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Are we going to start telling each other to "shut up" now?

Background I had a strange exchange that has troubled me so much that I decided to wait several days before addressing it in order to fully process what happened. There was discussion about closing a ...
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Are clever-sounding yet otherwise unproductive/unhelpful negative first comments directly under your questions a problem? Should we avoid them?

From time to time I see first comments under new questions that rather than suggest improvements or ask for clarification, feel to me to be more idle chit-chat with the effect of directing attention ...
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Is connecting the Nazis with the "far right" a Code of Conduct violation?

Answering the question of how people can be convinced to not vote for the "far right", this answer states some reasons why voting for the far right is not very good: The far-right have a ...
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Why my comments and questions are repeatedly getting deleted?

Few hours ago I have posted a comment under this downvoted post saying that three high reputation users have answered it and it doesn't deserve to be downvoted. Surprisingly the comment got ...
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Why was my comment flag declined?

I recently flagged this comment: It is clearly a political question because it asks about an action of the government of Canada. I do not know an answer, though (same as @JoeC). (Emphasis mine) My ...
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What happened to my comments on this question?

I asked this question. And I then replied to Pete W's comment. This has now vanished - why?
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Declining comment flags and then deleting. Reason?

After making necessary edits, and flagging unrelated comments (today's 1-2 hours ago), why were two of my "no longer required" comment flags declined and then one of those was deleted anyway ...
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Do deleted comments exist anywhere?

Do deleted comments exist anywhere? My recent question about Trump's January 6 speech had this comment: If I am sitting by a deep swimming pool and see an unsupervised toddler child playing close to ...
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What is the policy on comments and answers that breed negativity?

As someone who mostly uses the other sites on this network, I find myself unsurprisingly appalled at the negativity inherent in the answers and comments on this site. Questions and answers that are ...
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Is it allowed to mention the source/reference of possible answer in comments instead of writing answer?

2-3 days back, someone asked this question What are points for and against the three Farm Bills passed by Indian parliament recently? Well, originally it had a different title, and it was closed ...
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Why were my comments about the Dershowitz question inappropriate?

In How did Alan Dershowitz end up on Trumps' legal team? , the question was two sentences long. I posted a comment, asking whether Trump has a bad record on civil liberties, because the question ...
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What is the appropriate action to take when nuisance comment flags are declined?

I raised the "no longer needed" flag on the following comment If we start inferring from the career of campaign managers... Manafort served Ukraine's pro-Kremlin and anti-NATO president Yanukovych ...
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Should we allow posting answers in the comment section?

One of the common comment flags I get is for posting partial or incomplete answers in the comments section. I, honestly think there's value in allowing this. Sometimes it is possible to provide ...
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Why do we suggest to new members who have low quality answers to do something they can't do?

Background On a comment to this answer that went through review, I selected the option to generate this comment: This does not provide an answer to the question. Once you have sufficient ...
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Comment deletion policy should be changed significantly

The moderators are too quick to delete comments. They frequently delete them without giving any notice. They should raise the threshold for comment deletion considerably. As an example, a recent ...
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Why was my comment on free healthcare deleted twice?

I wrote a comment on this question Why do American people or politicians not complain about healthcare? In which I only stated that "there is no such thing as free healthcare". The first time I ...
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Are comments of the variety 'The New York Times is Fake News' flaggable?

First response to my newly posted question What are the problems related to Trump administration’s targeting of Huawei affecting US/UK relationship? is this comment (now deleted): Likely just Fake ...
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Why were all of the comments on my question deleted?

Some 15 comments or so were deleted by Philipp on this question. Notably, the first comment (which was by another user, whose handle I do not recall) asked something along the lines of "Your ...
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Clarification on comment policy

Although appropriate for the help page, I think that the terse language in the comment policy would perhaps benefit from some deeper explanation and community analysis. I think that the line between ...
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How to handle 'arguments from authority'

According to Wikipedia an argument from authority or argumentum ab auctoritate is a fallacy "in which a claimed authority's support is used as evidence for an argument's conclusion". I just read a ...
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What to do with irrational comments?

As an example, below the answers to this How does Hitler's interpretation of "Nationalist Socialism" relate to the modern interpretation of "Socialism" and "Nationalism&...
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Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat

I would like to open a discussion about moving comments to chat. I propose there should be an "all or none" approach. That is, if some comments should be moved to chat, then all comments ...
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Comment tooltip: improving wrong answers

The tooltip for a question comment reads: Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements. Avoid answering questions in comments. The tooltip for an answer comment reads: Use ...
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Do vague comment prompts and tooltips encourage rambling on Politics.SE?

Users can't resist general commenting on an answers' political orientation. Other users can't resist commenting on those comments, which are then treated as a user forum. Later, when this "forum" ...
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What to do with partially snide but also partially useful comments?

There's a general problem here, for which I'll give a specific illustration, but this is about the general problem, not any one instance. We see many useful comments where the commentator makes ...
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why was my comment erased?

Why was the comment "none of this provides a clear factual answer to the question" to the answer here erased? It does fit.
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What are some examples of text to use for common comments?

There are many comments I find myself leaving often. Probably the most common is a reminder to back up answers, but "be nice", "one question per question", and "visit the help page" all come up ...
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Should Politics SE ask to be part of the suggest Improvement experiment

All the details are here: https://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5320/experiment-running-a-comment-by-any-other-name TL;DR; Changing the link from saying add a comment to suggest ...
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Is this considered within bounds of "be nice" policy? If so, why?

Quoting a comment (emphasis mine): There is no such thing as a "bad" question. There is a such thing as nitpicking critics that parse questions and answers to satisfy their own peer-pressure or ego ...
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If an unsatisfactory answer inspires comments by others that taken as a whole answer the question, should I mark it as answered?

Consider an answer that's only partially satisfactory, but neglects some essential factor. Comments ensue, which resolve the neglected factor, so that the answer and comments, when taken as a whole, ...
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Should there be a revision history for comments?

As a long time reader but only a recent member, I have often found the arguments in comments to be helpful. They help to shape future answers and often the questions themselves and are useful to ...
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SE sites seem to be ruining the fun by disallowing comments

Example question: Is Fox News correct that Mueller shouldn't be going after a campaign finance violation? This question isn't exactly tied to politics.se, it's simply the last place I happened to ...
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Why were the comments deleted rather than moved to chat?

The comments for the question Why is the British government so determined to arrest Julian Assange? (the question itself, not the answers) were deleted, rather than moved to chat. I flagged a question ...
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Why were comments in my IS answer deleted?

Related to Why are IS referred to as “so-called”? I had 2 comments below my answer that were not irrelevant and I'd like to add them to my answer as an update. The comments were deleted. Why?
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Why do we move all comments to chat instead of just chatty comments?

In this answer, the entire comment thread was moved to chat and then later there were more comments which were deleted with the comment "respect the move to chat." It seems like the presence of a few ...
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Should we suggest/demand that people explain technical terms in their questions?

From time to time, I see comments on questions that prompt the question asker to define terms that Are not defined in the question Are not well known to 100% of people, especially outside specific ...
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Can you suggest a standard comment for opinion-based answers?

I noticed that many new users come to this website with the misconception that it would be a website would be a forum to post their personal opinion, not a Q&A site for posting factual answers. ...
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Why was this Comment Flag Declined?

I'm not really a regular on this part of Stack Exchange, but I assume comments are treated roughly the same on all Stack Exchange sites. Recently I saw a comment on a question which didn't seem to be ...
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bais comments and voting

I noticed of many bias comments and voting , they go for emotions not for reasons and explanations, if they are convinced about something just refused or vote for close. they dont explain why they ...
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Are Politics.SE users ignorant or apathetic of the purpose of 'Add a comments'?

The proper use of comments is constructive criticism. If you see a question or answer with inaccuracies, or can contribue information to improve the question or answer, feel free to post a comment. ...
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<<Comments removed - please take this all to chat.>>

This has been mentioned before, and I suppose it's not really a question, but not sure where else to post this. Numerous times a comment thread gets long, and then an admin comes along and removes ...
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LOTS of comments being deleted

I'm see a whole lot of comments being deleted in this SE site compared to most of the rest. I can only offer my opinion, but I find that a turn off. Politics is going to naturally be a chatty area of ...
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Why were my comments deleted?

Ref : https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/922/what-are-dis-advantages-of-one-world-one-country I had responded to two comments, and both had nothing which were against SE. They were still ...
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Would it be possible to refrain from unilaterally deleting comment threads *without preserving the comments*?

I know that the official policy of Joel/SE is that comments are ephemeral and subject to unlimited deletion at a mere wish of a moderator. However, I feel that deleting comments - which leaves ZERO ...
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Can we have comments suggest we take it to chat sooner?

The Stack Exchange platform has a convenient feature where if a comment thread on a post is running long, it'll provide a link and suggest you take the discussion to chat. I'm not seeing that prompt ...
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