I've recently noticed that posts tend to have one or two "unbuilding" comments. I think these are not only unnecessary but also semi-rude: a premise has been set and should be believed in for as long as suspension of disbelief can hold. While these comments are certainly useful in the context of reality-check questions, they are also likely to be partial answers in comments in that situation. These "umbuilding" comments usually run either two ways:
"It's not possible." That can go two ways:
- Useless, since the question in question isn't really a reality-check.
- Useful, since the question is a reality-check . . . but it's unclear because it doesn't specify how, so it's not needed. If it does specify, it's an answer in comments
"If you are handwaving this, then why don't you handwave that?/This is unrealistic and it doesn't matter what you do because you're already handwaving/and so on."
Which borders on the edge of rude and isn't helpful at all. With this in mind:
Should we have a unbuilding/failure of suspension of disbelief/snarky/unhelpful comment flagging option?
And what should it look like?
Some extra reading that might be helpful:
- There are too many world UNbuilding answers and comments
- PSA: Please use those flags!
- Are answers posted in comments acceptable or not?
- Tearing apart questions
And this Meta Meta featured announcement: