I've seen a lot of debate on the use of comments. Although they extremely useful (allow people to gain more information on a question and possibly give resources supporting the question), a lot of people have brought up the aspect of some comments becoming nothing more than "noise".
The amount of comments have lead to the inability to properly moderate. Of course cutting comments down won't magically make comments moderatable, but it's a step towards it (and with a growing community like this, the problems will only get worse until they're dealt with).
I've seen a lot of these "noise" comments from highly reputable people, stating "+1 beat me to it" or "very well explained" (not sure if the second one counts as "too chatty"), so it's obviously something that isn't too much of a bother. These are also handled by flags. But, some other comments that might not be considered "noise" are also contributing towards the amount of daily comments in a powerful way.
What are some solutions? Start cutting down the amounts of comments. That's the best place to start. Comments are harder to moderate, seeing how there could be many reasons for why a comment would be considered "noise". If we cut down the amount of needed human-moderation, then it could be possible to moderate comments in the future
How would it be done? Compile a list of the most commonly seen comments, and create actions for them (similar to voting, flagging, ect.. rather than plain text). This will allow us to not only cut back on the amount of comments, but to moderate these "needs" in a more efficient manner (reviews, bots).
- Less comments
- More detailed posts (can see details by looking at actions made to the question; similar to voting)
- Progress towards fixing the "comment-as-answer" problem
- Easier to inform OP of problem in question
- More moderation needed
Keeping in mind the intentions of these sites, with the motive of keeping it clean, do you think that reasons people would comment should be looked at in more detail, giving the ability to possibly implement some features to cut comments down to size?
Some examples of things I've seen people use comments for: "Did you try debugging?/Try debugging it." "Post the errors you get" "Possible Duplicate" "Not enough code / Please give us a small executable example"
And the list goes on. Although these are useful comments, they are tedious and overly-used comments (although properly used). What are some of the things you feel specific comments could be replaced with?
If you feel comments should stay how they are, and no modification is necessary, feel free to state why