators favors when looking at questions

Some of my questions were on-hold and closed. As everyone knows, it comes a yellow rectangle where it explains what it means and why is your question not so good. For example: Sometimes, this ...
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Using Comments as Answers

An answer is placed in the comment box on your question and it would make an answer. As long as you quote it is it OK to use it? See Comments at this question for example.