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"Show X more comments" link appears even when there is nothing to be shown [duplicate]

My flag "It's no longer needed" was accepted for four comments under this question: Safeness of changing proto field number After deletion, when I revisited the post, it showed "Show 2 ...
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Giving a generic comment/message for negative vote [duplicate]

I have seen a couple of suggestions on downvoting, such as: Every downvote should be accompanied by a mandatory comment. The first downvote should be accompanied by a mandatory comment. Downvotes ...
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Duplicate canned comments from Low Quality Posts review queue

I'm not sure what happened here, but it seems like some kind of race condition and/or incomplete review item submission. Anyway, there's a 100% duplicate comment by the same user. Even the link is ...
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Able to post comments on comment-locked questions by triggering the trivial answer conversion to comment script

The system has a feature where if one posts an answer with very short text and an internal link to another post on the site, it will not be posted as an answer, but instead as a comment, telling the ...
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Moderators removing individual comments which do not fall outside of known guidelines or rules [migrated]

I would like to know why some of my comments are being removed from questions posted to StackOverflow. There has been one in the last few hours, in this question, which I have reposted, (not word for ...
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Please make the revision histories of comments visible to their authors

When one posts a comment, one is able to edit it during a brief grace period. Moderators can edit any comment at any time. A comment that has been edited will have a little pencil symbol: Moderators ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask moderator to share details related to my comment's edit history (when it was edited by a mod/staff)?

One of my comments which I did not edit had the pencil symbol beside it and the tooltip mentioned "this comment was edited one time". So, it is obvious that some moderator or staff edited my ...
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Is there some difference between typing a username and using the auto-complete?

When typing (or editing) a comment, after typing @ and the first letter of a username, we're offered the choice of usernames that were in the conversation and can input them into typing the whole ...
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Delete half of a comment [duplicate]

Often I'll be reading an old post and the comments below it. Sometimes the comments will have lost relevance (such as one about a necessary edit that has since been made), so I flag these for ...
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Criteria for deleting comments? [closed]

What is the criteria for deleting comments? Why isn't there a notification that a comment was deleted? Just today, I gave a big thank you to a contributor (Ed Beal) whom I respect a lot for supporting ...
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Comment flags visible on wrong page after merging questions

I just merged a question with an answer which had a couple of comments flagged as 'No longer needed'. When I visit the merged question, the answer is gone, but the comment flags are still visible in ...
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MathJax not rendering properly in comment on mobile-sized screen

MathJax is not rendering properly in the comment of this post. Original comment: In mobile view:
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Is there a collection of popular/helpful comment responses for questions? [duplicate]

I would like to quickly respond to a question with a comment such as "Your questions is not clear" or "Please include some code" or "This question belongs on Stack Overflow&...
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Using the Space key to upvote/un-upvote a comment does not work

Upvoting and un-upvoting a comment is not possible using the Space key. This used to work before: Space triggers confirm dialog regarding reversal of vote on comments Here's a GIF showing how upvoting/...
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Bug with extended discussions? [duplicate]

When there were too many comments, I received this message: Please avoid extended discussions in comments. Would you like to automatically move this discussion to chat? I clicked the link, and went ...
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Comment ping one of two users with same name? [duplicate]

I would like to address the first "Michael" in this comment thread I found this at https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/43020/235923: Matching is performed in reverse chronological order, so ...
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Closing as duplicate produces a comment with broken markdown and link, if the question title is too long [duplicate]

On https://ru.meta.stackoverflow.com/, I tried to close a question as a duplicate of Что делать при получении сообщения «Вопросы/ответы участника с данной учётной записью больше не принимаются»?. This ...
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Why are tooltips for bare links to SE posts (in comments) not capitalized despite the actual posts being capitalized?

When posting links to SE posts in comments, where links are not converted to links with titles, the tooltips for those links are not capitalized. For example, this is a bare link with an uncapitalized ...
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Stack Overflow data dump: Discrepancy of PostIDs in Posts.xml and Comments.xml

I am aggregating the URLs that have been shared on SO, and linking them back to the corresponding tags in the Question post. Along the way, I noticed a subset of ~100 PostIds that have URLs in the ...
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Making a constructive workflow for new users who post "me too" [non-]answers

I've noticed (particularly on 3D Printing SE, but as I understand it this happens across many sites) a number of instances of new users wrongly posting an answer to an old question to bump it, asking ...
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Upvoting your own comments is possible in site-migrated posts [duplicate]

I know this might be a trifle, but I wanted to mention this in case this is unexpected behaviour. I recently got a question migrated from Server Fault to Super User. I didn't have a user created in ...
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When going back in the browser to where you've added a comment - the comment is missing [duplicate]

If I'm on an SE question page, and: Add a comment to the question or to an answer Visit another URL on the same browser tab Press back the comment I added is missing. This is not a new issue, I've ...
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Appearance of sock puppet-y users in comments [duplicate]

Over the past week or so, I've run into some accounts that seem questionable. I understand that they may not actually be sock puppets as defined below, but they do appear to be users masking their ...
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What makes a comment substantive enough to deactivate "one-flag deletion" due to "certain keywords"?

Per How do comments work? Comments containing certain keywords can be deleted with a single flag. It is thought "thanks" is one of them. Which for a second was alarming; a single flag can ...
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Is it Better to Leave a Comment or Pose a New Question Asking for Elaboration?

Sometimes after I receive a good answer to a question, the poster will leave an additional suggestion for me as they have done for my most recent question. This sparks my curiosity, and I would like ...
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Can I ask another question based on the previous question and its comment?

I don't know if it is duplication but I wanted to make another question which is modified based on my previous question and its comments. For example, I posted a question about a claim and its proof. ...
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Can't mark custom comment flag as helpful after the comment has been deleted automatically

What happened: A user voted to close a question as duplicate, generating an automatic comment "Does this answer your question?" Another user flagged that question with a custom comment flag ...
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Can I award a bounty to a comment owner?

I've seen the following in the Article about bounties under "How is a bounty awarded?": The bounty period lasts 7 days. Bounties must have a minimum duration of at least 1 day. After the ...
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Display bug on code block in comments [duplicate]

I noticed this display bug on a comment, where the spaces inside code block is extended well past the comment width, and well beyond the content width as well, bleeding into the margins.
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When a question is migrated to another site, are askers/answers who aren't members of the target site notified of later comments/answers?

I came across a question that had recently been migrated from another site, after which an experienced user added a standard asking-for-more-information comment. But I then noticed that the question's ...
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"comments must be at least 15 characters in length" when I am trying to post a question [duplicate]

I have been trying to post a question on Stack Overflow for the first time. My title and body meet the minimum character requirements, but when I try to post it, I get "Comments must be at least ...
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Automatically inform newcomers of how comment @replies work

I often find myself informing the newcomers about the comment @replies, since otherwise the comments they write (when trying to reply to someone) often remain unnoticed due to lack of notifications. I ...
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AI to use grammar syntax for auto-flagging comments

We were having a titillating discussion in the Teacher's Lounge about toxic comments when it came up that "imperatives" could indicate rude comments. I won't defend this, but I'll explain ...
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How can I jump to the oldest page of comments for a user?

Suppose I want to find the oldest page of comments of a user by URL. Here is mine https://math.stackexchange.com/users/717650/etemon?tab=activity&sort=comments&page=27 But as you can see, in ...
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Can you @ping a user after they have deleted their last comment? [duplicate]

You can use @<user> to ping/notify a user that has commented previously. But if they have deleted their last comment do they still receive notifications if another user @-pings them in the same ...
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Buttons on Flagged Comments do not work on Moderator Tools Page

I noticed today when reviewing a flagged comment on Arqade's Moderators Tools page (/admin/dashboard), I could not use any of the buttons on the comment itself to perform any action, including: Flag ...
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"Add a Comment" is broken on <site>/admin/dashboard

The "Add a Comment" link on questions/answers on https://superuser.com/admin/dashboard is no longer working. Clicking on it jumps to the top of the page. The link behind "Add a Comment&...
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Comment excerpts missing on "All actions" section of user "Activity" tab

All actions used to include an excerpt of comments, but now they're missing. Is this a bug or an intentional change? If it's intentional, why? I use All actions to follow up on comments I left on new ...
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What's the reasoning behind the availability of edit history for a message in chat but not in posts (for regular user)?

In chat we (as a regular user) can see a complete history of edits to a message, even made a few seconds apart. But for a regular user (non-mod/staff) there is no history of edits to a comment in ...
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"Magic Links" displayed text ambiguous in some cases

The help-center "magic links" for comments such as [help/on-topic], [help/dont-ask] and [help/behavior] currently have the ambiguous (and poorly capitalized) display text of "help ...
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Flagging comments on mobile is impossible unless you previously switched to desktop view prior to mobile site removal

Do not press "mobile" at the bottom of the page or otherwise try to reproduce this bug! While this flag bug was fixed, there are other subtle bugs with the same root cause. It's very hard to ...
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Make it easier to refer to an answer with the poster's name

If, in a question, answer or comment, I want to refer to someone's answer, I usually also want to mention their username, e.g. @SomePerson's [answer](https://link.goes.here). That means I have to: ...
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Are we allowed to use emojis in comments?

I was wondering if we are allowed to use emojis (not excessively of course) in the comments to a post. This came to my mind when writing: I don’t know if we are referring to the same restrictions ...
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How should I reply to a comment which is a request for code?

In a comments discussion I was asked in a comment to share my code. Unfortunately the code exceeds the number of characters allowed in the comment. I'm not a question owner nor the answer.
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Can I remove comments that are now obsolete (superfluous)? [duplicate]

A question is made. An answer is given. Comments are given on the answer and request the answer be changed. The answer gets changed and the back-and-forth comments are now superfluous (unnecessary). ...
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Indicate or limit character capacity in custom comment textarea of review modal

I was reviewing a first question from a new user today in the review queue and wrote a custom comment that was evidently too long. At the time of writing, I didn't realize that I exceeded the ...
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Add link to help center in the canned First question comments

When reviewing a user's first question, we can opt to leave a comment, and there is the option of picking 2 canned comments: Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to ...
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Count length of comment only by the markdown formatted *result* length, not by its *raw input* length [duplicate]

When adding markdown formatted links, you have the chance to give a short and readable name to a link, using : I have to change it to: to be able to comment. Result: If I try to save some space in ...
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Is flagging a bunch of "thanks" comments OK?

I made a SEDE query to find all the comments that contained thank, the @ character, weren't saying yes/no to something, and were less than 20 characters. The query is here. It returned over 1400 ...
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If I've already left a comment in review, the system doesn't need to suggest an automated comment

I couldn't see this suggested elsewhere, but if I leave a comment during review, I don't need an automated comment suggested to me. If the option to leave a comment has some other purpose (moves it to ...

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