I find it distracting to read through comments and search for answers and to find people being sarcastic or refusing to address the question as answered.

I think there should be ratings on comments, since at times they detract from making useful input. It makes this space more like f***book than a technical resource.

Or, people insert snarkiness and rudeness without consequence. How about staying focused on helping answer questions?

I say this also, given that having conversation through comments is not advised on this site. Therefore, comments should be valuable, otherwise, why have them? This ends up being another version of the wildlands of UUCP Newsgroups, from days gone by.

  • If you see any comment that is with downvoting then it should be reported to a moderator so it can be deleted. Have you reported those comments you are referring to? – Ramhound Jan 27 at 3:13
  • It's been a long time. it's not about anything recent. What you are offering as a solution doesn't address what I am suggesting though. I don't need a solution to my problem, I'm suggesting another way. I have flagged comments, but not all of them need to be flagged. perhaps another way to encourage useful comments is to reward or penalize commenters based on a scale. The current method is highly binary. Some of the comments simply need adjustment to be useful. Anyway, it was an idea, not a request to solve a problem. – Ken Ingram Jan 27 at 5:46
  • The current policy is that any comment worthy of a downvote is a comment that should be deleted. – Ramhound Jan 27 at 12:05
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    Answers should be answers. In theory you never need to "read through comments and search for answers". Instead you "read through answers and search for answers"; and answers can be voted up and down. If an actual answer is published as a comment, a valid approach is to ask its author to publish the solution as an answer. They may not react though. Few times I posted a community wiki answer to turn somebody else's useful comment into a formal answer. – Kamil Maciorowski Jan 27 at 20:07
  • The point is not what in theory should be done. Sometimes people improve an answer with other suggestions. Is my question simply difficult to understand? I mean, my question has been downvoted several times with no explanation. Apparently a few people don't think I should ask it. – Ken Ingram Jan 28 at 6:09
  • This should probably be on meta.stackexchange.com. I'd be surprised if there isn't a question there already asking for some variation of this. – Mokubai Jan 28 at 13:57
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    @KenIngram Don't get too discouraged with the downvotes on the meta. sites. As opposed to the main site, they explicitly mean agreement vs disagreement here, rather than quality. – Mikey T.K. Feb 2 at 19:05
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    "they explicitly mean agreement vs disagreement here" then they should change the hover popup to say that. – Moab Feb 11 at 14:23

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