A potential workaround:
Any site on the stack exchange network, when you scroll down to the footer, your find that link that says Contact:
When you click on that, you could select the "Other" category and describe your issue.
Sure, that is an awkward way to go about "content moderation", but in the end, you are correct: you need those minimal amounts of ...
Post an answer that would be significantly outside the original answer (A guide with many additional answers and steps.
I've done this a few times and it's been fairly well-received, so I don't see the problem with just doing that.
Am I at fault?
I think you are at fault (to be clear: I really cannot tell if you're the only one at fault). Keep reading to know my reasons.
A fault which justified a suspension with no warning, and to not suspend someone who has harassed other users?
This I cannot tell without seeing all the deleted comments. My reasoning is based on the one you ...
Stack Exchange doesn't want comments that just say "thanks".
They clutter up the format & turn it into a forum.
Stack Exchange is not a forum
It is a Question & Answer site, where each response is intended to be an answer to the question raised, in an overall attempt to promote learning. Comments may be used to provide &/or request ...
If you don't know an answer, why don't you simply pass-by?
Your meta-question (quoted above) is based upon the assumption that the question you asked on the main site meets our criteria for what a valid question is.
IF you asked a question that is:
Answerable (with something other than opinions),
Focused on an actual problem you're having,
It may not be "fair" to lock comments, but the question is entirely off topic for this site and the comments were not doing anything to change that.
If the comments had been "you can edit your question to be on topic" or "try this other site where your question may be on topic" then fine, but they were not. The comments were ...
Comments serve an auxiliary function; they exist to support the all-important questions and answers. The goal is not to generate more comments, but better Q&A.
As such, you should assume that comments will be temporary; if you're putting information into a comment that would be nice to have around long-term, consider trying to work it into the question ...
It's a matter of politeness more than 'is it right'. I'm encouraging ramhound to post an answer since he comments lots and answers less than he should ;p. However, it should be entirely fine, most of the time to post your own, detailed correct answer.
I for one don't think you deserved a suspension. Your only real mistake is the threat to flag someone else's comments instead of disengaging, which transforms an argument about the technical topic into an argument about someone else's manners; essentially that's an ad hominem. However, I can see where that comment came from after you were told to "stop&...
My piece of advice would be not to escalate this and call people names, or assume bad intentions. This user voiced their opinion and they're entitled to do so. I agree the comment thread got a little out of hand. Certainly, chat would've been a better option to discuss this—if there even is a need for discussion.
I understand your frustration, but please ...
I believe this is status-bydesign, since comments does not appear to be an actual search operator. We can see this by looking in the upper-right of the search results, where it shows the interpretation of your search terms:
"Zero answers" is a search criterion, but it's looking for the literal comments:0 string in posts. As far as I know, the on-site search ...
Everyone is entitled to request a comment to be deleted. There is even a feature for it, right in front of the comment and takes the form of a flag. The difference of using a flag is that your comment will be gone without you noticing or being notified, assuming a mod agrees your comment is no longer needed.
Comments should be used to ask for clarification ...
I removed it, though I was a little wary.
While your comment described exactly what should be done it was a little harsh and apparently taken badly by the other party who replied with
omg someones salty
In this case it seems that it was taken as a downvote particularly because it was a competing answer rather than a constructive comment and was just ...
Comment upvotes are... special. They don't actually really mean anything (I seem to recall, at most a badge). On the other hand, comments are a useful way to extract and elicit more information from an OP, or to suggest something too minor to be a question on its own. A comment upvote is just a way to say "this comment added something" (and we don't downvote,...
One of the things about any kind of troubleshooting is that it often requires a tangential approach to find out what the exact problem is, it could be with a component of something else. Sometimes it is useful to a user to say "have you thought about..." in order to garner whether the problem lies elsewhere.
Due to the way the site works we have to allow ...
Have the system automatically add a comment for every anonymous down vote that simply states, "down vote with no explanation - @anonymous"
That would be extremely noisy. In the past 90 days, it would've generated at least 948 comments, comments that explain nothing, take up valuable space for every reader, and perpetually rub in the face of the author ...
. I noticed the "cleanup", repeated the SysRq comment (numbered 1 below), because there is nothing wrong with it, and fearing the follow-up would be deleted too,
So you're aware a comment clean up happened and felt you know better.
I have flagged your comment and I'll keep posting my warning. The question is about a Mac, but that does not give ...
Comments are only available to be modified in the next 5 minutes after you send them, once this time passes, they are permanent and cannot be modified.
You can, however:
Either simply add another one after the one you cannot modify.
Delete your comment from yesterday and send a new one if you need it (you can even reference the deleted one pointing what ...
There is a Flag capability for comments.
The flag shows up when you place your curser to the top left of the comment text.
For the most part everyone here is trying to help, even if they have different methods, different ideas, and different thinking. Sammyg acquired rep from participating here quite a bit.
I am not a mod (at all) but mods have cleaned up ...
The comment you see was actually an answer post converted to a comment by a moderator. ♦Moderators can convert answers to comments provided they are no more than 600 characters long. (Perks of being a 10k user—I can see deleted answers most users cannot.)
This typically happens when a user intends to post a comment and cannot do so for the very reason you ...
The comment you replied to was deleted by its owner, as is their right to do. Your comment was then flagged as obsolete and it was deleted as it made little to no sense on its own without the original comment.
Comments are transitory and should not be counted upon to remain indefinitely.
The reason I chose to ask this question in this format is to inform the moderators of an ongoing problem
In the case of a fundamental question, less is more. If someone asks "Why is the text on a webpage so big when on my computer when on another computer the text on the same page is smaller?" I see this a lot where the person answers the question ...
Your flag detail stated
This should really be converted to an answer as it solved the asker's problem.
There was a couple of reasons here.
The first is that Moderators cannot convert comments to answers. Frankly I don't see a reason for us to need that power either, we can't force people to post an answer and we shouldn't even if we could.
I think that message is unclear and should be changed to something like "Comments may only be edited after 5 minutes" or "Comments may only be edited 5 minutes after posting."
In the English language, your suggestion would mean that comments could only be edited, 5 minutes after they were submitted. Which of course is not the case, and in reality, after 5 ...
Admittedly - I did have a late night, and was bleary eyed. How did you guess? If I felt I was too zonked out to process flags, I wouldn't - I had reasons.
I felt that without that comment, the rest of the comments lacked context. The comments as a whole feel like they provide context so nuking them all and letting cat sort them out doesn't work for me ...
Only moderators can view deleted comments. I am fairly certain there is no way to know for sure that there are deleted comments on a post, other than of course remembering that one was there and seeing that it's not anymore.
The idea of notifying commenters of comment deletion has been discussed on MSE. It's unlikely to be implemented for two reasons:
I noticed there is no upvoting in the comments on the moderator elections page
This is by design:
This was taken out a while back along with
Nobody seems to recall exactly what went bust there once flagging was
taken out, but for the moment this is by design.
Source Answer by Adam Lear
Are we able to edit his post and paste his extra information there?
Sure, that is a good thing to do as comments are not meant to be permanent in the same way that questions or answers are.
However, if you do this, two pieces of advice:
State clearly in the edit summary that you are adding info from the OPs comment to the question (otherwise your edit ...