I'm wondering if there could be some changes to the pro-forma comments from the "Recommend Deletion" button in the Low Quality Posts review queue. This question is asking for suggestions for what would sound better.
Currently they seem really blunt, especially to a new user.
This is commentary on another post, not an answer
“This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post.”
This is a “thank you” comment
“Please don't add "thank you" as an answer. Instead, vote up the answers that you find helpful.”
Hmm this is okay - maybe a why we don't like them - lots of forums are fine with it?
This is an “I’m having this problem, too” comment
“This does not really answer the question. If you have a different question, you can ask it by clicking Ask Question. You can also add a bounty to draw more attention to this question.”
But the chances are that that question will get closed as a duplicate if someone asks "I have the same issue as this question. Please help me".
This is a different question posted as an answer
“If you have a new question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button. Include a link to this question if it helps provide context.”
This is better but they are likely to do a similar thing - a low quality question.
This is a link-only answer (and not spam)
“While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes.”
What are the essential parts? Make the criteria the we judge it on clear - the link could be removed and the answer is still an answer.
I could quite easily be wrong here - and these comments could be pretty good to the alternative, but I feels like we are being overly blunt to users when we could explain more of what we expect to them.
These comments are not very... welcoming, or explanatory. They're saying "Your question is being deleted because it doesn't fit our rules" not "This question will be deleted soon because we don't like comments in answers because this is a Q&A site not a forum". There is no point driving away potential users - maybe SO doesn't need any more, but there are sites where every new user is wanted, and these comments simply push them away from the site.
So, is there anything these could be changed for, to sound a bit better?