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General These would have no tag in AutoReviewComments, and would appear both in questions and answers. ###Welcome [Welcome to chemistry.SE!](http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/tour) If you have any questions about the policies of our community, please ‎visit [the help center](http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help). ###LaTeX/MathJax/Markdown intro Please ...


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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 much more beneficial to tell them how they can find the answer for themselves using the power of modern search engines and databases. And for the purposes of ...


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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 different from the good old RTFM, and sometimes may be considered impolite and counterproductive for both the questioner and the community. The things with the ...


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I'm one of the welcome-commentators. IMO they're one of the things that indicate our site's friendliness. I would by no means want their posting stopped. Comments are not first-class info, so there's really nothing wrong with this. That being said, I don't really want to see a welcome comment of 2014 welcoming a user that has 2k reps now. I occasionally 1 ...


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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 informed badge first) and maybe the helpful maths pages. In cases of meh questions it would be nice to productively critique them. It is important to ...


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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 "dismiss flag" and "delete comment"). It's actually not the first time it happened (MAR spotted one other instance), but I'll try to watch out and double-check what ...


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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 and I try to leave comments with a more authoritative tone of voice. If you adopt these, you may or may not want to modify them. I'd prefer it if you guys not ...


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I always try to leave a complaining comment when I downvote, except when the reason is already given as a comment (then I'll upvote that). I guess this is a best practice scenario though. A one-paragraph answer, with bad writing and no, little or redundant information, however, I do not think deserves this comment. In these cases I often flag and downvote, ...


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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 for pictures, too, simply add an exclamation mark in front of it. As images are not allowed in comments, they will be displayed as links instead, with an ...


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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 of my ability) in order, then give some more possibilities that might have not come up. Does moderation somehow control those who have multiple accounts? What ...


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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 good reason to keep it. Your other comment was also flagged, but this was declined as it contains a suggestion to improve the post. As Jan pointed out, comments ...


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If the welcome comments are distracting, they can be removed and probably even should. So go ahead and flag them. As a mod, these are particularly easy to deal with, too. Thank you for having an eye open for these things. For what it is worth here are some of the points that I consider when writing these comments. There is a nice script/ add-on/ ...


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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". Comments are meant for requesting clarification, leaving constructive criticism, or adding relevant but minor additional information – not for socializing. If ...


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You could use this: square brackets for link description and round brackets for html link. Like this. [use] (https://chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/questions) Note: no space in between the pair of these brackets.


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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. Personally, I think that having no comment is better than a welcome comment that can definitely be read with a negative connotation.


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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 here, but upon publishing the ping has gone: This is an OS- and browser-independent intended behavior. As for mobile app, it hasn't been updated for years and ...


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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 times. I'm going to leave a few URLs and share some personal experience: 1. Silent downvoting This is entirely up to downvoter whether to leave a comment or ...


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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 should also point that out. I try to do that if I do welcoming posts, namely by saying something along the lines of Hi and welcome to Chemistry Stack ...


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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 additional information. They are not meant to say thanks or for fun, even though we all are guilty of using comments in such a way. If a comment got flagged ...


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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 given moment, we know who changed what, when, and why. This isn't the case with comments — this is why comments can no longer be edited after the standard ...


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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 then deleted. If that is the case, please don’t be angry. Understand that comments are not meant for eternity. And also remember, as the German saying goes: ...


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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 were no longer necessary, they were subsequently deleted by a moderator. That was not me, but I fully agree with the action taken.


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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 cause. If you integrate a comment into a post, the comment should be flagged as no longer needed. Therefore, there is little point in attempting to link the ...


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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 purpose (which is about ten minutes after posting for thanks comments) they are free to be deleted. However, as long as a comment has not served its purpose and ...


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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 any comments. However, neither of these positions are tenable. See, for example, my question about tetravalent sulfur oxidations: What are the practical ...


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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 suggest, spelling/grammar go for it. ### [Q] or [A] Standard Welcome to Chemistry.SE! To help you become acquainted with the site, I would just like to suggest ...


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Sometimes, however, it's better to give hints on really short or quick questions, so the asker can find the solution on their own. I have found that short hints posted as answers have often been voted down.


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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 in are obvious and I simply move to delete them. I cannot always check whether they would destroy an argumentative chain or conversation. Comments are not for ...


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