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Should support be provided for ephemeral comments? [duplicate]

I understand and respect the policy against being "chatty" with the comment system, but I think there are substantive benefits to simple "thank yous" and certain other strictly social comments. I ...
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Self destructing comments [duplicate]

Most of the time (but not always) when I post a comment it is only relevant for a short time - a day or two. For example a comment might say "Please post some code." A reply might be "Thanks, I've ...
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Ephemeral comments [duplicate]

Having deleted hundreds of "chatty", "not constructive" and "obsolete" comments, it seems there are (roughly) two kinds of comments: Permanent, eg "The foo library has been deprecated. Use foo2 ...
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Option for comments to die after being read by intended recipient [duplicate]

It would often be useful if a comment disappeared when the intended recipient read it. Two cases come to mind: Notes of thanks, currently discouraged as polluting. Suggesting edits for OP to assess....
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19answers
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Any way to send a personal message to another user?

There has been quite a few times that I wished I could send a message to another user on SO - not ask a question for everyone to see, but just a short message informing them of something or requesting ...
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7answers
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Hide trivial comments

Update: this particular implementation has been abandoned for now, please help us measure the cost of displaying comments instead. If you look around the internet, you'll find that: 99.9 percent ...
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11answers
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Which SO (not MSO) behaviors are we most “losing the battle” against?

It occurred to me today that there are quite a few things that we, as human beings, are naturally inclined to do on SO but really "ought" not to for the sake of the site. They're the kind of things ...
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5answers
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Are all the “+1” comments really necessary?

Am I the only one that finds all the "+1" comments annoying? An example comment might look something like "+1 nice answer". These sorts of comments, without any kind of explanation or exposition, ...
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4answers
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Why should users have to press Return twice to insert new lines?

When I post a question and want to add a new line, I have to press Return two times, or else the next text will appear on the same line. Is this really supposed to behave this way? If so, why?
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1answer
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When is “EDIT”/“UPDATE” appropriate in a post?

I often see questions edited into this form: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet blah blah blah paragraph paragraph original question. UPDATE: The Lorem disappeared and left this message: "new ...
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4answers
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Automatically hide old comments

Comments are useful. Many, many posts need some small amount of meta discussion, and comments fulfill this need. Comments are also noisy and distracting. Occasionally, someone will post an ...
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3answers
881 views

Allow low-rep users to suggest edits

Today, it requires 2000 reputation to edit questions/answers; most users don't have that much reputation. Quora allows anyone to click on a "Suggest Edits" button; it launches the editor and ...
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6answers
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Dealing with the weeds that are comments on Stack Overflow

Comments are impermanent. They've always been meant to be. The problem is, unless a moderator goes through a question and physically deletes the comments, they're pretty permanent. Why is this a ...
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2answers
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self-flagging comments?

I sometimes leave comments that are definitely Noise, and should probably be removed as soon as the other person sees it. (No, I don't really want a private-message system. I like the open community ...
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2answers
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Allow sites to choose whether comments should cost reputation in relation to how many visible comments by the same user on a post

This is, possibly, a crazy idea, but I'm going to float it mostly just to see what happens. Please bear with me and read this through before voting. Different sites have different community opinions ...