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Clarification on appropriate comments

Comments are designed to be used to ask for clarification or to suggest changes to be made to an answer, or provide transient meta-information. Transient is key here; comments are ephemeral as ...
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Why can’t I make a comment on posts after signing up?

You'll need to earn reputation by having your questions, answers and edits up voted. (Like I just did gratuitously to your question.) You get: +5 when your questions are up voted. +10 when your ...
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Is adding a more detailed, yet repetitive answer acceptable?

In general it's better to improve existing answers than to add slightly different new ones. Everybody can edit answers, even anonymous users, so if you want to add some helpful details to an existing ...
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Answer from someone's comment

Related question: Does this site have different rules about answering in comments? - English Language Learners Meta Stack Exchange. TL;DR: if a moderator strictly obeys the rules, answers-in-comments ...
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Answer from someone's comment

There probably is something on Meta.SE on this, but turning a comment "answer" into an actual one is fine, assuming some time (months) has passed between the moment the comment was posted ...
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Why doesn't formatting work in comments (for me)?

You're doing nothing wrong; comments only support a very specific subset of Markdown formatting and this is by design. Which commands are supported is revealed when you click the 'help' link when ...
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What to do when the answer is too short for an answer

Tell the OP it isn’t possible in an answer and get downvoted I'm not sure why you're operating under the presumption that saying "No" and/or giving a short answer automatically means a down vote. ...
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What to do when the answer is too short for an answer

"It's not possible" type of answers are always tricky, even though in this case you are right. But even then it might be better to back up your answer with facts and references to give the ...
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Why can’t I make a comment on posts after signing up?

You seem to be mixing up comments and answers. If you look at the comment everywhere privilege page: Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. They can be up-voted (but ...
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How to Thank People

You say "thank you" on the Stack Exchange network by giving their answer or question an "up vote". It's that simple. From this meta discussion on whether comments to say "...
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Why were these too chatty flags declined on some +1 comments?

I'm the 'culprit', so to speak, for declining the three comments you're asking about. In summary: The Huge "THANKS!". :) comment should have been deleted (I think that was a case of me hitting the ...
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Why can't you re-upvote comments?

This is intentional, see Cancelling upvote on comment?. PS: Most of your recent "how does this site work" or "why does this site work as it does" questions have been discussed and ...
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Why do I need 50 rep to post a comment?

The reputation system works to balance the moderation load with allowing new people to learn the ropes by performing the easier tasks of asking and answering as they start to use the sites. There ...
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What's up with the 5 minute limit on editing a comment?

If you really need more than 5 minutes to edit a comment, delete the comment and comment again. The limit is there to prevent people rewriting history, by altering a comment which has already been ...
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Why are my two recent comments deleted?

Thank you so much for posting here on meta. This is the place to discuss migrations and not in comments. I deleted the comments since the question isn’t one I would migrate anywhere due to quality ...
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Why are my two recent comments deleted?

Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. See Help Centre That is they can and will be deleted at any time. The point of a comment is to improve the question or answer. ...
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Accidentally submitting comments by tapping the return button on iPad

I’m not aware of any automated penalty, but I find I like to do editing of things that are needing thought in another app like drafts or notepad and then past it in here when I don’t have the full ...
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Comment deleted but not addressed

Zakinster - first off - thank you so much for coming to the site to help answer that question. Secondly, thank you for asking here. I'd like to flip your question back and ask - "what is your ...
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Why were these too chatty flags declined on some +1 comments?

Right on cue - a long discussion on how the “too chatty” standard was loose and unhelpful - we’ve done away with that flag across all sites effective immediately. The problem Comments are terrible; ...
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What decides if a 'too chatty' flag results in immediate deletion?

It is most likely that the comment contained some key phrases which enabled it for deletion by only one flag, as described here. E.g. a comment containing just +1, thank you very much will ...
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Answer from someone's comment

I'm going to chime in here because what I believe was the impetus for this post turned a somewhat decent comment into an altogether incorrect answer. Regarding your answer which you sourced from a ...
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Comments on Review Actions

This post is intended to address a particular behavior, not a particular user. Comments should NOT be placed on questions/answers regarding related review actions taken. After rejecting an edit, ...
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Why are comment flags declined if comments are obsolete and the obsolete flag was used?

Comment flags can only be acted upon (resulting in the deletion of the comment) or declined, there is no option to provide feedback (which is actually optional also for flags on post). I didn't ...
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Why a comment could be deleted?

In general comments are considered to be temporary information which can (and sometimes will) get deleted once the objective/purposed of it is reached. The purpose of comments as such is documented in ...
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How do I make a comment when I am told I need 50 reputation?

Please see https://apple.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment to understand how the comment system works. You can always comment on your own posts though, so if you are asked to clarify something ...
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Comment deleted but not addressed

Generally speaking comments which adhere to the principles described in the FAQ are always welcome. They can help in clarifying both questions and answers, and/or provide feedback to the author. But ...
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How do I deal with an answer in comments that isn't an answer but not a dupe either?

Someone should put up an answer there. It’s great the comments are there for someone to maybe read, but one or two answers would be best here. There’s always an answer if you can explain the way to ...
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It would be good if you could please undelete three comments on the YouTube Kids autoplay question

Since all those comments included me, I'm posting an answer. Original comment suggested using userscripts to toggle autoplay, but I later realised that there might not be such button at all, so I ...
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It would be good if you could please undelete three comments on the YouTube Kids autoplay question

Comments are always ephemeral at best, so everyone please get answers should be in the answer Field and not in comments. I’ll see if it’s easy to salvage what’s there, but might post a screen shot and ...
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How do I read the comments on this questions? Notifications take my to question's URL and nothing there

Inbox notifications for comments take you to the question page and scroll down the page to highlight the new comment. When you’re already on the question page that the notification is for, only the ...
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