So, I'm new here but, I've seen a lot of comments that are extremely rude. The most common ones are "RTFM" type comments placed as part of answers. I can understand the frustrations related to RTFM responses (or similar), but you are the one that came to Stack * in the first place. What's worse, people tend to promote rude answers in comments on said answers either by commenting their approval or up voting answers.
It appears I am not the only one to noticing this either. Does the Stack * community really benefit form such behavior?
Here is where the problem lies though.
Some answers are good answers, yet have rude/inappropriate comments toward the OP in them. It is hard for me to downvote the best answer on the page just because it has that kind of behavior in it. However, as far as I know, even if a moderator edits it the user is not necessarily punished for their behavior. It is also hard for my to up vote for the same reasons. To me, using up/down voting in this manner also goes against the idea behind them (getting the best answer voted up so that it receives attention in the future).
So, with that, I'm curious what you all think may work better to promote good behavior or punish users that a frequently found rude, innapropriate, or off topic in answers beyond simple moderation.