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When comments get too chatty the move-to-chat feature asks if you'd like to move it out. But this often happens after the fact and thus doesn't prevent it.

I propose that:

  • Move-to-chat be provided as a button along side so that a user who knows their question or conversation may become drawn out may elect to preempt and take the conversation "off-line"
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It would also be nice to flag conversations for Moderators to move to chat. (Is this currently accepted flagging behavior?) –  Chris Frederick Aug 4 '11 at 23:22
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@Chris I dislike this idea, commentary should often be a bit free-flow. I’d rather see a system where off-topic comments can be removed, humorous flagged so it needn’t be shown and extended ghettoized (so that if someone wanted to see all comments they’d still have the ability). Properly tagging and filtering information is preferable to ‘daddy’ telling us what we can read and what we ‘need to and don’t need to know’. –  user136460 Aug 4 '11 at 23:50
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@user136460 Off-topic comments already can and are flagged and removed. My suggestion would be the equivalent of "locking" the comments on a particular question or answer—migrating them to a more appropriate place, really. –  Chris Frederick Aug 4 '11 at 23:59
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@Chris Unfortunately, moderators cannot move comment conversations to chat, though it has been requested. –  Gilles Sep 8 '11 at 23:54
    
@user136460 Except that at the moment, what happens is effectively a religious war builds up in the comments section, which is not what it's for. Commentary should be for requesting clarification, adding detail and possibly giving simple examples. Answers are supposed to be clear, and 200 comments between stubborn geniuses won't help that. Moving it to the chat is basically the equivalent of marking something as "chat". –  deworde Feb 16 '12 at 10:27

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There is merit in this feature request. At least for Q&A based tech-support sites like Ask Ubuntu and Ask Different, where more often than not, we get troubleshooting type of questions. Because of the nature of the target audience, we assume that the user has none to limited knowledge.

Given this context, if a new user posts a question that requires a bit of to-and-fro communication, the comments aren't really effective in solving the problem. And some of us think that the troubleshooting issues can be better handled if we could immediately bring users into chat.

While chat requires a minimum 20 rep to use, I do realize that if you were to grant explicit write access to the user, we can sort that part out.

But, for that to happen rather seamlessly, having a button in the question that invites the user as well as provides explicit write access by a click of a button would be rather handy.

(Relevant part of our conversation regarding this issue)

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It is disappointing to see this suggestion has languished here for nearly 9 months. I don't want to isolate anyone in chat. But if things are getting chatty in the comments and you want to do something about it, there is currently no easy button I can push to request to move to chat. I had hoped that by now there would be. –  irrational John May 12 '12 at 2:48

I wanted to propose it myself and I am glad that the question is being discussed already. I would like to add also that a possibility to say something "not to everybody" will solve the so long discussed problem of "excessive" thanks.

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Yes, it should. This would particularly solve problems with sites like parenting, where soapboxing is common and we occasionally end up with very BAD advice given in comments where it can't be downvoted.

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