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Comment Templates

General These would have no tag in AutoReviewComments, and would appear both in questions and answers. ###Welcome ...
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Instead of writing a comment asking the OP to google it, we should sometimes ask them to stackexchange it

I have told people on several occasions to Google certain phrases. I think there is plenty of merit in that. Instead of merely giving them a link to the correct answer and being done with it, it's ...
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Instead of writing a comment asking the OP to google it, we should sometimes ask them to stackexchange it

State of affairs I agree that asking pipl to duckduckgo to the start page and searx for a qwant of information about Swiss cows called Shodan until they hear a "bing!" or LMGTFY a user is no ...
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Are we overzealous with "policy" comments?

I agree, that these comments may be seen as a bit overzealous. They suggest that this is a community driven by rules, which is definitely not the case. I think it's fine to link to the tour (check the ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Comment Templates

Here are the ones that I'm using right now. This is hardly an exhaustive list and will be updated as we go along and as we encounter new scenarios. These are tailored to the fact that I'm a moderator ...
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I flagged a comment. The flag was declined but the comment was removed...what happened?

In this case, it's my fault, as I misclicked. The comment flag dialog is slightly confusing to me, as "dismiss" and "delete" both have the same negative connotation to me (respectively, they mean "...
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How to deal with "smart" toxic behaviour?

There are quite a few protective measures in place, and the new Code of Conduct is a lot more protective than the old 'be nice' policy. First I am going to (try to) answer the questions (to the best ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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How do you link web addresses in comments?

You can use inline links: [chemistry.se](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com) They contract nicely to chemistry.se. That works everywhere, also in chat. In normal posts, you can use this markdown ...
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Did someone (a mod, I guess?) delete one of my comments for no apparent reason?

Did someone (a mod, I guess?) delete one of my comments for no apparent reason? Yes, but no. The comment was deleted by a moderator, but not for no apparent reason. It was flagged and there was no ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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How do you link web addresses in comments?

You could use this: square brackets for link description and round brackets for html link. Like this. [use] ...
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Am I allowed to thank people in comments?

Thank you for asking this. A comment like "+1, this helped me a lot, thanks!" is discouraged, per the help center: Please do not add a comment on your question or on an answer to say "Thank you". ...
M.A.R.'s user avatar
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What's the point of users commenting the URL of the question itself in the comment section?

As Buck Thorn stated, what is happening here is a person who is exploiting a feature to cause disruption. While I cannot go into details about the specifics due to privacy issues, I am actively ...
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Why do we downvote without commenting?

Honestly, I don't get what the exact question is, and the more I look at it the more it resembles a rant. There are at least three loosely bound topics raised, which were discussed on Meta numerous ...
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Are we overzealous with "policy" comments?

As the person who got the second comment, I will say that I felt as if I had done something wrong due to the fact that when you see other questions, they have specific answers and not welcome messages....
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Are we overzealous with "policy" comments?

I’m going to focus mainly on the two points you raised at the bottom of your post so that I can actually add to Martin’s post. I believe that if the first post was well-written, the welcoming comment ...
Jan's user avatar
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What's the point of users commenting the URL of the question itself in the comment section?

Looks like this is a bug feature with a long history, probably being exploited by one or more trolls who have payed attention to the behavior of the site or have been reading the meta pages. ...
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Pings disappearing in certain browsers?

Note that pinging may be deleted automatically if system considers it unnecessary; see How do comment replies work? For example, here is my screenshot of Safari on MacOS Sierra: I tried to ping you ...
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Authoritatively deleting cross questions

The comments in question were routine clarifications on the post. The original author had offered appropriate explanations. The comments were flagged as "no longer necessary", and since they ...
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Did someone (a mod, I guess?) delete one of my comments for no apparent reason?

Only mods can delete comments, so it will have been a mod. Understand that as per the SE model, comments are never meant for eternity. They are meant to point out issues in posts or to suggest adding ...
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Time limit editing comments

The real problem is that, second class citizens that they are, comments do not have a history. SE lets you edit pretty much everything else at any time because there's edit accountability: At any ...
M.A.R.'s user avatar
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Am I allowed to thank people in comments?

Of course you can. People do it all the time. You should remember that it is not recommended by the SE team. It is also often perceived as clutter and/or noise. Maybe your comment will be flagged and ...
Jan's user avatar
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How do I cite users who suggest content in comments

Mention the user name of the user who wrote the comment. Comments are not meant for eternity and everybody who writes a comment here must know that it is subject to deletion once it has served its ...
Jan's user avatar
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What can I do to clean up old comments?

Comments are not forever, that is true. However, comments are also there to serve a purpose: this purpose being criticising the post or suggesting an edit etc. As long as the comment has served its ...
Jan's user avatar
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What can I do to clean up old comments?

I guess there are two extreme positions that we could take with regards to the issue of comments. All comments should be incorporated into the post (if necessary), and deleted. We should never delete ...
orthocresol's user avatar
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Comment Templates

I would like feedback to improve these. I will leave it to the community to use good judgement in whether to suggest an edit in the comments or edit directly. More signifacnt edits (overhauls) please ...
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Moving of comments to chats

Please note that I am talking about my own experiences and I do not speak for the moderator team in this instance. Dealing with comments is not much fun. Most of the times the comment flags that come ...
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