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How best to leave comments on questions and answers in the review queue?

I notice that regular Review Queue patrollers often leave a stock comment, particularly on "first posts" and "low quality posts". There are many issues that arise time and again, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Should we encourage downvoters to leave a comment for their downvote?

I am of the opinion that we should encourage downvoters to leave a comment as to why they downvoted. This is particularly important for questions as without a comment it is hard for the OP to figure ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Converting comment to answer in simple questions. 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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Why were my "no longer needed" comment flags declined?

Today, I needed to search about fitting discrete distributions on my mobile device; I ended up in the thread How to fit a discrete distribution to count data?, which was indeed quite relevant. Under ...
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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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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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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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