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Discussion deleted and labeled as “worthless”

As far as I can tell, evaluating the truth of notable claims involves quite a lot of discussion of philosophical points of contention, such as: Questions of definition: Many claims being asked about ...
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Why was my comment deleted? (And questions about policy.)

Was the wheel invented before the wall? is trivially answerable by looking up the history of "Wheel" and "Wall" on Wikipedia. That is why I -- providing those links, plus a link to the "Wall of ...
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What's the best way to deal with off-topic comments

Unlike some other SE sites, I've noticed (and sometimes contributed to) a good deal of discussion in the comments here at skeptics. Sometimes these back-and-forth comments are about problems with an ...
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How are we to discuss improvements when comments on contentious posts are being “nuked without warning”?

A recent question on whether videogames cause US school shootings seems to have caused quite a row, as the sole comments on the question and most highly voted answer are moderator notes with this ...
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Unusually long username (possibly) causing comments to extend outside the the comments box

I happened upon this question (from the HNQ list). Most of the comments have extended beyond the comments box, and overlapped with the HNQ list. Gut feeling: The super long username (apparently ...
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Answer moved to comment by mod

I joined a community today because I had something unique to add to a question. There already was a decent answer, but mine was talking about points not mentioned in it. While my answer was a bit ...
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Should information about the notability of a claimant/claim not be put in comments?

If someone questions the notability of a claim, or the claimant, and someone else wishes to assert the notability of the claim/claimant, should they avoid adding a comment, and instead edit the ...
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Sorry, but we don't care about your political opinions

This is a reminder of an issue that has come up before - around the last US election: Are political comments a problem? If your comment is little more than tribal markings to indicate the US ...
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Why was the recent question about Democrats inciting riots put on-hold WITH comments disabled?

So this question: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/35561/21907 ...was asked over in Politics SE and migrated here, but the migration was rejected, and it was put on-hold, but the comments were ...
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What qualifies as “extended discussion” needing moving to chat?

After flagging this answer (I flagged the answer, not the comments, and wasn't complaining about the comments), the comments were moved into chat with the message "Comments are not for extended ...
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Prevent 101 rep users from voting and commenting until 105 rep

The problem As a site, we slightly diverge from the SE standards: We have unique rules regarding voting, for example unreferenced questions should be downvoted to zero no matter how much we agree ...
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Do the community sometimes need to redirect *all* comments to chat?

IMO at least the symptom if not the cause of a moderator's locking a question was that it was generating too many comments: Too many comments implies something controversial (therefore low quality?) ...
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“This post does not cite any references or sources” while it does?

My answer to question Do desktop computers catch fire (often)? has one reference: No very much, I agree (and I clearly state that other figures are assumptions). Is this an auto-generated flag with ...
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Relevant comments keep disappearing

With regard to this question, what I consider relevant comments by another user keep disappearing by unilateral moderator action - one of mine too (probably by the time anyone checks this, more than ...
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Should we allow unreferenced answers as comments?

Lately, I have increasingly seen this behavior on the main site: some users, especially high reputation ones, posts pseudo-answers as comments on questions. Is this something that we want, as a ...
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Why are my comments being silently deleted?

On my recent question Does the CDC over-report annual flu deaths in the U.S.?, I have had two comments silently deleted. The first one, was something explaining the supposed rationale behind the CDC-...
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Appropriate use of comments

Comments to this question were deleted as inappropriate. This surprised me, because the comments I added followed a pattern that I have been using for many years on many StackExchange sites - adding ...
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Remove 50 rep requirement for comments

I have seen it more than once that 1 rep uses want to comment, but since they lack the option of doing so, they instead answer the question, but still just comment on the question. Remove the 50 rep ...
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Could we please be better at preventing discussions from becoming non-constructive?

Here are examples: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/5976/did-the-us-win-the-vietnam-war-in-any-sense Are viruses man-made nano-technology? Has North Korea threatened a preemptive strike ...
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Are political comments a problem?

I live in Australia, not the USA. Party politics seem to be less divisive here than in the USA. I notice that there seems to be a tendency for questions related even tenuously to politics or ...
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“Conspiracy” not allowed in comments?

I just wanted to comment "Conspiracy over cock-up, always" on an answer, and got a popup "Contents can't contain that content". I spent a long time trying to obfuscate the 'cock', only to discover ...
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Manipulation of comments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are a lot of comments being deleted on this SE? I have a problem with what I see as the manipulation of comments. I feel that it has been going on a while. Essentially I ...
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Drive-by downvoting

Related: Downvoting is good for you (and for the site)! This meta-post says the following: Oh, and leave a comment explaining why you downvoted. With luck, the author will learn from this mistake ...
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What happens when answers with more than 600 characters are converted to comments?

I noticed that Sklivvz said he converted this answer to a comment, but it didn't appear in the comments above. The answer itself was about 660 characters, which leads me to believe that Sklivvz used ...
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Is there a way to view comments against a question/answer that was removed?

Earlier today I raised a question to enquire whether it may be possible to circumnavigate the globe over the poles by a balloon. Logging in after a few hours, the inbox widget advised there were two ...
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Deletion of comment discussions

We all know that comments are inadequate for discussions, the chat should be used instead. True; but it often isn’t. Rather, length discussions do take place – after a fashion – inside the comments. ...
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Is sexist humor occurring in the Skeptics SE community?

I've come across comments like this in a question about hymens and girls' virginity: If a girl puts out, you can be reasonably sure of her virginity. and this one in a question about rape: [6 ...
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Repeated comment by Moderators.

I find this post by the Moderators really really annoying. And I see it for almost all the new users answers. Welcome to Skeptics! We expect answers to provide references for all significant ...
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Registering one's opinion with a low reputation?

I'm only 14 years old (almost 15). I am here because my dad is an active member, but I like to see what other people have to say and even learn from the well referenced answers. If I see a good ...
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Should users be voted down for “answering” with comments when they don't have the reputation to comment?

Yes, this is Meta but, ironically (or not), I also don't have the reputation to ask a question in Meta either. I've only been here two days and have seen several comments admonishing posters and ...
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Are a lot of comments being deleted on this SE?

I suspect that comments are being deleted more frequently here than at other sites. Can anyone confirm whether there used to be a comment in this answer alleging that @Borror0 was guilty of ...
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Should comments be respected and kept as much as possible?

Everyone came to this site with expectation, and if he/she leaves, there must be something disappointing here, albeit other positive things exist as well. In most cases, when one leaves a comment, it ...
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How to handle cases of strongly opinionated OPs?

See for example: Was the golden ratio deliberately used for aesthetics in ancient or Renaissance times? Also: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/221/what-medical-treatment-advances-have-...
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Where and how to add an interesting link and quote to a question

Regarding this question: How do sugar pills work according to homeopaths? I saw a link today that did not actually say something new about this question, but sort-of drives the point home of the ...