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Should “biased views and crackpottery” comments be deleted?

For example, the comments in this answer: Entropy and the principle of least action. Original comment sequence: There are many issues in this answer. For instance, it confounds the general concept ...
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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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Should there be a way to flag comments

When experienced users make the first comment on a "bad" question, they are often condescending. This is fair enough, if the question is bad. However, this discourages other, less experienced users ...
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Should information provided in the comments be taken into account when evaluating the merits of a question?

When an unclear or otherwise lacking question is posted on this site, it often happens that one of the more experienced users posts a comment asking for clarification. Fairly often, the asker responds ...
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Name changes don't get fixed in comments

Often, commenters will respond to a specific previous comment by commenter 'Bob' like so: "@Bob: Good idea, but ther's a problem." Some months later, Bob changes his name to 'Bobby'. Now, his ...
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Is it appropriate to tell someone to ask their teacher first?

Physics (PSE) often gets questions from beginner physics students that would easily be answered in person, and are basic physics contained in a text: "How do I calculate the potential 3 cm from a ...
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Should linking to competitor sites really get you suspended? [duplicate]

(note: this is different from Is it inappropriate behaviour to post links?; I am now asking for a debate on the existing policy, rather than asking whether the policy exists. I would be fine if this ...
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Is it inappropriate behaviour to post links?

preamble:- This is not related to my 1-year suspension which just expired, I understand the reasons for that, because my comments were really spam (because I posted links to PO threads before they ...
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Policy on disagreements about “harsh” critiscism?

Most of us have, to some degree, experienced an antagonistic situation in which we feel our answer was harshly criticized or in which we are charged with unfair criticism of an answer. In my ...
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Why can't comments be downvoted? [duplicate]

I am not proposing to change the software or criticizing the current policy. I always wanted to ask this question since a joined, since it is a glaring asymmetry. Having raised over a thousand ...
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Is there a way to check voted comments?

I wonder if there is a way to check more or less quickly if your comments where voted. I specifically had the problem that I wanted to check how far away I was from the "pundit" medal, that requires ...
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Why do you need 50 reputation to comment on other posts?

It makes no sense to require such high reputation just to add comments. It's possible that trolls can study enough physics to stick around a few days and get good reputation by asking interesting ...
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Why no reputation for good comment?

We should also encourage good comment, since not everyone is willing to write a long detailed answer, they may provide thoughts which is also very important. Also comment is the start of a deeper ...
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Give an answer or Comment instead?

I've noticed several posts (like this question) lately that are extremely simple questions. In this question, the OP asked for an explanation as well as some examples. At the time of this writing, the ...
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Why can we not downvote comments, when we can upvote them?

Simple as that. I think that since we can only upvote comments, it leads to skew, where comments, even if they are unhelpful or inaccurate cannot be downvoted. Given that the whole mechanics of this ...
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Link in comment returns false 404

On this comment here, I posted a link to the famous xkcd. What is weird is, the link is broken, with a 404 error. However if you remove the trailing / from the ...
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Why are lengthy discussions now allowed in comments?

Why are lengthy discussions now allowed in comments?
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Why someone serially downvoted most of my posts?

Today I saw a message "+14 Serial downvoting reversed" in my profile. It seems someone unintentionally downvoted most of my posts in a small span of time but I am not sure why someone did this. My ...
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Are jokes in comments not allowed?

I've noticed a few clever and funny jokes from time to time in the comments, so I thought I'd test the waters with my own comment joke (on topic and technically an answer) and it was popular. However ...
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Thank you for editing

Why can't we say thank you or leave other comments when someone edits our post (those that are done without approval) ?
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The “add / show 1 more comments” link doesn't do anything if you don't have comment permissions

I recently lost commenting permissions due to offering a bounty. Since then, I've noticed that when reading answers with comments, clicking on the "add / show 1 more comments" link doesn't reveal the ...
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Can we have a magic link to the homework policy?

I just stumbled on this fantastic list of magic shortcuts: Supported magic links: [meta] – link to the current site's Meta; link text is the site name (e.g. "...
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What rules do moderators follow in deleting comments in an ongoing discussion?

I recently asked a question on meta "Will my account be closed like that of [insert-here-the-user-who-shall-not-be-named] if I stop participating on Physics SE?". It was being downvoted so I added a ...
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Why have we stopped leaving comments?

Well, I don't point this specifically on anyone, But, err... Before we had this scheme of automated close reason insertion, I've seen Physics.SE people suggest new users (who ask questions vaguely or ...
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How do I flag a comment I've accidentally upvoted?

I tried to flag a comment, but accidentally upvoted it, and I can't remove the upvote because I have only 1 minute to remove it, which I've only recently discovered. How do I flag a comment I've ...
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Disappearing comments

I noticed some of my comments disappearing without me triggering this (at least not that I am aware of). Example: placed a comment in reaction to this question. It's now gone. Anyone an idea what is ...
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How about common edit summaries and common comments?

On Wiki Pedia, for example, when you make an edit (to the source) , there is a box called "Common edit summaries." And also minor edit summaries. So that many common edits can be given quick ...
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Deleted comment

My comment got deleted in the topic Aspiring scientist. It got deleted - fine. But I don't see who did it? Is it normal here, is it norm? I would like to be aware of moderators who do that without ...
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About the long comment list

Here an other post with a huge amount of comments below each post. I'm feeling annoyed by this: or I have to clic to let them appear if I want to read them all, or I have to scroll a lot for nothing ...
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Why do comments have a 5 minute time window for editing?

It would be very convenient to edit comments any time you want
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Should I avoid posting comments to simply say “Thanks” or “It has been helpful (+1)”?

I very often feel the need of posting a comment to simply say thanks for some idea in a comment, like a nice reference or a pedagogic suggestion, or simply to remark that the answer I accepted was the ...
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Common practise for first-time questions

What is the common practise for commenting users with their first questions? Maybe some links (something except faq?). Or useful answers on Meta site.
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Down-voting and no comments

In these sites, down-voting has become a passion to prove intelligence. Yesterday, I got two upvoted answers downvoted simultaneously (Someone has down-voted both within 1 min). I think they're too ...
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How do I flag a question or answer for comment pruning?

There's a lot of unnecessary comments to my answer which ideally should all be deleted IMO. So how do I do this or flag it for attention?
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How to find all the comments written by some user?

Some users have excellent answers and one likes to look for all their answers about any question they replied to. That is easy, but sometimes their answers is in form of comments, or sometimes they ...
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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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Should we make an official policy out of cleaning up comments?

Programmers.SE recently adopted the following policy on comments: We moderators will now be actively cleaning up questions and answers that have extended discussion in comments: any additional ...
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Missing comment

Right now I have a comment in my "inbox": comment on Water Pressure in Free Fall This doesn't get you differences in a single But in that thread I do not see any comment. Georg

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