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This might not be a popular topic for many, but very interesting for a few, so maybe this feature request could also be introduced as a high level privilege.
I regularly like to add useful comments to new users' posts to urge them to read a certain page from the StackOverflow Help Center to help them improve their post if they have strayed far from the guidelines. Here is a typical example of a comment that I would leave:
Your answer has been down voted by several members of the StackOverflow community because it does not meet some basic requirements. Please see the How do I write a good answer? page of the StackOverflow Help Center to help you to improve your answer. If you improve it, your down votes may be removed. See the What is reputation? How do I earn (and lose) it? page for more information.
Now it's true that if I didn't do this, then people would eventually flag the answer and it would get deleted and the user would get a pre-defined explanation, but I feel that my comments are more welcoming, more friendly... more human. Also, leaving these comments is a great way to get users to actually read the help pages and therefore, adhere to the advice given there.
And it's not always for poor quality answers. It could be that a user leaves a comment saying that they have down voted a user for doing something that the Help Center says is perfectly acceptable. I also find myself needing to leave comments with links to the same certain code API webpages again and again. Of course, there are many different situations and I won't go through them all here, but it's not just me either. I've also seen other users that leave the same comments pointing to this resource, or that, on different posts in the same situations.
Anyway, my point is this: I find myself repeatedly re-writing the same old helpful comments again and again. It takes quite a while to keep navigating to the various web pages to copy the titles and URLs to make the links in the comments for the users.
So I was wondering if there could be a feature, maybe provided as a high level privilege, where I could store a small number of draft comments and access them from the comments panel?
By 'comments', I mean the actual characters that are written in the comment input text box, including the formatting characters.
I can visualise a number of buttons under the Add Comment button, which when clicked, could paste the relevant saved comment into the comment input text box. Maybe something like this:
Or even better, instead of the buttons, there could be a combo box with titles of the draft comments, so that we could be sure which comment we were requesting.
Please share your thoughts on this.
Please note that I am aware that I can search through my answers using
is:answer, but it seems that there is no corresponding
is:comment value that I can use. I have also seen the Can I search my comments using some keyword(s)? and How can I search StackOverflow comments? pages here on Meta, but they both confirm that I can't search through my previous comments.
Thanks to @Michael Petrotta for providing a link to a script that provides this functionality on the AutoReviewComments - Pro-forma comments for SE page from StackApps. This page has an image that shows what it looks like... it's pretty similar to what I was thinking:
As I replied in my comment though, I'd still really like to see this feature 'built in' to StackOverflow. Again, let me know your thoughts please.