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Questions from unregistered users

How should we respond to questions from unregistered users? Should we treat them differently from questions from registered users? For example: Should we post comments encouraging users to register? ...
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Comments on deleted answers

Recently I gave a cryptical comment to an answer and I wanted to follow up and check whether the answer had been updated following my suggestion. It turned out I could not find my comment on my ...
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Is there a short way to reference a question in the comments?

When writing a comment, is there a short-way to make a hyperlink to a question, without copying and pasting its address (or its title + address)? For instance, in order to refer to question #74, ...
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How to accept an answer of a question that has answered in comment

I do not know whether it's a good way to ask this question, But I do not find any other way to contact the moderators. How can I accept an answer to a question that has answered in a comment. I have ...
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Project topic and course selection questions

With the new university semester starting, we've had a small flurry of questions asking about course selection and suggestions for project topics (1, 2, 3). This is by no means overwhelming the site ...
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Comment threads we'd like to move to chat

A new system for moving comments to chat has been implemented. Basically, posts are auto-flagged if there are too many comments, enabling mods to copy all comments to a new chatroom (and then spend ...
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Is there a canonical reason why I can't flag my own comment?

I've been involved in a comment thread (with babou, not that it makes any difference) that has no reason for existence after both of us have run out of things to say. While it existed it was useful (...
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Vanished comment

I recently made a comment in response to another comment on the answer to this question. I just noticed that both had vanished and was wondering why. Is this perhaps a bug or is there another ...
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Reference: templates for common comments

The purpose of this post is to aggregate several templates for comments useful for the daily moderating of the CS site, e.g., informing the user (usually, new user) when their question is off-topic / ...
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Is it all right to cleanup “comment-answered-questions”?

I am looking at some older questions that are left unanswered, and I see some examples where the question is well and fully answered in the comments. Is it all right for me to basically copy/paste or ...
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How to avoid long comment threads for discussion with new members?

I recently got into a really long comment thread with a new member, in this post. It was eventually locked by Gilles, because we are not supposed to use comment threads for discussions. I actually ...
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should obsolete comments be removed?

What should be done with comments on questions after the questions were edited and the comments are no longer relevant? On one hand, these comments are not needed anymore On the other hand - they ...
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Please add a comment explaining the reason when voting to close a question

If you are voting to close a question, please explain the reason. There are some questions which are closed with no explanations in the comments (two about careers). Not everyone reads the ...