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How should I flag (or otherwise deal with) questions that have not been clarified after comments were left?

This is a problem I encounter relatively frequently when trying to tidy up the unanswered questions list. Let's take this case as an example: What do my residuals say about my data? The OP posted a ...
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Finding question with an interesting comment about ReLU activation functions?

A few months ago, I read an interesting comment by user shimao to a question, which linked to a YouTube video where some lecturer (a mathematician, I think) showed how ReLU activations don't solve the ...
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When we vote to close a question as “unclear” should we state why in a comment?

Some questions are completely unclear and it's fairly obvious that they need to be closed. But I've seen some votes to close as unclear that could really use an explanation - and sometimes the person ...
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Is it OK to use suggestions by other people to answer a question with a bounty?

I wrote this answer and wanted to make sure that I am not violating this community's etiquette. My answer builds on two suggestions made by other users in the comments on the question. Those other ...
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Can I move a conversation to chat before the 11 comments threshold?

I searched for an answer to this question before asking, but I couldn't find it (I admit I'm not very skilled in using the "search" function on the SE sites). I would like to move the comments for ...
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Handling users who act inappropriately after warnings and after being directed to posting guidelines

I'm curious about how CV handles abusive/rude users who continue to act inappropriately on the boards despite being directed to the CV posting guidelines and warned about their inappropriate postings? ...
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Create template comments/answers [duplicate]

Expecially when reviewing First Posts or answers which are flagged as Low Quality because they are too short, I need to rewrite more or less exactly the same comment every time. Hi, welcome, read the ...
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Is it a good idea to leave an explanatory comment after flagging a question for migration to another SE site?

If I flag a question because I think it's more about programming than about statistics, does it make sense to leave a comment explaining why I think so? I usually don't do that (I don't flag and then ...
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If a complete answer is short, should it be a comment?

Kjetil and I have had a disagreement about whether my answer here should be a comment. OP's question is essentially one of reading/finding documentation for how xgboost works.* The full and ...
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Why am I not notified and my reputation is not increasing when my comment is upvoted?

I had an upvote of a comment but I did not see it, neither in my Inbox nor in reputation. Is it normal? Reputation is less important, compared to not seeing this activity in my Inbox.
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Answering off-topic questions. Appropriate?

Sometimes I see off topic questions which have a very simple answer. Here's an example: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/254623/confidence-interval-for-anova-in-spss. It's clearly off topic, ...
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Include someone's comment to your answer, in your answer

If you provide an answer, and someone comments on it with another piece of evidence in favor of your answer, but different, is it appropriate to include that comment in your answer and recognize the ...
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Is there a way to upvote comments?

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....
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When to post a separate answer even when answered in comments [duplicate]

There are times when the answer is provided in the comments. Either implicitly, or sometimes, after several back and forth, it becomes explicit. When it becomes obvious that the OP's question is ...
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Should the comments be used to guide someone to the answer?

Currently I am trying to guide a user get to the answer of her/his question by asking successive questions. I believe this technique in general can be a good way to help someone learn, as opposed to ...
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Aren't we supposed to flag obsolete comments?

So, there's this chain of comments in Any example of (roughly) independent variables that are dependent at extreme values?: After the edits the whole exchange became obsolete, and will only confuse ...
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Why did my comment get deleted?

My reply to this comment got deleted. Why? The OP commented: So to summarize the link: there results on which method is better are inconclusive, and it is easier to use the under/over-sampling. ...
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How can a new user with not enough rep comment on a question that the same user has previously asked while unregistered?

I have a question about my Cross Validated post: Polynomial regression with slope constrait in R This question is marked as duplicate of another question here. I posted previous question as well but ...
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Tag for comments that contain maieutic responses

I asked a question and got a maieutic question in response. After figuring out the answer myself I awarded answer credit to the person who put forth the effort to write the answer. While this ...
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Increasing visibility to questions by upvoting comments = cheating?

I have begun posting questions in CrossValidated and recognized that many go almost unnoticed. I realized that by periodically upvoting the corresponding comments the question may reappear as active,...
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Are plain “Welcome to our site” comments too chatty?

My reading of the various pieces of stackexchange-network information about comments and chattiness would suggest that "Welcome to our site" comments on their own (absent any other text such as being ...
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Can't delete previous comment

Please see my comment here. I am unable to delete it since the X used to delete it overlaps with the Related question links: Is there any way that I can delete the comment?
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Converting comment for simple question to answer - good practice?

Sometimes there are simple questions, often by newcomers, that could be answered by a one-liner (e.g. "What method to use for my data?"). In most such cases I provide a comment rather than answer ...
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Cannot add comments to my own post

I am trying to comment on my own, active bounty, open question, here: Classify users by the pages they liked and for some reason the page is not responding to my click on the "add comment" button. I ...
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Bad behaviour from a moderator has a negative impact on the community

Moderator behavior is a very crucial point for a community. This means that such people have to be evaluated in a very strict manner. All the time. Otherwise they tend to derange and misuse their ...
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Etiquette for answering old questions addressed in comments?

Lately I've been perusing old, unanswered questions when I have a few minutes. I come across ones like this one, where the question is more or less fully addressed in the comments. Since these are ...
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Downvoting comments

A few months ago, I posted this question on the CV meta asking about why a flag for deletion that I added to a comment was declined. This question generated what I think was some very interesting ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

I'm not sure where to bring up this issue, but the CV meta seemed as good a place as any. Recently I was reading this question about whether the banning of p-values and confidence intervals by the ...
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How best to use the review queue?

For the past couple of months I've had access to the review queue and haven't really got to grips with it yet. I find the design rather unintuitive and clunky - when looking at a post in the review ...
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Best practice: How to request clarification from the author without 50 rep to comment?

I'm new to Stack Exchange and want to answer questions, but without 50 rep I can't post a comment asking the OP for clarification. Is there a clear guideline for what to do in this situation? (If so,...
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I don't receive notifications

A user sent me several notifications in the comments of this discussion today, but I have not received any notification.
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Obsolete comments: To flag, or not to flag?

↑ That ↑ is the question...(Sorry, couldn't resist.) I've flagged a couple comments as obsolete here, and had both flags declined. These comments were suggestions to correct errors in OPs, which were ...
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Rendering error: Comments with MathJax syntax errors overflow their boxes

For some reason the rendering of the right hand column of the webpage is overlapping my comments and is preventing me from editing or deleting my post... Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800 Windows XP ...
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CrossValidated's rather extreme up-voting problem

Users have pointed out that it is very difficult for beginners to comment on questions, see this thread. These users particularly seem to emphasize that it appears Cross Validated has separate ...
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I cannot add comments on cross validated!

I have been a user on cross validated website for quite some time. Around a month ago, I was suddenly unable to add tags to my questions or to add comments to any question. I have contacted the ...
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How did a user with 1 rep comment on an answer?

I was curious to see a comment from a user who had only 1 reputation on one of my answers (the commenter was not the original OP). The comment was a fine question and I of course had no objection to ...
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Comments on comments and communicating with a commenter

If I respond to a comment with a comment or question directed to the commenter, does the commenter necessarily see it? If not, is there any way I can draw their attention to it? I assumed the site ...
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Points of information for lowly members

I'm looking at this page, which includes an R expression (for the gam function in the mgcv package). The R expression includes two elements (functions?) which do not appear on the help page for that ...
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Are commenters notified when the original post is edited?

I wanted to know if commenters receive notifications when the original post they commented on, has been edited. I've received some editing suggestions through comments for one of my previously asked ...
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Shouldn't commenting require less reputation than answering? [closed]

I'm not sure I understand why extra reputation is required to be able to comment on questions and answers. (At my level of reputation--16 in CrossValidated, though higher in some other areas of ...
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Removing Obscured Comment

Unfortunately, in error, I have accidentally posted a comment which was not well formatted. Since then I have tried to remove it, but owing to the nature of the formatting, the delete button has been ...
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What is a “super-ping” and what does it mean if I get one?

I got a notice in my "inbox" about a chat message, but it's in a room I never heard of and never entered before. What's going on and what does that mean?
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Why are people providing answers in comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comments that are actually answers I've noticed that there are many examples of people providing partial answers or pointers in the comments to a question instead of ...
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How to notify me when someone comment my question?

I didn't get any notify that someone give comment to me. How to set the be alarmed? Thank you~
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Comments that are actually answers

Related discussion on Meta.SO. Is there some kind of way that comments that are in fact answers to questions be moved from a comment section into the answer section? Ideally the user who asks the ...
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Inconsistent processing of search requests

Linking through the multiple-comparisons tab gives a page listing 47 tagged questions (as of this moment). The textbox in the upper right corner reads "[multiple-comparisons]". Typing in another ...
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Delete comments when migrating to other SE site

I flagged this post as off-topic and more suitable for SO. I had a two-part comment that listed four possible duplicate questions on SO. When the question was migrated, the first half of my comment ...
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Library of helpful responses

Some situations come up frequently enough, especially with new users, that it seems useful to maintain a library of polite, helpful responses we can offer. Mods (and anyone else) can then copy and ...
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How to unvote on comments?

Occasionally I mistakenly upvote a comment. There seems to be no way to undo this action. Is this a bug? A feature? My missing something?
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Disappearing comments

A comment of mine mysteriously disappeared on the question: Is it “rows by columns” or “columns by rows”?. It is not a big deal as I had meant to delete it myself as the comment was no longer relevant ...