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Note: Since the response is mostly (but not entirely) positive to this proposal, I'm accepting the answer: I'll be using this policy, erring on the side of not deleting anything of significant value. (See the full answer for discussion of which kinds of situations likely merit deletion.) What do we do? This is a real issue (see the second section), so mods ...


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There is a further "new user" problem here. Evidently a homebrewing.se (as in Sweden, which is where .se in an internet address leads you) exists, and they went there, and could not understand it. Using .se as sloppy shorthand for stackexchange.com created additional confusion here, and should be avoided, precisely because the people who might legitimately ...


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I am certain there was no malice in this action. I know the moderators on this site well and they have always acted in the best interest of the participants here. It is true that we prevent users with under 50 reputation from commenting, leaving them little choice but to write answers. Fortunately, our moderators have an option to convert an answer into a ...


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I think that such comments, as well meant as they are, have unintended consequences which make their net utility negative. Let's go through their effect on different people. Regular users of the site There is no action that regular users can, or should, take when encountering a question with an overlapping topic. So the comment can be only informative. ...


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Just write answers! Mods can't migrate comment -> answer, only answer -> comment. This is probably reasonable, because even really great comments often aren't long and detailed enough to make a real answer. So if you can write answers based on what's in the comments, go for it. Just keep in mind that you'll generally have to add a bit to make them complete ...


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Note: the links in these use the $SITENAME$ url placeholder, so the links don't actually work here, but if you put the same thing into AutoReviewComments it'll work fine. [A] Question as answer We'd love to have your question, but you've posted it as an answer instead and it needs to be in the right place - you can post it as a question instead (there's an ...


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What seems to work well on EL&U site is that usually another member suggests that a commenter make their remark an answer. There is a good amount of community-based coaching on that site and I rarely see a rush to clean up the comments, though it gets done eventually. The opportunity for the community to see the comment trail in its entirety for a day ...


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The answer wasn't "destroyed". It was converted into a comment on the question, which is appropriate: it was trying to clarify the question, not provide an answer. You're welcome to go one step further and edit that information into the question, so it's even more obvious to readers. I suspect the author would've posted it as a comment in the first place if ...


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If you permit me, I would like to play the devil's advocate on the topic. I have been the recipient of such fixed-quickly comments Since I have an Android app which raises a notification on any comment, i get to see the before-edit version rather frequently. (not on this particular site, natch. Frankly, Cooking is one of the nicest, least controvercial SE ...


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I think these kinds of comments can be helpful, but are often posted without being helpful. So I do not favor blanket deletion, but I think that users should feel free to flag them if they think they're unhelpful, and we moderators should exercise our best judgment as usual and possibly delete. There are two main things I'd consider: Phrasing: "{link to ...


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I'll post a copy here for posterity, and to explain why I deleted them. But I absolutely stand by my position that they don't add value to the question or answer. I appreciate that you spent a lot of time writing them, but that unfortunately doesn't make them relevant to future readers. Here are the original comments I deleted: @SAJ14SAJ - Think it ...


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I admit that I'm one of the offenders of this behavior. And typically I do it in one of two cases: I don't have time to post a longer, more complete answer. (in the hopes that someone else will build on it, and flesh it out with explanation, and then they'll get the reputation) I don't have proven experience, and the answer is conjecture. I know that a ...


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The answer to which the comment belongs was deleted. You don't have enough reputation to see deleted answers yet, so you don't see the answer, or its comments, when you visit the question. But the notification system still shows you comments directed at you which were written before the answer was deleted. This is why you got it in your inbox. This is ...


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Rate-limiting is necessary to prevent various forms of abuse. 5 seconds between deletions is not a particularly onerous restriction; if you're encountering this often, you might want to examine the number of off-topic comments you're posting. For lengthy, obsolete discussions, you can flag the post and request that the entire conversation be purged - ...


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Select your username at the top of the page. Select Activity in the menu bar. Select Comments in the sub-menu.


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As another one who sometimes (more by instinct than by bad intent) does that: Sometimes you have a tentative answer, eg something that could save the day but which also could be a technique that is unreliable or has room for improvement (because you might not know yourself), that you want others reading the question thread to consider and chime in on without ...


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Facebook has an edit history button. I believe there should be something similar, with an ability to downvote comments like you can in Quora. I hate e-backtracking as well, especially when you take the time to make a response and the original comment was polished to be made "politically correct" and you end up looking like an idiot. It's true that we are a ...


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