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A place for helpful comment templates?

I use the AutoReviewComments (briefly discussed here) userscript with the following comments: Too broad Please only ask one question per post — only ask several if they are so closely related that it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
AccidentalFourierTransform's user avatar
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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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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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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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Trying to ping users in comments: @username disappears

This happens when you're trying to ping the author of the post you're commenting on. The author gets notified of every comment on their post anyway, so the system automatically deletes such ...
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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 ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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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 ...
JMac's user avatar
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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 ...
rob's user avatar
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The reputation bar to add a comment should be reduced

It can happen many a times that there will be someone who doesn't do physics or care at all about it, but they have this website www.X.com that they want to promote, and having a bunch of links ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Should we flag all comments that are no longer needed?

Should we flag all comments that are no longer needed? Yes. Comments are intended to ask for clarification and provide feedback to questions and answers; they are not intended to help anyone keep ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Should comments be used for providing "helpful hints"?

Since a question is supposed to be well researched, I would say that the type of comments you suggest are, in fact, covered in the "When should I comment?" section. Specifically these two ...
Jeffrey Phillips Freeman's user avatar
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Another thread about deleted comments

I can't speak for mods, but I can give my perspective on why those comments shouldn't really stay. If there are an infinite number of triangles in the plane, doesn't that mean there is a triangle ...
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How to react to comments containing compliments, criticism, etc.?

It doesn't say "comments should not contain compliments, criticism etc.". It says "Criticisms [that] do not add anything constructive". It all basically boils down to "If you ...
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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?

You can't delete other people's comments directly, in review or otherwise. If you think a comment is rude or abusive, or just no longer needed, you can flag it for moderator attention by clicking the ...
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