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Should Aviation.SE allow answers posted in comments?

No, we should not. It is true that we are more lax on comments around here, but such "answers" can neither be commented upon (without creating massive comment discussions), nor downvoted if ...
Federico's user avatar
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Should bits of relevant information that are not full answers be allowed in question comments?

Yes, relevant bits of information in comments should be allowed, and if I might say, encouraged. I have not spent much time on SE in recent months, but this behavior is one which I sometimes do: I ...
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Declined comment flag for obsolete comment

I was the one declining. Sorry, but the flagged comment interface does not show the answer the comment is attached to, and I remembered the comment and the original answer, so I neglected checking if ...
Federico's user avatar
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What is this community consensus on comments cleaning?

ask the user to stop altogether While I agree that we should not stand out with other SE sites, we must also realize the context: Aviation.SE is very different to StackOverflow. On SO, most ...
kevin's user avatar
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What is this community consensus on comments cleaning?

I don't think we should have a different stance on chatty comments to the rest of the network. The thing that unites our community isn't having a chin-wag over a cup of tea, it's wanting to build up a ...
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What's with the aggressive comment deletion?

Comments are ephemeral, and have some specific guidelines on how they should be used. Those guidelines are not a hard-and-fast rule for when comments will or won't be deleted, but broadly they are ...
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Should bits of relevant information that are not full answers be allowed in question comments?

Post answers as an answer. Post it (or expand it) later if you're on the phone and need to post/produce graphs and similar TomMcW asked me the same question over the weekend in chat, so I'll repeat ...
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What is this community consensus on comments cleaning?

If the comments are truly useless/outdated, then, sure, cleaning them up is fine. However, I don't think someone who has never contributed to Aviation.SE going around and just flagging all comments ...
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You're asking a dumb question!!1!

This is a familiar issue across SE as has been noted. A few years ago I lamented much the same thing over in EL&U meta, suggesting a repository of helpful comments to help guide folks in ...
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Why were my rebuttals to another user's comments deleted?

While you may feel that your comments were just "blunt and lacked some grace," others may see them as being more harsh. You felt that the other user was not understand what you were trying ...
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Why are the comments being misused by established users?

I think I'll address a few misconceptions I see in here 1. Moderators can't magically transform a comment into an answer Posting an answer is a serious undertaking, that someone posting a comment does ...
Federico's user avatar
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Condescending comments and answers

Please always flag any comments as "Rude or abusive" that you feel is even close to the line of being rude or unwelcoming. These will be dealt with swiftly, comments are not for this kind of ...
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What is this community consensus on comments cleaning?

There is a big push on Stack Exchange sites (especially Stack Overflow) to be more welcoming. You might have seen the "new contributor" indicator, or the new code of conduct, or seen some of the blog ...
Bret Copeland's user avatar
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Should Aviation.SE allow answers posted in comments?

No. Comments are ephemeral. They are for asking clarification or leaving constructive criticism. They are not for answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer. It is ...
Farhan's user avatar
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Who has the right to delete comments?

Who has the right to delete comments? Everyone (with caveats we'll go into at the end of this answer). Many assume to know what reason she may have for not wanting to get the test or disclose the ...
Federico's user avatar
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Comment policy consistency

I don't think your comment was inappropriate. You linked another relevant answer, which is explicitly mentioned in the When should I comment? section of the help center page on comments: Add relevant ...
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Why are the comments being misused by established users?

I think Federico makes some fine points, so I'll just add some compendium notes Comments are ephemeral Seriously. Here's Meta Stack Exchange on it. It's worth noting that the moderator tools contain ...
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Should we stop having extended discussions in comments?

My view is there is no really good solution. Until we find one, we should accept comments to be deleted when they take the form of a sustained discussion. That said, Comments are useful to ask for ...
mins's user avatar
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Should we stop having extended discussions in comments?

moderators on other SEs will actively move extended discussions in comments to chat. with a stock message: Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been [moved to chat](link ...
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Should we stop having extended discussions in comments?

I would say that the answer to this is dependent on the situation. Funny Comments At least judging from my (somewhat long) experience with this stack, it allows for somewhat more humor/wit than most, ...
reirab's user avatar
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How should long, off-topic discussions by an asker be deterred?

If there's a useful question in there, then I would just edit it to remove the non-useful discussion. I've made edits before for that reason, and the OP has usually accepted them. Of course, if I get ...
Pondlife's user avatar
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What is this community consensus on comments cleaning?

So far, lots of users here have expressed reservations about one-flag deletions, and nobody has expressed that the one-flag deletion mechanism is desirable for us. Therefore, we should ask for the ...
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