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In some posts - we need to ask the OP for a lot of information, since not everyone knows how to post a perfect question.

Currently the only way to do it is by posting comments - which messes the question and usually becomes irrelevant soon.

Example:

  1. OP posted a question
  2. I comment with request for more data
  3. OP edits the post and comments: "Added more data"
  4. I comment again - give data of type X
  5. OP edits again and comments: "Added data X"
  6. ...

Eventually - all these comments are no longer relevant, and not helpful to anyone.

Can we get some feature which allows to ask the OP directly for more information about a particular issue? Or any other idea that can improve this interaction?

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Can we get a what what .. – bobobobo Aug 27 '12 at 20:25
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While flagging the comments as obsolete is useful, consider if the comment can serve a greater purpose: a warning to the future. A user that flies in from a search engine on a specific question, sees the big ask question button, and goes for it, might ask a better question if they see a comment that says What have you tried? How did it fail? or Please paste your source code here, not a pastebin, so this site remains a source of high-quality questions and answers.

Or at least that's my wishful thinking.

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A noble effort. I bequeath upon you unicorn dreams and rainbow kisses. – Jeff Atwood Jun 15 '11 at 7:28
    
@Jeff: ♥ <-- a double rainbow! --> – sarnold Jun 15 '11 at 7:35
    
One gets the impression that @Jeff's experiments with democratically-run Q&A has severely dented his faith in humanity, at least the homo netiens variety :) – Benjol Jun 15 '11 at 8:15
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@benjol come with me if you want to live. – Jeff Atwood Jun 15 '11 at 8:30

Flag the comments, marking them as obsolete, and they'll be deleted by a moderator.

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Sounds a bit like an overhead, no? – RonK Jun 15 '11 at 6:31
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@RonK Wouldn't adding in a completely new feature to deal with this one small problem be even more of an overhead? – waiwai933 Jun 15 '11 at 6:34

Can't you just delete your redundant comment after the update?

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I can, but if I delete mine and the OP's comments remain, the comment conversation becomes unclear – RonK Jun 15 '11 at 7:10

Can't there be a "send message to op" button?

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-1 because it doesn't address the return comments and is essentially a duplicate of this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/431/… – forsvarir Jun 15 '11 at 8:13
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Yup, easy, here you go: $('#question').find('.comments-link').text('send message to op'); – Benjol Jun 15 '11 at 8:17
    
You don't have to call it 'send message' - it can just be 'request more info' - same way you do it when QA opens an unclear JIRA ... – RonK Jun 15 '11 at 9:09
    
Seems like this should be a comment not an answer. – Brian Jun 15 '11 at 17:45

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