19 votes
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How should I respond to unfriendly comments by moderators?

Flag it anyway! On the sites I moderate, if something posted by a moderator gets flagged, that mod will recuse themself from handling it (and in fact will usually ping the rest in a private chat room ...
Draconis's user avatar
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19 votes

Prevent comments when downvoting

I sometimes want to point a user at the right direction, but the post is bad enough that it needs a downvote, or I need a downvote as part of the deletion process on a site where I'm not a moderator. ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
18 votes
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How can I propose that a certain group of comments should be deleted?

Delete your own comments yourself. Flag the remaining comment as "It's no longer needed." if it contains no useful information.
Robert Longson's user avatar
17 votes
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How could a user with 1 reputation point leave a comment?

We've made some improvements to the automatic "trivial answer converted to comment" functionality to make it less likely that y'all will be confused by low-reputation users being able to ...
Catija's user avatar
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16 votes

Allow me to block other users from close-voting my posts to prevent harassment and trolling

Moderators and anyone with 3000 reputation may vote to close a question as a duplicate. Well - someone with 3000 reputation has, in most cases, gained an understanding of how the network works. SE ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
16 votes

Why is comment history a mod-only privilege?

I'm not answering the "why", but skipping directly to a possible solution I think the sensible way to deal with this is: Let mods see all history to check any violations, flags, complaints (...
Largato's user avatar
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15 votes

Feature of posting a question as an anonymous guest user (without having an account) is not useful and it leads to incorrect answers / comments

The anonymous guest user (without an account) feature of Stack Exchange depends on cookies being preserved on the user's machine when they close their browser. Those cookies are used to identify you ...
Bart van Ingen Schenau's user avatar
12 votes

Prompt to specify downvote reason but allow to keep downvotes anonymous

You've kind of missed the point, but don't worry, all the other people making this same suggestion have done so too. Voting is mainly for those reading posts, not those asking or answering them. We ...
Robert Longson's user avatar
11 votes

General policies on answering closed questions in the comments?

No. Comments are not where answers go. It doesn't matter if the question is open, even. That's just not what they're for; putting an 'answer' in a comment circumvents the community's ability to curate ...
Nij's user avatar
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11 votes

What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?

I humbly suggest we add php, php, and php to the banned words list. Also php.
Jeff Atwood's user avatar
11 votes

Prompt to specify downvote reason but allow to keep downvotes anonymous

This would introduce increased friction for casting downvotes. Yes, small yet one not present for upvotes. Furthermore downvotes are already cast at a lot lower frequency than I feel they should be. ...
VLAZ's user avatar
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11 votes

Answering-in-answer-posts versus answering-in-comments. What is the metric? What are the motives, etiquettes? What is ideal?

How could there be a metric? How would the system decide whether a comment was an answer rather than something other than an answer? People generally answer in comments if they are unsure - the ...
Robert Longson's user avatar
11 votes

How should I inform a user I'm using their answer in a book?

Per the various licenses that users may have contributed their work under (CC BY-SA 2.5, CC BY-SA 3.0, or CC BY-SA 4.0, at time of writing), you do not need to notify the original author if you re-use ...
wizzwizz4's user avatar
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10 votes

Add a "Spam" flag reason for comments

I've been moderating Stack Exchange sites for over a decade, and I can count on one hand (in base 10) the number of times that I've seen a spam comment that could be flagged with such a reason. Thus, ...
Cody Gray - on strike's user avatar
10 votes

Prevent comments when downvoting

I think it's important to separate questions and answers whenever talking about voting, understanding voting, or reacting to voting. As mentioned elsewhere there are additional reasons to down-vote ...
Aaron Bertrand's user avatar
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10 votes

Why did all the comments under my answer disappear?

The comments were flagged by members of the community and removed. The comments were removed between Nov. 2020 and Feb. 2023 as the flags came in.
Andy's user avatar
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9 votes
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When were comments first available on Stack Exchange?

Per this blog post written by then-head Jeff Atwood, comments became available on September 6, 2008: Stack Overflow didn’t always have post comments. The first comment ever was on this post by ...
Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's user avatar
9 votes

A comment is better than my answer - should I remove the answer?

If you want to be a purist about it: No, don't remove your answer. You've answered the question. There's no guarantee that the comment will be around tomorrow™, so if your answer is deleted, then we'...
Makoto's user avatar
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9 votes

How can I install the Stack Exchange Auto Comments for Google Chrome?

The original browser plugin (as mentioned) stopped working when browsers changed how plugins worked. The upside was it was a predecessor of UserScripts (GreaseMonkey, Tampermonkey, etc.), so migrating ...
Machavity's user avatar
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9 votes

Is it possible to require pre-approval for content on an SE site? If not, how can I deal with a site with too much hostile content?

Tl;dr The Staging Ground is a form of pre-approval, but it's SO-specific. You can flag inappropriate comments You can raise a custom moderator flag (on a post, not a comment to ensure a mod sees it) ...
cocomac's user avatar
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8 votes

Can't comment because of a bug

The problem was caused by an internet filter called Meshimer. They fixed it now upon request (and initially only for stackexchange.com), but I don't know if they did it only for me or for their whole ...
new editor's user avatar
7 votes
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Search for comments on posts with a certain tag based on a keyword

You can cut back on an extra join because PostTags has the PostId and you don't seem to project any attributes from the Post table. Furthermore improve the LIKE performance with a COLLATE instead of ...
rene's user avatar
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7 votes

Comments not allowed to contain (start with) "-1"?

Keep in mind that there is an exemption that allows comments beginning with "-1" to be posted as long as there are more than 121 characters after the "-1" text. In your case, you ...
Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's user avatar
7 votes
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Has there been a global change to how comments are displayed?

This is a per-site-configurable setting, the same one that warns a user about to post another answer when there are already a lot on the question. From Add a message when posting to old questions with ...
Laurel's user avatar
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6 votes
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How do I ask long clarifications on an answer?

Most of your comments simply agree with the code review suggestions. Instead of commenting, simply upvote and/or accept the answer if you think it is a good one. Some of your comments indicate that ...
Robert Longson's user avatar
6 votes
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Reviewers should be able to communicate with each other about a review task

TL;DR: If these examples are the kinds of things motivating your feature-request, I think you're trying to solve a problem that doesn't really exist / is already sufficiently solved. I get that your ...
starball's user avatar
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6 votes
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Is it possible to see the removed content due to my flag in my own question?

If it was a comment, you can only ever see it again by becoming a moderator on the site. If it was an answer or a question, it will be possible to follow the link and see the deleted content once you ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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6 votes
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The "Delete" button on comments now always shows instead of only on hover; is this an intentional change?

The class hover-only-label is designed to behave one way on a desktop and another on touch/mobile devices. On a normal desktop, the Delete link is shown as hidden by default, as you can see in this ...
Aaron Bertrand's user avatar
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6 votes
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How can I install the Stack Exchange Auto Comments for Google Chrome?

The extension version of it is no longer supported and no longer available. You can install my version of it as a Tampermonkey script from https://github.com/stephenostermiller/stack-exchange-...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
6 votes

Is it possible to require pre-approval for content on an SE site? If not, how can I deal with a site with too much hostile content?

There's no such thing as pre-approval, but moderators can prevent any comments from being posted on a post with a "comments only" lock. This only prevents comments, so voting and editing ...
Laurel's user avatar
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