There is, I feel, a problem user whose participation in this site is pretty appalling. They use the comments to lob out weak, critical remarks that aren't entirely rude/abusive nor off-topic, but show some disdain toward users on the basis of not being relevant to their interests.
I know that I and some other frequent users (esp. the site mods) occasionally drop comments like these when a question or answer is truly impenetrable. I make that assessment on the basis of my gut, but also on a lack of attention (low views, no answers, no comments). This user (unnamed) has no problem saying, e.g. "This is a meandering nonsensical question/answer" when there is clearly active, vibrant participation, upvotes, and so on.
It draws out a concerning point that comments are a rather tall soapbox for people whose stupid opinions would otherwise be shouted down into the ether (via downvotes).
- Is this kind of behavior kosher or flag for moderation?
- If the behavior is kosher, is it kosher to respond in kind and say [in effect] "Just because you don't get it doesn't mean it's everyone else's problem." or such?
- Would a comment downvote button be a good way to encourage better discussion?