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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

See here's the thing about that... It wasn't a bad answer, or a wrong answer, it was just an answer that you happened to personally disagree with. That's about it. Your disagreement doesn't make the ...
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Please don't write answers in comments

So, I've been sitting and reading and thinking for some time now about what everyone's written in comments and answers here. I think I'd like to reiterate, emphasize, and expand on a point Arwen ...
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This one weird trick gets rid of all off-topic comments. Let's use it!

June 25: Experiment has ended Ok! It's been about two months since this started, and I've turned off the altered comment text. This should be enough to give us a reasonable idea of what effect was ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

Don't argue in the comments on the main site. You can read more about this here. This isn't a discussion site. It is a question and answer site. The only reason the main site has comments is to ...
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This one weird trick gets rid of all off-topic comments. Let's use it!

A quick update on this request: Yes, the Community Team has submitted a request to have this feature change implemented using Interpersonal SE to test it. Acceptance by the dev team is still pending, ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

Comments are great for nit-picking. "You stated that nutria were released into the wild in the 1940s, but in fact this was first done in the 1930s..." - that kind of thing. When the entire answer is ...
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Some thoughts on the moderation of comments on this stack

I disagree with the idea that comments are for improving posts; that's what edits are for. To quote the help that can be accessed when adding a comment: Comments are used to ask for clarification ...
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IPS' specific comment requirements & why comments can be useful

One quick thing to note, right off the bat: The four Meta SE posts you cite are nine years old. The network was really, really different back then. Honestly, it wasn't even a network, it was maybe a ...
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Comment deletion on an off-topic question that may be about genuine crisis

Your comment was flagged as No Longer Needed along with others. I was the moderator who handled these comment flags. Since your comment was not suggesting improvements or asking for clarifications, it ...
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Why do we lose reputation when down-voting inappropriate answers?

This rule is implemented so nobody goes downvoting every answer they don't like. If you lose reputation for down-voting, you will think about it before casting it. This was also put in place so users ...
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How do I know who deleted my comments?

Conveniently, it looks like your comment was captured in chat. It was posted on this question, and read: Not an answer, but you should not do it not just because it is a fraud, but also because ...
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Anti-American rhetoric on IPS - can moderators remove such comments?

The first comment... Just chiming in to say not being able to say 'Sorry' after a car accident is a very American thing. 'Sorry' means different things in different countries. I don't see anything ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

I think the point here is that there is a clear divide in how the community thinks this situation should be approached. The fact is though; this site operates on community consensus; not what you ...
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Could mods stop deleting the comments?

If comments are actual clarifications, they should be added to the OP and then deleted. If they are answering the question, they should be changed into an answer and then deleted. If they are ...
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Answers in comment: do we get notification when our answer-comment got deleted?

No, we don't get notified when our comments are removed. Although sometimes CMs and mods do leave comments to notify the users encouraging them to post an actual answer, it is not to be expected of ...
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Some thoughts on the moderation of comments on this stack

TL:DR All the categories of comments you mentioned aren't asking for clarification or suggesting improvements, and since that's what's comments on SE are for, they are removed. Ideally, these are ...
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Why can't I add comments?

We are currently doing an experiment where users are encouraged to suggest improvements, rather than leave comments. Comments on this site work differently than others. They are supposed to be only ...
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Does IPS moderate comments differently from the rest of the Network?

TL;DR: While we use the same standards as the rest of the network, there are two main differences in how we implement them: We are extremely strict on comments. If your comment doesn't fall under the ...
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Why would a moderator delete a comment to a question which requests down vote clarification?

We are pretty strict about comments on this site. They're intended for other users to ask for clarification and suggest (concrete, constructive) improvements to a post, and are explicitly not for ...
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What did I do or say wrong? AKA "Comments, comments, comments"

I'll post the text of the two comments of yours that were deleted, just for posterity: You've planted the seed of doubt, she'll probably not admit it, but she's already thinking about what you said....
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"Show 1 more comment" shows no comment

The number of comments on a post is denormalized, stored as a simple integer attached to the post itself. This is updated when comments are added or deleted, but the update isn't atomic - that is, the ...
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This one weird trick gets rid of all off-topic comments. Let's use it!

Yes Yes Yes. This is a great idea. I know your pain, I have 232 comment flags, 28 alone today and yesterday are waiting for review and 188 helpful in 27 days! This is madness. I feel it's even more ...
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Here a comment, there a comment, everywhere a comment - How many comments do we get, anway?

If I'm reading this correctly, your goal is to get something of a high-level picture of how comments are used (and abused) on this site. The following data covers all comments posted on Interpersonal ...
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Why were comments pointing out potential bad advice in an answer deleted?

When we say that comments need to "ask for clarification" - we mean that. Your comment is an argument. It's stating your preferred action and why the answer is wrong. This is not asking for ...
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My comment in the question about farting got deleted

It's funny is exactly why it's removed at such a young age. Or it might invite more such funny anecdotes. Although SE as a whole does leave some funny comments alone for a bit longer, the situation ...
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How to tell whether comments have been deleted due to moderator action or user flagging

Short of a diamond mod actually telling you, there's really no way to know. If you suspect comments are being deleted unfairly by the community, you can flag the parent post for moderator attention ...
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How strict are we about relevance of comments?

Ideally, yes, comments should look like the transcript of a copy-editing session, for the most part. Everyone likes a little bit of fun. But fun's only good when it doesn't get in the way of the ...
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Could we be a little better about not chiming in?

Firstly - I'm going to get out of the way that this question is probably a poor example to use for this meta discussion. Be that as it may, it's the example that you've used and - to be honest - it's ...
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Why do we lose reputation when down-voting inappropriate answers?

The earlier answer by @AJ is fundamentally correct in saying that this rule is implemented so nobody goes downvoting every answer they don't like. If you lose reputation for down-voting, you will ...
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