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A place for helpful comment templates?

I use the AutoReviewComments userscript with the following comments: ###[Q] Too broad Please only ask one question per post — only ask several if they are so closely related that it wouldn't make ...
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Should a rude comment be deleted if the addressed user doesn't mind?

Absolutely My take on the Code of Conduct (AKA the Be Nice policy) is that it is not just a matter of what the two people directly involved in the conversation think about the language used. It also ...
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Why is an answer sometimes given in the comments?

Personally, I think that if a statement answer the question, even if it's just a few words long, it should be posted as an answer and not as a comment Yes, that is correct. Should the commentator ...
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Give an answer or Comment instead?

when should simple questions be given answers like this in the comments? NEVER For at least two reasons: comments can be (and often are) deleted, and comments can't be downvoted, so our ability to ...
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Should comments trying to answer a question be deleted?

One problem with answer-comments you seem to not have considered is that they can be wrong. Answers can be downvoted, but comments can only be upvoted, so there is no proper mechanism to show that an ...
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Quick to comment, but never a reply

It looks like the comments were removed, so I can't say anything about this particular situation (which is probably a good thing). Some general points. Questions stand on their own. Comments on ...
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Comment removed bizarrely and unprofessionally

First, I can't help but comment on OPs (over)reaction. We get people complaining about deleted comments very often, but this must be the first time someone deletes their account because of it. OP has ...
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Using Comments as Answers

Good idea to make this a question so I can post my comment there as an answer: yes, this is fine. Actually, in order to avoid arguments over whether it does constitute an answer or not, I'll say this: ...
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Answering "Homework-Like" Questions With Hints

The homework policy remains a contentious issue and feelings can run high about it so I'm reluctant to stoke the flames any higher. However if we take the narrow interpretation of homework as the ...
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Why no reputation for good comment?

We are not a forum, but a question and answer site. It is not the aim of the SE model to encourage debate, but to provide (more or less) definite answers to definite questions. Though comments may ...
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Problem with deletion of comments

A large proportion of these comments were made by users who have been repeatedly told not to have lengthy discussions in comments, and not to use comments in lieu of providing an answer where they can ...
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Who has the power to delete comments?

The diamond moderators can delete comments. Comments which meet certain criteria may disappear after flagging by certain non-moderator users without further intervention; I don't know where those ...
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Why do you need 50 reputation to comment on other posts?

It's unfortunate to hear that you are so personally offended. I assure you that the people who implemented this policy were probably not aware of your existence when they made it, so I hope that ...
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Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?

Comments are not really intended for chit-chat. So, if you wish, you may flag comments that don't add any clarification are are purely social using the reason: It's no longer needed. This comment is ...
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Is it inappropriate behaviour to post links?

The Physics SE is a community, and like all communities it needs everyone to pull together to keep it vibrant. The two most important things we expect of site members are: ask interesting and ...
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Should linking to competitor sites really get you suspended?

So I've read his answer many times now and I don't see how you reach the conclusion you reached here. It says: Posting links in comments is not banned, nor should it ever be banned. What should ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

First, thanks for coming to meta and asking! It's not your hunch, though. We don't discourage using external sources; actually, it's encouraged to link or cite useful and relevant external resources ...
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Should a rude comment be deleted if the addressed user doesn't mind?

I saw that comment. Even if it didn't bother you, we don't want stuff like that hanging around. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory
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Comment removed bizarrely and unprofessionally

Comments are not for follow-up questions, comments are for clarifying or criticizing the post being commented upon, and hence your comment was removed (I deleted it together with some other obsolete ...
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Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?

Technically, yes. According to our policy: Comments are not recommended for any of the following: [...] Compliments which do not add new information ("+1, great answer!"); instead, upvote ...
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What happens when upvoting the automatic comment indicating duplicate?

Nothing happens if you simply cast an upvote on it. Whenever a user votes to close as a duplicate, they also automatically cast an upvote on the corresponding comment. If the user is the first one (...
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Comments sent to chat and addition of a new comment after that

The "move comments to chat" button only works once. After that, comments can be deleted, but not moved. When we move comments to chat, we'll sometimes rescue one or two comments that are ...
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Should information provided in the comments be taken into account when evaluating the merits of a question?

If the comments from OP add clarity, and if they are new users, I would personally edit the comments into the question myself. I would then leave a comment to the effect of: @OP I took the liberty ...
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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?

Discussions on meta Stack Exchange sites are discussions, but they are still expected to have some structure. If you post an answer, then just as on the main site, it is expected to address the ...
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Am I allowed to call someone a kook?

No, this would go against the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct (also known as the "Be-Nice" policy). To quote from it: No subtle put-downs or unfriendly language. No name-calling or personal ...
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Is it okay to get into a long to and fro discussion in the comments?

Comments aren't a good medium for back-and-forth; that's that chat is for. There's a Chat FAQ which is useful to re-read once a year or so. The privileges of talking in chat and creating chat rooms ...
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Keeping track of “abuse” (or other) flags?

There is no automatic consequence for repeated flags for rudeness or abuse. However, there are automatic flags raised when particular users accrue a number of these flags in a certain timeframe, ...
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Can the Mods please stop overeagerly move comments to the chat?

I've un-deleted your two chat rooms and made you an "owner" of each, so you should be able to mine whatever information you'd like from the old comments. Check the chat FAQ to understand when a room ...
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How to answer when the question is based on a wrong premise?

It rarely does any harm to answer a question, and you never know who else might stumble across your answer and find it interesting. There have been cases where I've written an answer to an essentially ...
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