I was looking at possible badges I could earn on CV. I think there was one where you could earn the badge by voting for a specified number of comments. I have seen numbers to the left of some comments. Do they represent votes? I have no idea what to do to vote for comments if it is possible.

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    $\begingroup$ Upvote this sample comment. $\endgroup$ – Andre Silva Jan 1 '17 at 20:33
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks. I did it for your comment and one other person must have too. $\endgroup$ – Michael R. Chernick Jan 1 '17 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ by the way I think you earned those upvotes. $\endgroup$ – Michael R. Chernick Jan 1 '17 at 22:39
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    $\begingroup$ See the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites, under "Reputation, badges and voting" specifically the question How does comment voting and flagging work?. $\endgroup$ – Glen_b Jan 2 '17 at 1:26
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Glen_b. Andre Silva gave me the detail I wanted about upvoting comments. I can see why we should be able to flag comments since some people might violate policy and use bad language. I also noticed some comments being removed because book prices were mentioned. That was probably done by a moderator. $\endgroup$ – Michael R. Chernick Jan 2 '17 at 2:14

Yes, there is. Hover over the left side of a comment and click in the up arrow to vote (try it in the sample comment I left under the question). Comments can't be downvoted. You will also see a flag beneath the up arrow; that is for flagging comments.

Badges related to commenting are 'Commentator' (bronze) and 'Pundit' (silver). The latter is the one related to voting. One needs to write 10 comments and each of them receive at least 5 upvotes (yes, numbers on the left represent the amount of votes a comment received). I think the intent of the Pundit badge is reward users who write useful comments. Likewise voting on regular posts, a user can't vote for his/her own comments.

There are no badges for upvoting comments.

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  • $\begingroup$ Okay thank you. I didn't remember clearly what I saw. There are many comments that I would like to vote for. So it helps to know how to do it. I make a lot of comments. Many are helpful. Probably if more people knew this I might be getting more votes on comments. I would like to try for the commentator badge. Of course I shouldn't be able to upvote my own comments. $\endgroup$ – Michael R. Chernick Jan 1 '17 at 22:36
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    $\begingroup$ @MichaelChernick, you are welcome. I think you are aware, but if not, see that you already have Commentator and Pundit in the main site, and have 'Commentator' here on meta. So, keep participating in meta, and will get 'Pundit' soon. Good luck. $\endgroup$ – Andre Silva Jan 1 '17 at 22:57
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    $\begingroup$ I achieved most of my badges on my first trip to CV. That was 2011 and 2012 when I was very active here. I resumed activity in November 2016 and am becoming active and reacquainted with the rules. I appreciate your politeness and patience with me. I hadn't checked. I think I have earned one or two badges since returning in November. Over the years it is entirely possible that I earned some additional badges (probably not many) over those years as others reviewed my posts. $\endgroup$ – Michael R. Chernick Jan 2 '17 at 0:57

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