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Comments are small addenda to each question or answer, intentionally limited in size and formatting and intended to prompt clarifying edits. Can also be used for comments on the blog posts.

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How do comment @replies work?

How do the comment replies (aka "pinging users") work? Who can I send an @reply to? How do I respond to a specific user when entering my comment? Will they be notified? What do people mean ...
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Encouraging people to explain downvotes

Note: If you're looking for a simple explanation as to why comments aren't required on downvotes, see Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such ...
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How do comments work?

Across the Stack Exchange network you may leave comments on a question or answer. How do comments work? What are comments for, and when shouldn't I comment? Who can post comments? Who can edit ...
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Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead?

Users with less than 50 reputation points cannot write comments on questions and answers that they don't own. Why does this limit exist? But I want to contribute now. What should I do instead? But I ...
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How does comment voting and flagging work?

Comments can now be upvoted and flagged. How do those features work? Do users get rep for their upvoted comments? Do upvoted comments have any effect on comment sorting? And can users see their own ...
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Add data.SE style "magic links" to comments

Ask yourself how many times you typed the following in a comment: [meta](https://meta.stackexchange.com) Me, personally, I'm sick of it. Can we have some data.stackexchange.com-style "magic links" ...
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Cancelling upvote on comment?

As mentioned on uservoice: For something that can be done so easily by accident, there should be the ability to undo mistakes. I know that I have clicked several times on a comment up-vote ...
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Make recent activity and responses show new comments on questions/answers I have commented on (even if I don't own them)

I'd like the recent activity and responses pages to show new comments on questions/answers I have commented on (even if I don't own them). If I leave a comment somewhere, I am implicitly engaging in ...
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Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment

This question is a great example of people coming from Google and using answers as comments. I understand the reputation threshold is there to prevent spam, but Answers are just as prone to spam as ...
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Mark a comment as the answer to a question

I have a question and have seen others to which the best and most relevant answer (at least the one that solved my particular problem) is placed in the comments to the question as opposed to the ...
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Allow downvoting comments

Answers and questions allow both upvoting and downvoting - comments, however, only allow upvoting. I think it would be useful to allow downvoting of comments for two reasons: First, if you ...
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How does a lurker gain reputation to receive privilege for commenting? [duplicate]

I have been reading Stack Exchange for years - mostly not logged in, and have never posted (this is my first). I'm simply not very talkative, and very good at googling. Recently a few occasions have ...
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Direct Link to a Comment

The increase in the character limit of comments has led them to become as important as the questions and answers that spawn them. On several occasions (especially on meta) I've found reason to want to ...
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Eeeeek - what happened to my @ salutation?

I just posted a comment beginning with @username, and my @username part of the comment disappeared (it was the first word in the comment). Is there a lolcat inside the Stack Exchange database nomming ...
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Deleting a comment (mine) shouldn't count as a comment vote

I had an old question that I revisited in order to link it in a new answer. I noticed that in the comments Steven A Lowe had a funny comment that I -- at the time -- had responded to with "why can't I ...
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Why do some people answer in comments?

Why do some people post comments that are actually answers to the question? Wouldn't posting an answer be better?
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Replace links with the current question title in comments

In questions, links get converted into question titles (see Replace trilogy raw links with the current question title?) Can the same functionality be added to comments?
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Reputation for comments?

I have seen many good comments that really improve the quality of questions and answers, and I think they deserve a bit of reputation (maybe just 1 point) for a upvote.
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What should be done with questions that have been resolved as a comment instead of an answer?

I'm trying to go through and provide answers to every unanswered question (search "closed:0 answers:0"), somewhat following the spirit that was blogged about at The Horror of No Answer: ...
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Is it appropriate to comment on people's accept rate? [closed]

I've seen a lot of comments on SO, of the kind (paraphrasing brutally): (on questions) if you start accepting some answers, I might deign to post a reply (on answers) good answer, but perhaps too ...
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Why isn't it required to provide comments/feedback for downvotes, and why are proposals suggesting this so negatively received?

Sometimes my post receives downvotes with no explanation on what I've done wrong. Even worse, sometimes I just get snarky comments! It seems like this is especially bad for new users, who are made to ...
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Should we be allowed to edit comments?

I am a horrendous speller, and my mild dyslexia does not help. Sometimes I typo in my comments, I look at it a few days later and see something that screams to be fixed. But to fix it I would have ...
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"What have you tried" epidemic

Statistics The usage of "what you tried" (WHYT) is growing (v2) In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%) In Q3 of ...
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Allow users to leave an anonymous comment when voting

I don't know if people don't explain why they up or down vote because they don't care or because they don't want the person to know they voted on an answer (or question)... But, it might be nice to be ...
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Let's make it easier to reply within comments!

Here's my proposal. Every comment has a 'Reply' link after it. Clicking on this link adds the standard @UserName: to the comment edit box. After posting, the @UserName: is converted into a ...
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Repository of useful pro-forma comments

Every tag has its questions that make the same mistake(s) over and over and over again. (But some tags more than others.) That's where Benjol's pro forma comments script comes in. The only downside to ...
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Subscribing to questions and comments that don't belong to you

There has been some discussion about getting notified on comments to questions or answers that don't belong to you, and the long-standing wish to be able to keep track of new answers or developments ...
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Don't remove the @ part of my comment

Recently I posted a comment on Stack Overflow on an answer by (say) Felix. He replied to the comment, and when replying to him I started my comment with "@Felix". Stack Overflow stripped that ...
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A guide to moderating comments

Commenting is one of the unsung heroes of Stack Exchange. The help center suggestions that you should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive ...
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Is it possible to import comments into a chat room without the link appearing? [duplicate]

Question: For an answer on a stack exchange site with say 8 comments, how can I / is it possible to import the comments into a chat room? Background: I was helping with a question and made several ...
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Allow more than one @name notification per comment

Now this is probably a surprise to many since I always see thousands of comments like the following(10k only): @Sarfraz, @balpha just told you they did in the first comment he wrote. Also, allowing ...
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Adding a comment should not make me fail the review audit

I just failed these review audits in First Post, I read the question and thought it seemed reasonable but the user was deleted so to be on the safe side I clicked add comment and I failed the audit. ...
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How about newlines within comments?

I am aware that comments have only a simple field, with no formatting possible and that is fine (if formatting is needed, your comment should actually be an answer!) But I find some comments hard to ...
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Should moderators be able to convert answers into comments?

Example of where it would be useful Another example Clearly, that was the result of an inexperienced user. If a question gets a bunch of replies, then the "comment" could easily get lost in the ...
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Disable chat migration notification if one of the users has insufficient rep?

Simple request, really. Can we add a detection for the Please avoid extended discussions in comments. Would you like to automatically move this discussion to chat? prompt, so that if one of ...
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Don't delete comments with link to duplicate if they are modified

A user just posted his question a second time here on meta after the first was closed as a duplicate. I wrote a comment on the second post, explaining that the answer to his question is in the linked ...
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Help us figure out a way to handle the explosion of comments on Stack Overflow [closed]

As a frequent user of Stack Overflow, I see a lot of conversations that happen in comments. Whole questions are answered in the comments. Often, the comments have useful information, but ultimately, ...
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What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?

Caution: R-rated language Some words, when present in a comment, make it eligible for instant, automatic one-flag deletion. Out of the seven words you can never say on television, only appear to ...
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Provide a tool for moderators to migrate comments to chat

One issue we have on Programmers.SE is that people like to have extended discussions in comments on answers and questions. Try as we might to delete long comment chains and educate them about chat (...
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Can we get a comments only lock?

Currently moderators have the ability to lock posts, for any of the following reasons: Content dispute (~ edit wars), Historical significance (to prevent great but off topic questions from being ...
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Thanking users who answered my question

Quite often a number of users will give similar answers to one of my questions. Sometimes someone will give an answer that is interesting, but does not really help with my question. In all cases, I ...
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Allow flagging a comment after upvoting it

It's sad to upvote a comment on a post that's subsequently updated in a way that renders the comment obsolete and not be able flag it afterwards. There may well be other cases where one would want to ...
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New users can't ask for clarifications except as answers [duplicate]

In some situations, a question can have more than one meaning, and a new user with less than 50 rep points would like to ask for a clarification that would make sense. In this case, they have to ask ...
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Should "move-to-chat" be provided on demand (as a button perhaps)?

When comments get too chatty the move-to-chat feature asks if you'd like to move it out. But this often happens after the fact and thus doesn't prevent it. I propose that: Move-to-chat be provided ...
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@Downvoter sends a notification to all downvoters for your post

Similar to the new @user feature, I am interested in a feature wherein if I preface a comment to one of my own posts with "@Downvoters", a notification would be sent to all users that ...
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What are valid reasons for flagging comments?

Because comment flags were historically some of the worst / least appropriately used flag types, we made comment flags require a reason: Requiring a reason definitely helped improve existing comment ...
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Allow post editor to see @comments directed at him

There have been times when I have edited a post, left no comments, yet I have made mistakes that were pointed out simply as @comments. That's ok, but unless I actually come back to the post, I will ...
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What's with all the rude comments recently?

Maybe I've led a sheltered life until recently, but it really seems that comments are getting ruder and ruder. I've seen on questions by new users (rep of 1), particularly those for whom English is a ...
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Is it acceptable to write a thank you in a comment?

There have been a number of cases where I would like to thank someone for providing me with a thorough response and give them feedback beyond the vote up. Often I wish people would tell me why they ...
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So annoyed with no-comment, vindictive downvoting [duplicate]

I have been so annoyed recently by people who downvote my answers with no comments. Usually it falls into one of two categories The asker is asking a question that is inherently impossible or ...
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