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Most of these now work. My comment below has the following markdown source: On [main], you are expected to write proper English (as advertised on [english.se]), but here on [meta.se] it's more important to have freehand circles, so please [edit] your post, otherwise I'll have to flag you (see the [FAQ#flagging]). If you're unsure how to use your keyboard, ...


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Looks like this was added. You do it just as described in the question: [Inline Link](http://foo.com)


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Note: If you can't comment on your own post or answers to your own questions because you don't have 50 reputation, please see the "Special Note" at the bottom. Why does this limit exist? We realize that new users may have valuable comments, and that we may lose some of those contributions by requiring 50 reputation points to unlock the feature. However, ...


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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 for someone who does. I suspect a lot of the less-than-friendly comments that have been tolerated come from people who: actually have a point; feel the need ...


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I agree - these are getting old. If the question's really missing something, either down-vote / close / flag or take the time to explain what is missing. Starting now, comments that consist of nothing but "what have you tried" are blocked completely, and comments that consist of little more than "what have you tried" can be deleted with a single flag. Oh ...


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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." doesn't fly with me. Maybe the first one can be changed into something like "The comment violates our Code of Conduct in a particularly aggravating way." or ...


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I'm the author of the original "What Have You Tried?" article, and it was also me who flippantly registered the domain and pointed it to the specific article on my blog. The intention of the article was to talk about the need to make an honest effort to solve problems. It was my hope that it would be the beginning of a dialogue, rather than the end of one. ...


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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 questions asked in Google English). Given this, constructions such as I'm not asking rhetorically; I really want to help you with this, I just want to be sure ...


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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 middle flag - "no longer needed" - is new, and is intended to cover all of "too chatty", "obsolete", and the non-abusive uses of "not constructive". I'll be ...


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I just added this, but there are some ground rules: You can un-upvote a comment within the first 60 seconds, provided you did not navigate away. Once you un-upvote a comment you can not upvote it again. We do not want flip flopping, nor do we want people to un-upvote stuff from the past. The only use case is undoing a mis-click. Here's what it looks ...


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This change also makes it harder to teach by example. When a new user enters a site, I make sure to reply to them in the form "@newuser: What do you mean by X? Y or Z? (Use @Jan in your reply and I get a notification)" This teaches them right from the start how the commenting system works. I know that you also get a notification without an @lert when no one ...


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This appears to be officially supported now: Right clicking on the timestamp gives what looks like a stable URL: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5436/direct-link-to-a-comment/120688#comment319306_5436


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Most often I do this when I have some input to give that I think is helpful, but I don't have the time/care to write a detailed answer that meets my personal quality standards. Rather than an incomplete answer or not helping at all, I'll leave a comment to point them in the right direction.


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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 indication is that that while there is an increase in these flags overall - 69% more flags - they're actually declined less frequently - 21.6% of the time, ...


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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: Critical comments on answers are more important than critical comments on questions because they (generally) contain technical corrections to the material in the answer. Your ...


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Agreed. I've done this at least once, and IIRC twice, by copying the text of the messages into chat, adding attributions, and deleting the comments. It was extremely tedious, but it was the right thing to do at the time. So yes, please give us a tool do do that! This feature should give a choice of creating a chat room (when you want to take users to a ...


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This would be especially useful on mobile devices, where: Cutting and pasting the title of a question and then its URL is a huge pain, because it involves switching back and forth between the comment page and the page with the question to be linked, without the aid of windows or tabs. Have you ever tried editing Markdown on a mobile device? Moving the ...


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Of all the unconstructive comments I've seen posted on Stack Overflow, I actually find these the least objectionable. Why? They actually ask a useful question, and one that the asker should speak to in his question. If the link were not included, the comment would still be reasonable. In fact, it seems that the community has already agreed on this being an ...


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For particularly long comment threads I kinda want to know where the invisible comments are before clicking the "show all comments" and, frankly, I often don't want to re-read all the comments when I'm following up on a topic, just recent/new comments. So I'd go a little further and propose that you put ellipses between comments where there are hidden ...


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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 cover the real-world problems I most want to flag, and (2) they're primarily describing the effect of these comments rather than identifying the problem I'm actually trying ...


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There is nothing inherently wrong with writing "Thank you" in a comment. It would be preferable to thank good answers with an upvote and the best answer by marking it as accepted. If on top of all that you also want to post a "thank you" comment, that's nice (I guess). However, a comment saying just "thank you" isn't really what comments are for, and if you ...


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I would like to see a review queue for flagged comments. 10K users could (perhaps with a majority 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 5) agree that a comment is obsolete, chatty, or offtopic: flags that don't require moderator action beyond removing the comment. (Rude or offensive flags might prompt a moderator to contact a user, so those flags should be left for ...


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I'm also a PhD student, and have also suggested using SO as a resource to my undergraduate students. Rather than try to shape SO to be better at answering newbies, I instead aim make my students better at asking questions. Critically, this isn't just preparing them for SO- it's making them better students and future programmers: they'll get more out of ...


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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 sarcastic comments (backhanded criticism) because I haven't felt there was a proper "bucket" to flag them under. Comments like that are a bit subtle, and might not ...


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I agree. The system should minimize instances where it automatically modifies user input. If you feel that the system should automatically modify user input, it should allow the user to override. Not allowing the user to override is offensive. Let the user say what they want to say, and if it's a problem, address it by moderation. If there is no mechanism ...


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This is something we're putting thought to; the "mod pushing it" scenario is a bit more complex than the existing setup, as the current mechanism is designed to spot and migrate an ongoing conversation between two individuals. We've played with some experimental code to see how the existing mechanism works, and it looks like to be useful we'd have to relax ...


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I understand the problem with people cheating the first post review audits by simply clicking the add comment button, but there really has to be a more graceful way to handle it. It should be as simple as forcing the person to actually write the comment and submit it which will make it less abusable, and if they are abusing the system, they'll be caught ...


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Comment (and comment-voting) rate-limiting is one of the most irritating features on these sites and there are many requests to fix it, here's one. Not everyone can time 15-seconds in their head well, and the big irritant is that once you get the message the timer reboots itself. So you get to sit there trying to time it again; it's like a game, but not a ...


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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 that says "Do not track mud in", because you want to keep it clean so that it's a nice environment for everyone who uses it; and someone walks in tracking mud, ...


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You have a reputation of 8 now on Stack Overflow; you need 50 to comment. You could do that by; Correcting the grammar of either questions or answers. To do so, click the edit link by the entry. Rephrase poorly expressed needs. For many, English is not their native tongue. You need 21 more approved edits to gain the 42 more rep you need to make it to 50. ...


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