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Let's hold language in comments to the same standard as posts

In the spirit of this post, I'd like to point out a particular part of the Be Nice policy which, IMO, doesn't get quoted often enough: If you don't have time to say something politely, just leave it ...
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Updated comment flagging - Supporting the new Code of Conduct

feature-request status-completed See updated flag dialogue text and explanation in the question. Somehow, having two different options with the same subtext "The comment violates our Code of Conduct....
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Let's hold language in comments to the same standard as posts

My one word of caution with this is that we have a (significant?) number of users here for whom English is not a first language, or a second, or even any (anecdotally, I have seen a number of ...
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Drop "not constructive", combine "noisy", reword "rude" and "other" comment flags

Adam makes it happen! This is the new UI for flagging comments: (for reference this was the old UI) The first flag replaces the former "rude or offensive" flag; the last replaces "other". The ...
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Updated comment flagging - Supporting the new Code of Conduct

feature-request status-declined Decline explanation: After comparing the flag data on Stack Overflow during the period between October 23, 2018 to January 23, 2019 and the same period last year, the ...
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Let's hold language in comments to the same standard as posts

So, it looks like some vague intent to tackle "unwelcoming" comments is still on cards. I'm mostly going to echo points that I've been making since the "welcoming" drive started: ...
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Make comment flags less stupid

100% agree comment flags need updating. But the "regular user" in me is screaming that I'm going to be using that 'other' flag reason a lot more than those listed because (1) they don't ...
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Updated comment flagging - Supporting the new Code of Conduct

I, for one, appreciate the new "unfriendly or unkind" category as something quite distinct from "rude or abusive." (Or even "no longer needed.") In the past, I've left alone what I've felt to be ...
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Let's hold language in comments to the same standard as posts

Preface: This answer will be written with Stack Overflow-coloured glasses because the comment snark issue is topical there right now. Let's start with an allegory: If your house has a sign outside ...
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Let's hold language in comments to the same standard as posts

Absolutely concur. We had a lot of conflict issues on RPG.SE, but then we made it clear that Be Nice applies equally to: Questions Answers Comments User profiles Chat All of the above on Meta too ...
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A guide to moderating comments

When should I flag a comment? When it will be shown to future readers but offers them nothing of value, or what value it has is overshadowed by the comment being unfriendly or outright rude. There ...
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A guide to moderating comments

When should moderators delete comments? Same advice as for flaggers: when they offer no currently applicable constructive requests for improvement to the post. Moderators may generally process comment ...
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Updated comment flagging - Supporting the new Code of Conduct

What about showing users privately statistics on the “unkind” flags marked "helpful" by moderators that their content has received? General statistics on how many people flagged and how many posts ...
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A guide to moderating comments

When should moderators move comments to chat? This option is available at any time from the mod menu on any post with comments: How you use it depends on the situation. Keep in mind that you can only ...
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A guide to moderating comments

When should I delete my own comment? When it offers nothing of value to either the author of the post or to future readers. This is particularly important when the comment is shown by default on page ...
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Can we implement temporary automatic comment ban on 'x' number of validated rude comment flags?

This suggestion is coming up with increasing frequency in various forms; one of my colleagues expressed amazement this morning that we don't already do this - he'd spent the morning cleaning up after ...
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Drop "not constructive", combine "noisy", reword "rude" and "other" comment flags

Repeating my answer on the old suggestion: no longer needed: this comment is obsolete, chatty or otherwise unnecessary Before this wording is cast in stone: The title No longer needed suggests ...
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A guide to moderating comments

When should moderators edit comments? Almost never. Comments have no publicly visible revision history (the changes are logged in case of abuse, but these are only visible to moderators). Therefore, ...
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Make it possible to retract comment flags

Happy to announce that ability to retract a comment flag is now live network-wide. If you can flag a comment, then you can retract that flag. It works in a similar way to post flag retractions - ...
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Drop "noisy" comment flags from the moderator queue unless an answer has 5 or more comments

Comments aren't any more useful just because they're few in number. Here's a few examples of short comment threads which I would flag on sight as a non-mod and delete as a mod, and on which flags are ...
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Did the comment flag dialog change? Will there be future dialog changes?

status-completed The new flagging dialog has a vastly reduced clickable area and, not to put too fine a point on it, that sucks. In most other similar prompts on the site (e.g. the previous ...
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Show us who submitted offensive and comment flags

George's concern - and my concern, raised in a couple of places, elsewhere over the years - are still valid... Seeing who raises a flag stands a good chance of prejudicing the moderator handling that ...
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Let's hold language in comments to the same standard as posts

Rather than answer in comments, I'll address the perception problem I am borrowing two ideas from @Erik von Asmuth and @Troyen in their comments under the question: if the problem identified by Jon ...
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Why are the comment upvote and flag options always appearing now?

While we are discussing this change, this feature could be better applied only to lower-rep users instead of everyone (but this should probably be a feature-request). In the meantime, I have created ...
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Looking for stats related to possibly coordinated comments flagging

One of the main reasons we're in this mess is because SE chose to disregard one of the oldest most cherished rules in the network: we do not discuss the details of moderation actions in public. Can we ...
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Allow moderators to see a summary of flags against a user's comments

As of this morning, moderators will now be able to view comments by a specific user that have been flagged. This is available in the moderator tools on the comments overview, on a new tab called "...
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Did the comment flag dialog change? Will there be future dialog changes?

Yes it did. I did it. When the Code of Conduct ships, we're replacing "rude or abusive" with two new categories which you could describe as "rude" and "abusive". As part of that change, we also: ...
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Looking for stats related to possibly coordinated comments flagging

You don't need all these stats. Coordinated flagging of dubious posts and comments has been done and is still done by at least some of those that watch / visit the Tavern on the Meta. That is ...
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Allow flagging a comment after upvoting it

This is on the schedule for this week...better late than never, I suppose! It should be a simple fix, will update here when the change is live. This change will go live in the next build. You will be ...
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