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Comment = Critique + Request "Comments" are a service provided by the Stack Exchange Network to quickly say what was wrong with a post, what could be improved, request something missing. In any case a comment should be directly related to the post it is posted on. We all know that far too many comments go beyond this. And we probably tolerate too ...


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If the system refuses you to edit your comment with the timestamp reading four minutes ago after cancelling, this is a bug (and should be reported as such). As for your suggestion: The reason for this time limit is that there is no history for comment edits (see here) and thus late edits of comments may cause a lot of confusion and are also prone to abuse. ...


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Yes, if you want the answer you downvoted to improve, you should let the autor know, what he should improve. Even if you just say, the answer is wrong, it helps. Getting good answers is a main goal of this site, and by downvoting a bad answer you dont make it better. Also, getting downvoted without knowing why, can make a person stop answering future ...


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Such comments are problematic in many ways: All search engine content is generated by sites like us. Google depends on content we provide but we can't provide this content if we send people away. Results from search engines will not be the same for everybody, especially not if they live in another country. What may be on top of the results for you may be ...


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Well, good question. I also often feel it's not worth posting a full answer to a question whose answer is, um, that simple. And though, "writing an answer and elaborating on the topic" is the right choice. There are several reasons: The question itself is actually a little poor if asking for "Correct? – Yes/No". The question actually should ask for "...


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What happens here has to do with how chat works and what rooms are stored, and what rooms are deleted. Quoting from the Chat FAQ: Will these rooms exist forever? Rooms will exist indefinitely, so long as there is at least one person actively talking in the room. A room is considered worth retaining if it has more than 15 messages by at least 2 users. Rooms ...


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Whenever we see an answer which is wrong, misleading, just a copy of an existing answer, or not an answer at all, we have the option to: edit it to improve it. downvote it. (requires 125 reputation on a beta site) vote to delete it. (requires downvotes and 4k reputation on beta sites) Flag it for moderator attention for deletion or conversion to a comment. ...


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Sure, in case we felt to down-vote a poor post we can explain in a comment why we did so. This helps users to improve their posts, and it also avoids confusion. In order to keep voting private there is (and will not be) any obligation to do so. Whenever such a comment led to an edit of a post, and the reason for commenting was fixed, we should delete our ...


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As it was repeatedly pointed out and outlned again in my answer to the following post Why should I edit or answer rather than comment? comments are on all StackExchage sites not meant to answer but they are an additional tool given to users having gained the privilege to comment to ask for clarification or add additional information to any post. These ...


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It depends... I think, we should not ban or welcome those comments on a general basis, but decide from case to case. I think such comments are helpful and should be embraced in the scenario which meet the following conditions: If the correct answer appears in the top of Ecosia's search results. If an unknowing user can distinct the correct answer from ...


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99 % of my comment flags are obsolete or include a custom message to the mods to tell them why certain comments are obsolete (after a mod once told me that obsolete comments are the hardest to judge). The remaining percent is for those comments that are spam or offensive — but the former is very, very rare (haven’t used a spam comment flag yet, to the best ...


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There are some not-so-well-documented (unless I did not find the page on meta.stackexchange.com) criteria for the auto-removal of comments. The most general one seems to be: if the threshold of flags reaches 3 + (score/3), the comment will automatically be deleted. Certain keywords and maybe also certain flagging users will reduce this amount. Source: https:...


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