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We should not assume that a question that allows magic allows any magic and that problems can just be hand-waved away. The author of that question wrote: Thank you for your input. However, the universe I'm building is contemporary by nature, and this super-speed is one of the very few fantastic elements. I don't think that introducing a paranormal ...


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We already have built in-functions for handling this. The wrong way to handle this, on the other hand, would be banning certain joke topics. There isn't actually anything this would add: People will still joke about Trump A topic ban would actually only cut the mood on this site It would actually harm when the joke is actually adding something - it's a part ...


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If it's off-topic here it should be closed. If it's off-topic here and on-topic on the other site and of acceptable quality (we don't want to be the dumping ground for others - let's not make others our dumping ground) it should be closed and flagged for moderator attention. Ideally you would have experience with the other site to show that you know that ...


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Comments should be constructively relevant to the post they are attached to Maybe it's just me, but I think this is pretty clear-cut. Just for reference, here is the placeholder text for a comment (taken straight from the "add comment" text box placeholder): Use comments to ask for clarification or add more information. Avoid comments like “+1” or “...


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I have to say that I have never seen a complaint about how comments work here on world building before. The concept is pretty strait forward. When the moderators see comments that are useful and to the point, they remain. That said when two or more people start discussing the topic in question in the comments section that is not the right place to discuss....


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If you want my knee-jerk opinion, I think this is not a good idea. First, comments are transient, highly likely to be removed at some point, and not at all a space for extended discussions. As How do comments work? notes, Comments are intentionally short If the issue can't be resolved in three to four comments - my rule of thumb - it should probably be ...


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As one of the people who sometimes downvote without any comments, I will try to list for you my personal reasons for downvoting: 1: You are too political, borderline trolling. If the question is, say, on gender issues or women's rights, I downvote answers based on personal opinions. Example: "Women should know their place" answer on this example gets ...


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Some observations, coming in after the fact: First, the conversation should have gone to chat way, way earlier. There are now enough comments that I can push a button and move the whole thing, which I will do in a bit (so you might want to quote from the comment you currently link to, as the link will break). Second, online communication is hard, ...


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The one who posted most recently. See also: How do comment @replies work?: Matching is performed in reverse chronological order, so if five people named John are participating, @john will match the most recent John. In your case you have pinged diamond Tim. There doesn't seem to be a way to reply to someone who wrote a comment earlier and has the same ...


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If you want to clear the air, chat is the place to do it. Perhaps you - or someone - needs to look into your problems with chat: what exactly does happen when you try to get in? Disagreements with an answer, on the other hand, should be resolved in comments. That's what they're for - improvements, information, clarification. (See also Monica's comment below ...


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The view across the Stack Exchange network is that : Comments exist so that users can talk about questions and answers without posting new answers that do not actually answer their parent questions. Comments are often used to ask for clarification on, suggest corrections to and provide meta-information about posts. Comments are intentionally short, ...


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Take the time to prevent misunderstanding of your question/answer It seems obvious, to me, that the mentioned users did take the image for more than it actually is. As you made clear in a comment, the image was taken from a re-enactment - looking at it closer, probably at some festivities of an older town or maybe a larger medieval fair. While these users ...


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I'll resist leaving this as a comment. Something that lacks body or detail I think is fine for a comment. There's a pretty strict character limit for comments, so as long as you are under that it would almost always translate to a low quality answer. Still a comment could help provide direction or information to those writing actual answers. This isn't ...


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Note that there is no tool to move a comment to an answer, as there is the reverse. I think if the commenter opens with, “I don’t have time to prepare a full answer, but here are some notes,” then it will be much better tolerated. We know that he knows it’s answer-like, and that he considers it too low quality to post in its current form. He might then ...


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Comments are second-class citizens, so they may be deleted without any explanation and any reason and no-one will care. They usually are not, but they may. That said, reasons to delete comments are: No longer needed - in your example, source have been added to a question as a link, so that's probably what happened. Confirmed by Monica Cellio♦. ...


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If you see comments that are rude, please flag them as such. If you see something that's non-constructive but not outright rude, feel free to use either "no longer needed" or a custom flag. If you see an answer in comments, consider leaving a comment (particularly if the user is not a veteran of the site) suggesting an answer instead. I usually try to ...


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First of all, answers shall be written as such. Answering in comments when the question is closed is bad form, and gives the bad message that a user can neglect asking well written question and an answer will be anyway given. That aside, what happened in your particular case is that the user, instead of editing the first question which was put on hold and ...


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I only see one question on your account. In the case of that question they most likely also started a close vote, with the close vote reason being the same as for the downvote: Your question is not actually about worldbuilding. If you read the tour and in particular the sections about what to ask and what not to ask that should help you consider how to re-...


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This turned into a pretty lengthy answer. TL;DR: Flag as "not an answer", vote to delete, comment on the answer to let the poster know that it's likely to be deleted, and encourage them to participate elsewhere on the site until they have earned the necessary reputation. There already exist several pro forma comments for this. Different people have slightly ...


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I think it's important to remember that these are comments, not answers. If someone was answering with "just use magic" that could be a problem. However, as comments they open a dialogue with the OP. It's possible the OP didn't think about just using more magic, or that they want a "use magic" answer but such questions/answers are usually discouraged because ...


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Just to be clear... In this specific case, I moved the comments to chat because the asker was not replying to any of the comments. There was a lot of comments and I have no way to know if he will read them or not. Some might be more inappropriate than others but that's always subject to subjectivity. I moved them all to the chat, they are all accessible. ...


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In my experience, it's best to let them fight until one of them is dead, and then snipe the winner since they're probably low on health at that point.


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Make the distinction between borderline offensive and actually offensive I did a review of Trump literature on this site, such as I could find, and I really didn't see anything that seemed offensive. Certainly dumb, but not offensive. As a general rule, I think over moderating by deleting lots of questionable comments is good for the site, in the same way ...


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I disagree but mostly because you assume we have no choice but to carry on getting involved once we start. TLDR: If you give constructive feedback and the OP is getting belligerent then you don't have to respond. Don't let the fear that someone may disagree hold you back from trying to help. From my (and not only my) sad experience, people who asks to ...


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There's usually a time next to the username... you can use that to get the link for a comment For an answer, you can use the share link


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Comments are meant to be ephemeral and may be removed later. So, don’t link to comments in posts. If the comment contains important information, it should be part of the post and this is a good reason to edit that answer (and then mark the comment as obsolete). That's why there is no easily accessible URL for a comment. They do exist, for notifications ...


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It's probably not trolling, it's more likely people picking up on specific details that are perhaps related to something they have an interest in or simply catch their attention. There's trolling and theirs trolling and sometimes they'res simply not being able to see past a specific detail that's catching the attention. Not seeing the wood for the trees if ...


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I think in this particular case it isn't exactly trolling. It's just somewhat argumentative users digging their heels in about something that doesn't really matter. More or less just one of these: https://xkcd.com/386/ The best course of action is to ignore them, eventually they'll get bored and leave it be. If things get out of hand or the comments keep ...


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There's no on-site way to search comments that I know of, but for comments old enough to be in SEDE (updated every Sunday), you can use this query to find comments from a particular user containing a particular string. It's just a SQL "like" operation, not a boolean search, so don't try to get fancy. :-) The query takes a user number as a parameter. You ...


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