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Right now, the delete-reasons and accompanying auto-comments on the VLQ-queue are as follows.

  • No comment needed
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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 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."

Some of these are quite terse, especially to new users. I find myself often going back, deleting the auto-comment that was left in my name, and leaving another message to the new user, most importantly explaining why.

Can we please adjust these auto-comments for the benefit of new users?

The model most new users will have for interaction online is most likely Facebook, an online forum, Reddit, a comment section on a news site, Instagram.

Stack Exchange is not like that. The sooner we get that point across, the better. But the current way of doing that is by telling a new user — most likely as their first interaction with the Stack Exchange Network — "that thing you just did is bad, don't do it again" without explaining why.

My suggestion would be something like

  • This is commentary on another post, not an answer
    "Hello there. This does not provide an answer to the question. We're a Q&A-site, not a regular forum; we're looking for answers. Comments are meant for clarification mainly. To learn more, please take the [tour]."
  • This is a "thank you" comment
    "Hello there. Please don't add "thank you" as an answer. We're a Q&A-site, not a regular forum; we're looking for answers. Please vote up the answers that you find helpful. To learn more, please take the [tour]."
  • This is an "I'm having this problem, too" comment
    "Hello there. This does not provide an answer to the question. We're a Q&A-site, not a regular forum; we're looking for answers. If you have the same question, please vote up this question. If you have a different question, you can ask it by clicking Ask Question. To learn more, please take the [tour]."
  • This is a different question posted as an answer
    "Hello there. This does not provide an answer to the question. We're a Q&A-site, not a regular forum; we're looking for answers. If you have a different question, you can ask it by clicking Ask Question. To learn more, please take the [tour]."
  • This is a link-only answer (and not spam)
    "Hello there. 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. We're a Q&A-site, not a regular forum; we're looking for self-contained answers. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. To learn more, please take the [tour]."
  • Other / no comment needed
    Provide an optional comment box here.

There's the general request to hold language in comments to the same standard as posts. I feel this feature request is related.
Also, I note a similar request on the meta of Mi Yodeya.

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    This doesn't improve the automatic comments. It just adds a few feel-goody greetings and a link to the tour, which is already available as a link on every page and which new users are already prompted to read. – forest Sep 12 '18 at 21:51

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