On Interpersonal Skills we regularly get questions that deal with subjects that incite a lot of argument. Unfortunately these questions and their answers often attract many answers or comments that merely want to argue with the decision that the Asker has made or the answer proposes rather than addressing the question. We delete these based on site policy.
We can protect questions to prevent/reduce the number of such answers as they often come from users with no local reputation.
I have yet to find a solution (other than regular policing) to how to prevent comments that do the same.
Addition of a comment does not cause the post to be bumped, so, unless it's flagged, it may survive there for long periods of time.
We don't have a post notice that tells people that argumentative comments will be removed or a way for a moderator to pin or highlight a comment that says this (though whether this would be effective is debatable).
- The concerns discussed in answers to this similar request for a way to pin comments don't really apply in this case. This isn't about comment "importance", it's about highlighting that something isn't acceptable on the site in an attempt to prevent it.
- Locking is unacceptable because it prevents legitimate comments and even voting and editing. There's nothing wrong with the posts.
I can write the comment in BOLD AND ALL CAPS but that's only going to catch so many eyeballs, particularly if it's not visible without clicking.
This came up recently because a new comment was added to an answer on IPS. This answer (fortunately) was written by a moderator, so we were aware of it immediately. On reviewing the remainder of the posts, I found another such comment and removed it.
What tools do moderators have to address this, particularly considering we don't get notification of new comments on old posts unless they are flagged?