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On the one hand, I'm sorry to see you go because... selfishly I suppose... I saw you as potentially a hugely positive influence on the site. On the other hand, you clearly haven't been happy here in a while, and that tends to thwart even the best of intentions. So thanks for sticking it out this long, and thanks for not pushing yourself to stick it out ...


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From one retired line cook to another, I'm pretty damn sorry to see you go. I saw you shooting flares up, I saw you doing what you thought was right, and at the same time I knew that trying to fight that sort of thing in the trenches, battle by battle, was only going to tire us out and drag it into a war. I guess the TL;DR is that Stack Exchange has a ...


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I'm sorry this wasn't the right community for you - or, at least, that it currently isn't. I've been quieter the last few weeks because this site has been a huge struggle for me for various reasons and I don't want you to leave thinking that I don't hear you. I do. I hear you so loudly it hurts because I don't know what to do to fix it. I've spent the last ...


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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 marrying implies a series of consequences that may force you to have to support her financially for the rest of your life. This is not asking for clarification or ...


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As there's no real question here, but only some POV, pros and cons points, I'll just address some of these points, hopefully to challenge your claims. But I also had lots of comments and answers deleted. Mostly not because they were rude but because it seems I did not follow this rule or that rule or this and that guideline... Yes. This stack has ...


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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 adding other information not applicable to the question/answers directly, they are off-topic and should be deleted. If the comments are suggested improvements to ...


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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 them. They are doing a favor. The best approach is to know beforehand that all comments are ephemeral. If it is to be later added to an answer, take a copy of ...


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I deleted your comment because it was an answer as far as this site is concerned. We don't have "comments" here. The "add a comment" text on the main site specifically was changed to read "suggest improvements". Your comment was not a suggestion for improvement. I happened to see it when it was posted and removed it. The text of it was: You could ...


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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 "You should submit a comment if you want to:" header, it will be removed. Thanks to our bot and user base, we moderate comments fast. Are there secret rules ...


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Your answer wasn't deleted because it violated the be nice policy. A mod left a comment explaining why the answer was deleted and what was needed to edit the answer to qualify it for undeletion. They even explained the fastest route to get the answer undeleted once you've edited it. You were informed March 29th via comments that there were problems with ...


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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 is different on IPS... Almost every question would invite such anecdotes in the comments. We do not want that. :) That said, you are very welcome to share any ...


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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 extended discussion. We've had many, many previous discussions on IPS about comments - see the comments tag to get an idea. The help center article on commenting ...


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Your comment was flagged and subsequently deleted. It was like Looking at your comment, it seems like you are kinda answering the question in the comment. Especially when you skip the first sentence. We have a policy to avoid answering in comments. Therefore, a user flagged this and it was removed. If you can just ask for clarifications or suggest ...


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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 clarification. This is non-productive. Consider - I've just told you that your comment is wrong/outside intended use. How does that feel? Does it make you want to ...


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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 and they can look into it. But comments on the whole are treated as third-class citizens, so they're pretty much by design allowed — expected, even — ...


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From the FAQ on Meta.SE: Who can delete comments? A user may delete one of their own comments at any time by clicking on the (x) icon that appears to the right of the comment's timestamp when the comment is moused over. Comments that are flagged by multiple users are deleted automatically. The number of flags needed is based on the comment's score. It ...


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We're actively working to discourage people from misusing comments. Right now the normal "leave comment" text has been reworded to say "suggest improvements" to see if it has an effect on commenting behavior. Comments are outside of many of the systems of moderation on this site. If behavioral changes don't work deletion is the only available action to ...


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TL;DR It looks like your intentions were good on this one, but your wording (on the first few readthroughs) makes your comment look more like an opinion than a back-up suggestion. Let's clear up a quick misconception here first though. You say [W]e are urged to comment when we downvote an answer But that's actually not true. You're urged to leave a ...


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It's not censorship. Comments aren't intended to be permanent, no matter what they offer, and SE policy is generally such that "censorship" isn't even a consideration on deleting comments. In this particular case, there are two reasons, as best as I can tell here: The comment was a challenge to the OP's framing, but did not adhere to the policy that ...


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As Robert mentioned on your Meta Stack Exchange question: Martin, comments are meant to ask for clarification or otherwise make suggestions to improve a post... and then removed when they serve that purpose. Comments are not meant for answers or to host permanent information or extended discussion. But rather than relying on that generic guidance, I ...


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To paraphrase, the question was how to deal with parents who mislead them (and partner) into eating animal products despite them being vegetarian. The answer stated that the author should elicit regret so the parents would truly understand what they did. Your comment stated essentially that the author would have to be a psychopath to do this. Maybe you were ...


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I was the one who deleted that comment, for the reasons Scohe provided in their answer. I'm downvoting this answer mainly because of the last paragraph : it seems your understanding of this disease is pretty basic (psychology 101), too basic to provide for an issue this complex. I do agree with your advice to talk to a professional to get useful tips. ...


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It is important for users to actually answer questions. Posting comment answers anywhere on Stack Exchange is not something we encourage. This site attracts many, many of these offhand comment answers and we as moderators do our best to clear them. I didn't delete your specific comment but I would have if I'd seen it. In the future, if you have an answer ...


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In this site I have seen comments get deleted without even leaving a reason left behind. I have gotten comments deleted that were real comments not detrimental, were not an answer but were giving additional information and got deleted without a comment. I don't quite follow how comments here work compared to SO, but feel that for a ISP is a bit aggressive. ...


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This stack is very different from others concerning the comments. If no comments would be deleted, the comment sections would blow up almost indefinitely in size. Therefore, a rule to only allow improvement suggestions and asking for clarification was implemented. Any funny stories related to the question/answer and other stuff that is not either an ...


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This is a great discussion to have and I appreciate how you've explained your perspective! To start, here's some things we already do, and how I think we might improve: Leaving a comment about policies We've left comments on HNQ questions (as in this example) which have gotten a lot of attention: Hello network visitors! Please note that IPS is fairly strict ...


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I deleted the comments. Any post with more than twenty comments is autoflagged by the system. As a moderator, it's my job to review them and determine if the comments need to be there. In this case, I decided that most of the comments were either unnecessary or tangential. None of them were rude. Upvotes really don't mean anything when it comes to ...


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I deleted the comments there. I'm sorry for leaving one myself and then deleting that before you read it, it seems to have confused you and that wasn't my intent. While the scope of IPS and Workplace overlaps, questions about Interpersonal Skills used for interactions in the workplace are just as on-topic here as questions about the same skills used during ...


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Your comment was not about asking for clarification or suggesting improvements. It was just a reply to another commentator. We have a strict policy on using comments only for asking for clarifications and/or suggesting improvements. As per the Comment Privilege section, You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; ...


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