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Is it practical to determine when to stop posting/trading comments on an answer on Stack Overflow? Are there guidelines for how we can avoid a drawn out comment stream?

Basically, if the comments look like they are evolving into a new question or perhaps even a discussion, is it acceptable to formulate a truly new question and post the new question?

I just want to keep the quality of my questions/comments good and on topic.

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This is indeed a support question in this way, it's okay. ♪ – Grace Note Jun 10 '11 at 16:41
@random thanks for your edits! It's clear, concise, and to the point. – marie martin Jun 10 '11 at 18:38
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Sometimes comments can go on for a while and I think that's OK. It's when it delves into namecalling or general disrepect for another person that is when it should stop.

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