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How best to use the review queue?

A compendium of comments I've found useful. Feel free to add more. Questions Self-study Is this a question from a course or textbook? If so, please add the self-study tag & read its wiki. ...
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Are plain "Welcome to our site" comments too chatty?

Welcome messages are not noise. Early on in the life of this site, the SE Team actively encouraged posting comments to help people feel welcome. I therefore always decline flags that suggest those ...
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Etiquette for answering old questions addressed in comments?

The basic policy is clear enough -- don't answer in comments, answer in answers. Some SE sites are very strict and simply remove anything in comments that looks like an answer. Others run a bit looser....
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If a complete answer is short, should it be a comment?

Like Richard Hardy (above), I think that attempts to answer the question should be done as "answers", not comments. This lets people up- (or down-)vote the proposed solution, provides a place for ...
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Is it OK to use suggestions by other people to answer a question with a bounty?

See Etiquette for answering old questions addressed in comments?. I don't think anything changes just because a bounty's at stake. (If someone's really keen to win that bounty they needn't give ...
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When we vote to close a question as "unclear" should we state why in a comment?

I agree -- where feasible we should try to help the poster understand how to fix their post, including trying to explain what's unclear whenever we're able to do so. However, if someone else's ...
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Do you say "thank you" to commenters who solve your problem?

We commonly edit out "thanks" from the body of a question (see revision history on this Q). In the question, we want to get as quickly as possible to—and through—the relevant information. ...
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Best practice: How to request clarification from the author without 50 rep to comment?

@whuber's stamina is admirable, but I have to endorse @NickCox's suggestion: You just have to hang in there, contribute answers to questions that don't need clarification (etc.) until you get to 50. ...
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Bad behaviour from a moderator has a negative impact on the community

Added in Edit: Now that two of us are accused of abusing our position as moderators, I'm not sure I can contribute anything further. You have said of each of us that you think we're abusing our ...
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Answering off-topic questions. Appropriate?

I sometimes answer questions and vote to close them at the same time. I don't see any problem with that. What I would do is leave a comment to the OP explaining that the question is off topic and ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

Cromwell's rule : "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken." This wise rule (modernized perhaps by substituting "probable" for "possible", and maybe ...
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Bad behaviour from a moderator has a negative impact on the community

Nali, I do owe you an apology. The proper way to proceed when I encountered a flag on your first post was to (1) recognize that you are a relative newcomer and welcome you to our site and (2) add a ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

It seems to me that we have to balance two imperatives on CV: We need to preserve information that is germane to on-topic threads and provide information about statistics, machine learning, data ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

I agree with most of what has been said so far. Disclaimers: I didn't see the original comment or add +1 to it. My comments can easily be sharper than average here, so I am not posing as a nice guy,...
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A mod removed my answer (referencing the answer from comments) to my question saying it doesn't answer it

"See so-and-so's comment" doesn't meet the standard for an answer on our site. Answers should be complete in themselves; for example, if BruceET was to delete his comment, your answer would be useless....
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(Why) does CV post comments under my name and without notifying me?

This is what the software does when a user proposes that a question is a duplicate. The software isn't smart enough to figure out the contextual information about who authored which question, and the ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

First of all--and most importantly--I am sorry you feel bad about that comment. In coming to a decision about the flag, I considered several aspects of the situation. Relevance. Despite your claim ...
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Why did my comment get deleted?

From the help page on comments: When shouldn't I comment? Comments are not recommended for any of the following: ... Compliments which do not add new information ("+1, great answer!"); ...
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When we vote to close a question as "unclear" should we state why in a comment?

In an ideal world, yes, we would patiently sit down with each poster, discuss what in particular is unclear about their question and guide them to a clear question, which we would then proceed to ...
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What to do when an answer is wrong, but a comment box is too small?

Just so that this question has an answer: One method is to post your own answer to the question. In passing, it can demonstrate that an alternative strategy is not correct. If the answer to the ...
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When should an answer be given as opposed to just giving a hint

When it's not a homework-type question, a full answer is merited. People nevertheless sometimes leave hints in comments: I can't presume to speak for anyone else, but when I do that it's usually ...
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Converting comment to answer in simple questions. Good practice?

As long as the question is on-topic, not duplicate and well posed, answering with comments is a bad practice, because it can leave the post officially unanswered, which is bad for our site statistics. ...
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Best practice: How to request clarification from the author without 50 rep to comment?

We're fairly easy-going around here, but I can only speak for my own moderation habits on this one because nominally it's breaking the rules: when I run across an answer that has been flagged as ...
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How best to use the review queue?

[Edit: It looks like the queues seem to have improved a little in recent times -- I find it easier to figure out why something closed for example -- so to an extent some of the gripes here may be a ...
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Etiquette for answering old questions addressed in comments?

I agree that it is better to provide an answer for otherwise unanswered questions. In general, if there is an answer in the comments that is substantively the same as the answer I would have ...
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Why am I not notified and my reputation is not increasing when my comment is upvoted?

You ask about earning reputation for posting comments. Because comments are "second-class citizens" on SE, they do not accrue reputation and you are not notified of votes on them. The only thing ...
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Can I move a conversation to chat before the 11 comments threshold?

Flag the post for Moderator attention, with a request to move the comments to chat.
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Finding question with an interesting comment about ReLU activation functions?

I believe I found it: Vanishing gradient vs. dying ReLU? (youtube video here). The reason you probably did not find the comment is because it was not shimao who ...
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How should I flag (or otherwise deal with) questions that have not been clarified after comments were left?

Not answering Glen_b's comment does not seem to have anything to do with this question being a candidate for closing. I'd say that this question is simply too vague/too broad, so I closed it (if ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

Let me address it as if a similar comment had been directed at my own field. If I'd been doing the review, I'd very likely have let the comment stand. While personally offensive behavior would need ...
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