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The placeholder text on Stack Overflow is:

Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements. Avoid comments like

So, what kind of comments should be avoided? I seem to recall that it was only

Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements.



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I notice the same on Meta. Tested in latest Chrome and Firefox versions on OS X.

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[status-norepro] on iPod Touch 4th gen iOS 5.1.1 using Safari - I see "Request clarification or add information." – Doorknob Jul 25 '13 at 9:33
Mmh. I see it Firefox and Chrome, OS X. – Felix Jul 25 '13 at 9:35 @Doorknob – hjpotter92 Jul 25 '13 at 9:35
Better embed screenshot into the bug report. – Shadow Wizard Jul 25 '13 at 9:36
Doesn't seem incomplete to me. It's telling you to avoid writing incomplete comments, like – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 25 '13 at 9:36
What you did there, I see it. – hjpotter92 Jul 25 '13 at 9:37
@hjp Hmm, I would post a screenshot but I can from this iPod :P – Doorknob Jul 25 '13 at 9:38
Before it was "Notify others of updates or address concerns raised." as can be seen here. (this is one good side of so many bugs, lots of screenshots! :-)) – Shadow Wizard Jul 25 '13 at 9:40
And just yesterday it was "Request clarification or add more information." I think it's safe to say they're still trying to figure out what the text should be at all. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 25 '13 at 9:41
@BoltClock'saUnicorn if this is really the case, I am not sure if everyone gets this... – Uooo Jul 25 '13 at 9:46
`` – Old Checkmark Jul 25 '13 at 9:55
@BoltClock: I'm all for trying to find the right text, as long as it is grammatically – Felix Jul 25 '13 at 12:44
I don't usually post comments, but when I do – Old Checkmark Jul 25 '13 at 13:04
It's just an error in the HTML. The placeholder attributes have quotes in them, the same quotes as the delimiter quotes. Very simple error, really. Very beginner error too. – Mr Lister Jul 25 '13 at 13:46
Unfortunately this little error breaks several scripts (as e.g. the AutoReviewComments). Luckily the cause was found and a fix be deployed soon. But usually, before deployment to production, shouldn't this – Izzy Jul 25 '13 at 14:36
up vote 25 down vote accepted

It's fixed and it will be out in the

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cool, thanks for – Old Checkmark Jul 25 '13 at 12:42
ha ha, I was about to say something similar, like – Aaron Bertrand Jul 25 '13 at 15:53
I've just pushed the – Sklivvz Jul 25 '13 at 16:01
... deploy button – Old Checkmark Jul 25 '13 at 16:01
Wow, I can see the – Amal Murali Jul 25 '13 at 16:24
Comment placeholders on own answers say ‘… edit your question …’. Can that be fixed as easily as this one? Perhaps changing the wording to ‘edit your post’ would suffice. Or do I need to post the request as a new meta question? – Andriy M Jul 25 '13 at 16:34
@AndriyM New question, but I think there's already something open, please search first. – Sklivvz Jul 25 '13 at 16:41
Haha, I see what you – Doorknob Jul 28 '13 at 0:46
You accidentally the – Lightness Races in Orbit Jul 31 '13 at 13:48

I think the staff is trying to have different messages depending on whether the post is yours or not.

If you are the post owner, the comment placeholder is complete (see below)

screenshot of comment placeholder

But if it's not your post, the comment placeholder is incomplete.

I think the staff just

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Yeah it definitely appears that they – James Donnelly Jul 25 '13 at 11:24
You should clean your screen, it's apparently really dirty – Michael Mrozek Jul 25 '13 at 16:00
@MichaelMrozek, looks fine on my screen. I think your screen – Old Checkmark Jul 25 '13 at 16:02
He's commenting on the fact that you used a blurry, highly-compressed JPEG for your screenshot – Cody Gray Jul 26 '13 at 1:14
I tried to make it PNG but it stayed blurry because apparently you JPEG-compressed it before uploading, for some reason. At least it has more unicorn now. – Doorknob Jul 27 '13 at 23:28
@Doorknob: When else would one JPEG-compress an image? – Ryan O'Hara Jul 27 '13 at 23:56
@minitech IIRC, imgur keeps a jpeg and png version. (Also, nice edit comme – Doorknob Jul 27 '13 at 23:57

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