Sometimes, I see comments on here which I definitely can't understand or translate.
In that case, I write something like that :

@userxxxxx Sorry, I can't translate "incomprehensible sentence example" at all.

Usually, you do this for the question, or the answer. Most of the time, I didn't write any answers nor the question.

That kind of comment is very chatty, because it reply to an another comment without bringing anything useful for the question (since others peoples seems to understand the comment).
In the same time, I can't understand the comment which prevent me from really understand the answer.

So, shall I continue to write that kind of comments? If not, what shall I do?


On the meta, it's probably not as big a deal because understanding a comment is not terribly important (posts have all the weight, comments are more side conversations).

On main sites like Stack Overflow, it would be a good idea to ask for clarification, normally because the OP adds details about the problem in the comments instead of editing the post (and god I hate when they do). So in that case understanding the comment lets you better understand the question.

  • I was especially thinking to this with my question. – user2284570 May 2 '14 at 20:51
  • @user2284570 So in your example, Tim is the author of the post (answer), and it seems that understanding the comment would help give you more information. I might not say it in those words, maybe "I don't understand what you just said..." followed by your best guess at what you think it means. – gunr2171 May 2 '14 at 20:54
  • Yes, and I don't understand it due to my English level. I have no idea for my example. – user2284570 May 2 '14 at 20:55
  • @user2284570, that's fine (it's one of those strange idioms English has). If you ask for clarification, the author or someone else has a good chance of getting back to you. – gunr2171 May 2 '14 at 20:57

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