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Why was the entire comment thread to this answer deleted? [duplicate]

The entire comment thread to my answer to this gender pronoun question was deleted. Can anyone with admin rights see the old thread? [Edit And explain why it was deleted?] Edit 2 Moving up comments ...
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Comments not being indexed in network profiles (again)

This Academia comment still has not shown up on my network profile's list of comments. The last time this happened (2012), some script needed to be run or something.
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The Great Meta Tire Fire of 2019: is anybody keeping receipts?

While CMs have been remarkably liberal in leaving even content extremely critical of Stack Overflow untouched here on Meta since Monica was removed as a moderator, it is not completely unreasonable to ...
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Blog comment moderation rules

Since my profile will be deleted in a few hours, this doesn't concern me, but the remaining people may be interested. We know the already famous post: https://stackoverflow.blog/2019/11/13/were-...
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Horizontal line appears under posts that have deleted comments

It appears that a recent update has introduced a design flaw: on posts that have had comments that have all been deleted, a gray horizontal line appears above the "add comment" button a few seconds ...
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How to allow thank-you's

Or sometimes, everything actually goes well, and they get an answer! So they thank the poster… only to be told that on Stack Overflow, “please” and “thank you” are considered noise. All these ...
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What was the reasoning behind the deletion of this comment?

Right off the bat I'm going to make it clear that I know full well that comments are ephemeral, transient, and <third-word-here>. This question is more focused on the fact that a comment, which ...
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Why were multiple comments on the moderator process review post deleted?

The feedback post for the moderator review and reinstatement processes has been up for multiple days, and after refreshing my page this morning, I noticed that the majority of comments on the thread ...
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Directly editing or leaving a comment instead? [duplicate]

I tried to find a faq post about that, but couldn't find one. When should one directly edit a post and when should one just suggest improvement in comments instead? So far, I have been using my "gut ...
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Can mods contextually delete comments?

Recently, I've seen comments get deleted but the context around them aren't: (For clarity, the above comments are all responses, 4 initial comments were deleted, the top one is in response to ...
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Allowing disabling notification from comments [duplicate]

Please, please, please, let me opt out of "receive a notification" when someone left a comment under my answer/question. I have tiredness issues along with anxiety and depression. Sometimes, I do ...
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Why is deleting comments throttled?

I was in the process of cleaning up some of the older comments I made and came across this message: You have already deleted your own comments from 20 posts today; further deletes are blocked ...
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Asking for clarification with the comment policy

According to the comment policy, comments should only be for: Asking for clarification Suggest improvements Add relevant but minor or transient information to a post (e.g. a link to a related ...
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What happens to the comments when two questions are merged?

When two questions are merged, answers from the source question are moved to the target question. Question. Is the same true for the comments? Are the comments under the source question moved to ...
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Can we post an answer and refuse to respond to comments or do edits?

I am wondering if I am going to be punished for posting answers (I rarely post questions) or comments and decline to make any response at all to comments and decline to edit or update the answer in ...
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How can we handle users derailing debates in comments?

Sometimes, here on SE sites, I have seen a behavior that I consider abusive. I'm sure that many other users here also saw that. I will use an anecdote to present it: Some users (let's call them Alex, ...
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Let's not waste all that reputation and increase the limits during the crisis

I just had this noble idea of increasing the rep-cap limits and vote limits for the duration of the crisis. Questions and answers are upvoted hundred of times. There is so much reputation that goes ...
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Add a reply to comment button or @ autocompletion when using Chrome on Android [duplicate]

Currently there is no comment button or @ autocompletion when writing a comment in reply to another comment on Stack Exchange for mobile Chrome on Android. It would be a good time saver to have this ...
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Moderator moves comments to chat - can low-rep user participate?

Something that isn't clear to me in the other discussions on this topic: Low-rep users can't write comments on anything other than their own posts (questions or answers) or answers to their own ...
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Improve description of "comment everywhere" privilege

The Comment everywhere privilege description in many (all?) of the sites currently says (boldface added): Please note that you can always comment on your own posts, and any part of your questions. ...
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Help people learn how to write good comments instead of just flagging them

I have just read the blog post Iterating on Inclusion by Sara Chipps about all the recent changes SE made to improve the site experience. These are all great ideas but they have one single common ...
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How often is gender actually used in comments?

Given the new CoC changes, it's clear that StackExchange the company wants to make a Big Deal of gendered language. So, out of curiosity, how much will this actually affect? What percentage of ...
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Why was this "No longer needed" on a comment flag declined?

The question Why does this user have a negative tag score on MSO, but not on MSE? was asked earlier this month here on Meta Stack Exchange, asking why a particular user had zero tag score on one site ...
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Comment answered a question, mark as solved [duplicate]

I posted a question and the answer was in the comments. How can (should) I close the topic?
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"enter at least *undefined* characters" when about to comment in the mobile site [duplicate]

When you want to leave a comment in the full site, initially there is the text: enter at least 15 characters However, in the mobile version of the site, it shows: enter at least undefined ...
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Comment notification keeps returning

For the past 45 minutes, the notification of the most recent comment directed at me keep returning a few minutes after I've dismissed it by clicking on the inbox and viewed the comment. It doesn't ...
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Are there any guidelines for appropriately welcoming new members?

When a "new contributor" makes their first post the first comment is often something along the line "Welcome to [subsite]. Please take the tour." Where "the tour" is a link. When I saw this at first I ...
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Do comments that promote a user's post fall under spam?

Our current definition of spam focuses mainly on someone trying to sell you an off-site product. What makes something spam and when should I flag it? A post should be marked as spam only if it ...
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What happens to activity logs related to deleted questions?

One or two days ago I posted some comments. Now, I am not able to find them in the activity log (the 'activity' tab on the profile page). I assume that is because the question was deleted. The FAQ ...
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VTC comment exists after migration when it shouldn't

Based on the response to Migrating a question deleted a comment, comments regarding migration should be removed after migrating. The following post contains a situation where the comment was not ...
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Bug after commenting [duplicate]

After commenting I get redirected to a white blank page. App Version: 1.6.6.2 Device: iPhone 6s OS Version: Version 12.0.1 (Build 16A404)
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Can't post a comment which contains -1

I'm trying to post a simple comment; if the comment contains -1, then it errors out, suggesting I'm defending or replying to a downvote. This is to the OP, not a reply to my own Q or A.
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Can we have comments shown when editing a post in the review queue

I recently came across an answer in the low quality posts review queue on Interpersonal Skills. Some comments had been left asking for clarification which were subsequently answered (also in comments) ...
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Purged comments reappear when posting a comment after purging

When purging all comments under a post, the comments then reappear immediately after if I click to add a comment. They then disappear again after posting the comment. It's not uncommon to leave a ...
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Convert to comment leads to 'Moderator action failed"

Today as a moderator I tried to do something I've done umpteen times before, convert an answer that was really a reply from the OP that then became a brief discussion in comments, to a comment on the ...
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Are moderators no longer able to add comments on deleted posts?

Moderators used to be able to comment on deleted or locked posts. However I've just noticed I am unable to add a comment to a deleted question on Meta Stack Overflow, as the "add comment" link is ...
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Why am I being notified just now of comments that were posted six years ago?

I've recently got notifications from two comments from six years ago: Some history: It was posted by an account that I deleted years ago, and the post was later reattributed to my current account. ...
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Can't comment yet, but can't answer without the ability to clarify [duplicate]

I want to answer a question, but I need clarification from the author first. But I don't have enough reputation yet to comment, I can only answer. So how can I answer if I can't get clarification? ...
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Merge Comments on Data Explorer

I'm trying to get StackOverflow posts along with comments. However it returns each post with the individual comments as a separate record. Something like this - ID Post Comment1 ID Post Comment2 ID ...
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Why is there no autocomplete for pinging editors?

I hope this example shows why autocomplete would be useful beyond the comfort of the commenter: I recently had an issue where someone edited a post (which I'm not the author of) only to add one extra ...
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Reminding Users to Upvote Comment or Question

Would it be an acceptable practice to remind users who are effectively approving comments or questions to upvote them? For example: I've helped some users with a comment, they found it useful but ...
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The "New Contributor" dialog is masked

The New Contributor dialog is masked from where the comment section ends. Here are some screenshots just to be more clear: With no comments: With one comment: No masking with more comments:
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Add warning/notice about responding to a long-dead discussion

Occasionally, I get notifications about a comment response, and it seems someone has noticed some question or answer from 3, 5, 10 years ago, and decided to join the "lively" discussion without ...
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How should you deal with people who suddenly post angry comments? [duplicate]

I don't know how I triggered this user, but for me it was really a kinda funny thing to happen. In this situation, what should you do? This user answered a question but with just a link; I suggested ...
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Empty comment field has notice "enter at least undefined characters"

When I open a new comment field, but before I have entered anything, next to the Add Comment button it says "enter at least undefined characters". When entering something then deleting all of it, the ...
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Why is double space replaced by single space when enclosed in backticks in comments?

I was trying to put a small line of code in a comment, but I noticed that the multiple spaces in the comment enclosed in backticks(`) were replaced with single ones. To make it clear, I wrote this as ...
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Changing placeholder of comment box for adding @ pinging info

Proposing a different approach to what I think enable ping completion for all comments wanted to achieve. New users should know that @ pinging in comments exists, and get educated on how to use them ...
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Why is the site so set on putting down new users?

Disclaimer: If I mention any users in this post, I am not attacking them personally. I do not know them and think that they are good people. I am slightly new to this site, why is it that so many ...
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How to type italics or bold inside code in a comment

How can you put italics or bold inside code in a comment? For example, to produce normal italic in a comment I've tried `normal _italic_` `normal `_`italic`_ <code>normal _italic_</code> ...
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Add comment link disappears after deleting the last comment on a post on mobile

To reproduce: Find a post with no comments Add a comment Delete the comment Now unable to add a comment as the "Add comment" link disappears at the same time as the comment. Refreshing the page ...

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