I'm curious about this - it comes from this discussion here about a new comment-killer feature.
I'm curious about why we would place effort in removing comments? In other parts of the stack exchange network - notably stackoverflow - it makes sense to have a stringent comment-purging system. Technical answers generally don't brook a lot of discussion.
But I view the people who normally partake in this particular community as leaders. People who want to deal with workplace issues and advise on management strategy should seriously consider going for leadership positions if they're not already in one.
Given this predilection toward leadership - and being naturally more chatty and communicative - it seems counter-productive to have a stringent anti-comment policy.
But there's more to it - here is a really interesting youtube video on product theory.
The gist is, for all products you would ask "what is the job they're doing".
To me, much of the joy of workplace is in interacting with other people here. Don't get me wrong - I love well thought out answers and learning from others here, but I also like to interact. Sometimes I might (rarely though) use a comment to fight with someone, sure. I might also use it to slap out a short answer I feel strongly about but don't have the time to write a full-blown piece, and I might - but rarely - use them to clarify.
If we got rid of comments, I probably wouldn't come here. The site would feel quite sterile. This site serves me by giving me interesting interactions with other people.
So to me I'd rather have long comments - but I'm no moderator, so I don't see the problems they cause. Can someone enlighten?
To be clear - I don't have any problems with them getting deleted after a few days, I don't treasure the comments. But I'm curious why we want less of them.