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What's the point of users commenting the URL of the question itself in the comment section?

I have seen instances of (spam) users commenting the link of the question itself in the comment section and they are of course flagged and deleted. But I found a weird explanation of this in this post:...
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Moving of comments to chats

As the consequence of the complete answer site policy, there is a wide gap between complete answers to stay question comments of limited lifespan to be deleted. As there is large scale of ...
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Authoritatively deleting cross questions

In specific reference to this question. A comment (by me) under Poutnik's post was deleted which was actually a counter question to the answer proposed by the method. My questions: Who have the ...
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Pings disappearing in certain browsers?

Not sure if anyone else runs into this, but I occasionally am unable to ping people in comments if I use the mobile app or Safari. When I include @username at the ...
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Instead of writing a comment asking the OP to google it, we should sometimes ask them to stackexchange it

In response to a question that is not well-developed (one-liner, trivial because it asks for the definition of a common technical term or a comparison of common technical terms), we sometimes suggest ...
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Why do we downvote without commenting?

Ah! This is a big challenge I am facing while writing answers. Usually all users try to write their answers as clearly as possible, but still errors do occur. But what are the errors? Conceptually ...
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How to deal with "smart" toxic behaviour?

I wonder if (CSE) has methods to deal with aggressive or toxic people when they are smart. I mean, there are rules about not being rude, unfriendly, etc., but what if someone "plays by ...
Kelly Shepphard's user avatar
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How do you link web addresses in comments?

I have seen comments that "neatly" link web addresses instead of having the "ugly" html specification in the comment. Is the only way to do this with the same markup that is used for links in ...
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Wrong alignment or "floating" comment?

It is probably a minor issue, but I thought I should still bring it to the attention of the community... Jan's comment is a bit "off" Am I the only one seeing it?
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How do I cite users who suggest content in comments

Sometimes, I see answers to questions that have comments that kinda "continue" the explanation out of the answer. Such comments add valuable information that would be better off within the answer. I ...
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Are we overzealous with "policy" comments?

Recently I've seen a surge in comments stating, "Welcome to the site, blah blah blah, please take a look at ___." This is awesome that we're engaging new users like this. I've also seen a surge in not-...
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I flagged a comment. The flag was declined but the comment was removed...what happened?

A few hours back, I flagged a comment on this post as "not constructive". The comment, if I remember rightly, was: "Elementary, my dear Watson" As amusing and not (entirely) out of context as it ...
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What can I do to clean up old comments?

Comments are ephemeral by nature, and a lot of them get deleted everyday on different sites. (See this) I stumble upon old questions sometimes, which contain some comments, naturally. I know I can ...
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Did someone (a mod, I guess?) delete one of my comments for no apparent reason?

At one point, I had posted two comments on this answer. As of this meta question, one of those comments, the later one, is now gone. What happened here? The comment was (I thought) a germane and ...
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Time limit editing comments

Why is there a five-minute time limit editing comments? I found typos I wanted to correct in a comment I had posted, but it was too late, and I was forced to delete and repost.
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Am I allowed to thank people in comments?

As the title says. I feel like it should be ok as long as it's not in the answer, but thanking people and generally adding unnecessary stuff (as opposed to things that are directly related to the ...
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Comment Templates

Guidance is pretty important, and I'm going to write a meta post in some other meta about it soon. Long story short, if it weren't about guiding users, I wouldn't be writing this and you wouldn't be ...
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I've noticed a recent trend of people answering questions in the comments. I've asked about this issue in the past, and though I understand that sometimes people don't want to write out a complete ...
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Shouldn't we cull welcome comments?

I'm reading through old questions and there is a distracting proliferation of "welcome comments" by Martin: Welcome to! If you have questions about how to beautify your posts, have a ...
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Should a down vote require a comment

I find it annoying when I get a down vote and there is no comment about why. If someone down votes a question or answer, then they have a reason for doing so, it it would help the poster improve. ...
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Posting a comment on a Question

I just noticed that you cannot add a comment to someone's question, for example, to ask for clarification. In my case, I wanted to ask the poster if the answer had sufficiently covered their question,...
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