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What does IANAL mean?

It's Internet slang for I am not a lawyer. (Well, actually, it was Usenet and ARPANet slang before it was Internet slang.) To those who know it's a succinct term, but many people do not know, so I ...
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I despise "The Workplace" thanks to the admins who move comments to chat

Jon - comments are not permanent! This is a general SE policy. Comments are to request clarification. Otherwise everything rapidly gets unreadable. If you have something worth keeping that's ...
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Could we be less aggressive about moving comments to chat?

One of the primary reasons we as moderators move comments to chat is that finding the relevant comments is impossibly difficult in a long comment thread of mostly off topic ones. Unfortunately a ...
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"Poaching" for other sites?

There's nothing to be "poached" since this site doesn't own the questions posted here anyway. People are free to suggest posting the questions on other sites. If the suggested site does potentially ...
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I despise "The Workplace" thanks to the admins who move comments to chat

I have had a handful of run-ins with the moderators over comment deletion, but, by and large, they perform their role well. Your complaint seems to be the result of a misunderstanding of the purpose ...
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Experiment concluded: a comment by any other name

Just as a quick observation anonymous users already see an "improve this question" link on the questions already instead of "edit". Seeing that above "suggest improvements" is a bit ambiguous for if ...
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Experiment concluded: a comment by any other name

The results of the experiment Days before the change 65 Days after the change 65 Posts created before the change 3655 Posts created after the change 3708 ...
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Inconsistent comment moderation appears capricious

I cannot speak for the other moderators, but I don't go looking for comments to prune. I am only really interested in comments flagged by the community. See more details here on a similar question: ...
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What does IANAL mean?

It means: I am about to dispense legal advice, although I should know better, and you should not rely on what I am about to say. or I am not a lawyer, but I play one on TV. or I am not a ...
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Experiment concluded: a comment by any other name

So far, this experiment has turned out exactly as bharal predicted. For a few minutes hours days, the change led to a drop in extraneous comments. However, once users figured out that "suggest ...
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Recent increase in comment deletion?

There's been some increase in comment deletion, but there's context. Comment flags (per week) for the last year: The shape of that curve isn't unique to The Workplace; it's similar on Stack Overflow,...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Some mod is completely out of control on this board

Disclaimer: I'm not the mod who deleted the comments, I'm not any of the users who could have flagged the comments and caused them to be deleted. I'm not a mod of this site, and have no way of seeing ...
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Some mod is completely out of control on this board

You mean the comments speculating about the location and how dangerous it is? Or the ones about the efficacy of guns or karate for self-defense? Or the anecdotes about traveling in another country? ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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"As a manager myself..." Do appeals to identity improve or diminish answers?

Is there a way these statements can be interpreted to be enhancing answers and comments? Or are they something to avoid (or substitute with a different reference/analysis)? Quoting Monica on this ...
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I despise "The Workplace" thanks to the admins who move comments to chat

I despise “The Workplace” thanks to the admins who move comments to chat If I understand correctly, you don't like the fact that comments are not permanent. You might get a better reception for ...
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Comments being deleted

I'd like to ask why these comments were deleted The comments were: @dukeling how is this possibly a duplicate of the given link??????? – bharal 6 hours ago This was flagged by someone. Two ...
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How to report multiple obsolete comments?

The best approach is to flag the post and explain what's going on. Obsolete flags can be harder to evaluate (there's no way to tell us why you think it's obsolete), so a custom flag is better in a ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Why was this comment – which suggested an improvement to my answer – deleted?

I say that I agree with what that mod said to you: If you consider that comment useful, include it in your answer if you wish so. If the comment is as useful as you say, then it must have valid ...
DarkCygnus's user avatar
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What is the criteria to get rude or un-necessary comment removed?

We do try to handle flags promptly, but sometimes either we're busy or there are a lot of flags. If your flag is fairly recent, a moderator might not have seen it yet. Sometimes a moderator has seen ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
9 votes

Inconsistent comment moderation appears capricious

Speaking generally: when I see comment flags I almost always click through to see what else on the post might need attention, but if the comment is really egregious (like, name-calling) and I don't ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
9 votes

When comments start okay and then diverge, can we just move the latter ones into discussion, while keeping the appropriate ones above?

For my part, I don't spend much time trying to determine the legitimacy of any comment. Comments are for the sole purpose of improving the question or answer, period. I would even go so far as to say ...
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When comments start okay and then diverge, can we just move the latter ones into discussion, while keeping the appropriate ones above?

Comments are not supposed to be permanent or even sorted into categories. If there is useful comments they can be incorporated into the answer, or another answer. Anyone particularly interested can ...
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Comment flagging - please try to use an appropriate flag type

This would be much easier if SE permitted us to correct erroneous input. Unfortunately once you have made a suboptimal choice, intentionally or accidentally, you are stuck with it until/unless the ...
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8 votes

Experiment concluded: a comment by any other name

IMHO this is not a helpful change1. I get that you are trying to cut down on the number of extraneous comments, but the modification attempts to classify comments into either Suggestions for change ...
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Experiment concluded: a comment by any other name

Interesting situation to analyze the one that this post reveals: Is it expected that I cannot comment on questions or answers, having reputation 1,986? On that post, we can read (emphasis mine): ...
DarkCygnus's user avatar
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What determines whether comments are deleted or moved to chat?

It depends Here are some examples: If the comment(s) are along the lines of "We need a location", and the OP adds the location information, then I will just burniate the comments. If there is some ...
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