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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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Does Politics.SE have a problem with too many comments?

Does Politics.SE have an issue/challenge/problem with too many comments on some questions? I am an outsider to the Politics.SE community. As someone who mostly reads but doesn't post, I've noticed a ...
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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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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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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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Confusion on community standards on debates in comments

I'm a lurker on this stack and I know that each site can have its own community standards. So, I'm curious if the standards here on comments debating whether or not something would be a good idea are ...
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When are comments on this site unfriendly or unkind?

I'm more of a lurker here. I usually just read a little here and there, but I get into it every now and then if the right HNQ caught my eye. So I'm not super familiar with this community. I flagged ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why erase comments if they present reasons for not closing a question?

This question has a few votes to close. There is also a comment under it arguing that it should be closed. Regardless of whether the question should be closed or not, I left a comment explaining my ...
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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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Which comment flags should be used for what reasons? with the additional intent to minimize mod workload

If I flag a comment, I am presented with a number of choices. It contains harassment, bigotry, or abuse. This comment attacks a person or group. Learn more in our Code of Conduct. unfriendly or ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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How is asking for reasonable sources not a "request clarification or suggest improvements"?

I got into a "comment war" on the following question Does Israeli law permit a government to impose a blanket ban on its citizens to prevent them from leaving the country? - Politics Stack ...
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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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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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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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Text repeats endlessly

In my answer here while trying to edit, parts of the post kept repeating endlessly so that at some point it reached the limit of 30000 characters! The repeats are visible in the history Again this ...
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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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What is the point of comments like "Doesn't answer the question."?

From time to time I see comments like Doesn't answer the question. At best such comments are useless, since they do not explain what is the problem with the question - the same point is sufficiently ...
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Feature request - Let us flag our own comments

This site often results in overly long discussions in the comments sections. It would be nice if I could flag one of my own comments (e.g., a comment along the lines of "This discussion has gone ...
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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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Why are several of my comments being deleted?

I had a comment here replying to another user which was removed. I've noticed this happening on numerous threads now, where my comments are being removed from controversial threads. I can understand ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to simply remove all my comments from Politcs SE?

I would like to remain a user on this site and if possible retain my reputation points. I am not comfortable with the recent discourse. Is there simple way to remove all of my presence without ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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<<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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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 was my comment offering a clarification deleted?

Yes, I know it is a common question here, and that comments are like temporary post-it notes. However, in general comments that are helpful and / or offer clarification are rarely deleted. In the ...
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Why were my comments under this answer deleted?

My comments under this answer have been deleted without explanation. The top comment under the answer says that comments have been moved to chat, but I don't see mine there. If they were deemed ...
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