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Then do us the same courtesy If you don't care about our political opinions (and you shouldn't; this isn't Politics.SE!), then please ensure that we're not being asked to care about (or silently tolerate) yours. This answer makes a good case in point. A diamond mod has: Taken it upon themselves to completely rewrite the original (and already accepted) ...


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I just wanted to add a counterpoint to the other answer: I think the moderators have been doing an exceptional job keeping things on track under difficult circumstances. (I do not envy them this job.) Thanks, mods.


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I strongly disapprove of this suggestion. I only approve of the argument saying that 101 users should have the privilege to vote down. What is meant by "guest users" is users who just signed up on Skeptics Stack Exchange and got the 100 rep. association bonus. The problem is that the OP assumes that: All guest users (who just signed up and got the 100 ...


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The limit is there intentional to discourage comments, and many previous requests to remove it have been declined by SE (e.g. this one). Most comments are not all that useful, lowering the barrier to comment would increase the number of comments, especially from users that don't really know much about the Q&A format. For a new user it isn't obvious when ...


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I've certainly noticed that before, there's hardly a political question here on Skeptics that doesn't trigger the "more than 20 comments posted" automatic flag. A significant number of those comments also tend to call the opposite political side stupid in some way. Those comments are certainly not constructive, and they should be removed from the site. The ...


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Unfortunately, this does appear to have become a cultural trait common in the US, and it only seems to be becoming worse with each election. Even such discussion that starts off fairly innocuous tends to quickly escalate. Therefore, any comments that start to stray from clarification of the question or answer they are posted on, and into the realm of ...


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Because this is not Skeptics.SE specific, I raised a bug report on Meta.SE. Kindly upvote it there, for more visibility with the dev team.


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I believe these to hold truth: The comments are disabled because rejected migrations are automatically locked. This is an entirely automatic system. Further to that: closing the question here sends it back to Politics, where the comments are still present and active. There's no point having the same stuff over here


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The word "conspiracy" is blacklisted when it is at the beginning of a post or tag. I suspect that this was a mistake made when the conspiracy-theories tag was blacklisted (see https://skeptics.meta.stackexchange.com/a/525/5). The blacklist is universal, so it'll trigger also on posts and comments, not only on tags as it should. We'll talk to someone from SE ...


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In short, whether or not a comment is "appropriate" is no guarantee that it won't be deleted. The key portion of the comments privileges description is: Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. ANY comment should be considered temporary: When should I comment? You should submit a comment if you want to: ...


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I wasn't a moderator involved - so I can't directly respond to motivations, but I can address some side issues. Was this "unilateral moderator action"? Well, in a way, all comment deletions are performed by one moderator - there is no voting involved, so it could be described that way. However, there was a system-generated flag warning all the moderators ...


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Let's avoid that, please. If you know the answer, and could back it up with facts, write it in the answer box and add a reference or more. You get upvotes for that and make the site better. If you think you know the answer, but you don't really have the will/time to verify that by looking it up, you are fundamentally speculating. That's not the content we ...


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The tools are not really clear on which comments were flagged, but I'm seeing quite a lot of flags on the comments on that post. I've also removed some more comments that were still left. I didn't remove your comments myself, but I'd argue that they were pretty much editorial content, and did not fit into our efforts to frame questions from a neutral point ...


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Two years later - Yes, it feels like it. (Answering in an answer, because apparently I can't tell the difference. Amidoinitrite.) It would be nice (SE-wide) to have a user-notification of this. I can believe that at least some of my 'output' that's been deleted deserved it, but it could be useful (really - comforting yes, but also useful) to know what ...


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The idea is to stop nuking comments as soon as the question gets out of the HNQL (that is, hopefully soon). I've tried to leave one constructive comment now, let's see if that works! My expectation though is that as people post less constructive stuff, and it gets nuked, we will be accused of bias, but I'd love to be proven wrong :-) To give you an idea of ...


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I deleted that comment because it was a pseudo answer. I cleaned up a few other comments as well on the same question for other reasons. Pseudo answers in comments are inherently problematic on our site because they can't be downvoted and they can't really be subject to our usual ways of enforcing references like answers can be. We generally delete pseudo ...


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1) I'm not the deleter but your first comment read as a clear pseudo answer and it wasn't that nice towards the OP either - the second comment was a rant. I'll let the original mod answer fully. 2) Comments are deleted as we see them, there's no point in waiting for something we consider harmful to do harm. 3) See point one: it was an answer in a comment. ...


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Welcome to the Skeptics.SE, Syzygy. I am sorry your first experience was so confusing. I recommend having a read of our Welcome to New Users. It explains some of the ways in which we are different to other forums. One of the biggest ways we are different is in how we deal with opinions. Other sites (e.g. YouTube, Reddit, Twitter and the comments section on ...


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Moving all the comments to chat was the result of another flag, pointing out that there were a high number of comments on that answer. I believe I also cleared your flag on the answer at the same time. The comments that I deleted were not discussing the answer, they essentially amounted to the OP telling you to do your own research and you (quite rightly) ...


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If you feel the comments have gotten out of hand and are simply not helping the question, feel free to ask a moderator to nuke them. We can get rid of all the comments in one fell swoop. Although I would prefer to be invited to do this, if it gets really bad, I can always give the gentle reminder to go to chat and then lock the comment section for a while (...


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Paraphrasing the question: "Did Pakistan lose every war with India, 1947-1999?" Paraphrasing the main answer : "There were four wars. Pakistan didn't achieve its goals in any, so effectively, yes, but they didn't unconditionally surrender." Paraphrasing the two attempts made by the one user, in now-deleted answers: "That answer is ...


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The topics are fairly controversial. Discussion is discouraged, but it's hard for it to NOT be a discussion sparking up since the topics are controversial. Considering there is no good options except for comments, (no chat is not a good place, since it's not recorded to the question asked), I would say it's best that is for now. I don't think removing the ...


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In my opinion your answer as follows was much stronger than the evidence supports. The measurements of the Parthenon are quite objectively due to phi. As you can notice in the image below, all major measurements are strictly related to the golden ratio. I'm surprised you posted it, and surprised it was upvoted, and not surprised if the OP was ...


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Comments exist exclusively for discussing the posts, and in particular how to improve them, not for giving unreferenced pseudo answers or chit-chatting, or, least of all, having arguments. The StackExchange community mechanics have been designed from the ground up to focus people's participation on two things: asking questions and providing answers. Comments ...


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It depends and I say that mostly because someone could have enough to write up a quick comment with a possible source (e.g. "I don't think that's the case because I seem to recall seeing [source] that said otherwise.") but not enough time to write up a formal and well sourced answer and the circle back around when they have more time to write up an answer, ...


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The other comments contained at least tangentially relevant links It's policy across all stackexchange sites to not have too many comments. Too many comments can detract/distract from the questions and answers. If a link were relevent then perhaps it should be in an answer, not in a comment. As a (non-moderator) user I occasionally flag comments which (...


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I realize why I can't write comments with low reputation, however I don't understand why I can't use my reputation from other communities to do it. As Catija mentioned, you actually can use your rep from other sites for commenting. Once you hit 200 reputation on a single site, you will get a 100 reputation bonus for every Stack Exchange site. This should ...


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I'm sorry you took offense but I acted on flagged material that was obviously offtopic. Here's what comments are for: When should I comment? You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post; Add relevant but minor or transient ...


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The comment from your screenshot has been deleted (which happened before I even saw it), so you don't need to do anything more. If this happens again, you (as a <10k user) can flag one of your own posts as "in need of moderator intervention", give a link to the post/comment and say that you think the comment should be deleted since it is rude. 10k+ ...


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I favor that comments that add to the ideas in the post remain, then are pushed to and preserved in chat if there's many of them, but that rabbit trail comments should be avoided, then flagged and deleted. The moderators here delete comments a little more heavily than I would. It's perhaps too heavy sometimes, but usually fine. Bottom line: comments that ...


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