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I don't think we're explaining sourcing properly to new users

A lot of opinion follows: Here at Mi.Yodeya, we place a strong emphasis on sourced questions and answers. New users, who are unfamiliar with this, often ask unsourced but otherwise decent questions (...
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Commentless downvotes

Is there a policy to encourage people to make comments when they give downvotes? Commentless downvotes do very little to improve the site. If something is wrong, you should explain what about it is ...
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What Yodeyan slang terms are there?

What are slang terms that people on Mi Yodeya use in comments or chat that are unique to this community? Please post one term with definition, etymology, earliest known usage, etc., per answer. ...
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How should we ask for improvements to questions and answers?

Sometimes we get a question or answer that is unclear or leaves out important details, and people comment to elicit improvements. Sometimes that works well (and the post gets improved); other times ...
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Using @ in comments with usernames containing spaces?

I guess this is really more of a general meta.stackoverflow question: Putting @ before a username in comments makes it show up in their inbox. What about if the username contains spaces - does the ...
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Dealing with incorrect answers

Suppose an answer is blatantly incorrect. (E.g. it quotes a Talmudic passage to answer the question, but the passage in question actually says the exact opposite.) I would assume that normally the ...
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Why comments and not answers?

Why is it that so many people leave answers in the "comments" section, as opposed to the "answer" section? (You may leave your answer in either section 😉)
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Please provide some hints with non-obvious obsolete (comment) flags

We've been getting a lot of obsolete flags on comments in recent months. Comment clean-up is good, but these tend to be hard to process because we don't know why it's obsolete. This is particularly ...
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“Related question” why so?

Why do people make a point of linking questions to each-other? They write "related." Do they link that so the person asking may see his answer? Thank you
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Answering a question hinted to in a comment

Is it OK to answer a question, where someone had commented on the question with information that can really be used as an answer? I thought of this when I came across this link where Menachem ...
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Can you get notified about a comment even when you're not @mentioned?

Recently I commented on Gershon Gold's answer here. Shortly thereafter (about 5 minutes), I noticed that friendly red notification icon in the top left corner. It was notifying me that Gershon had ...
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Is it OK to post extensive comments as answers?

Here and there, I see answers prefaced by "this is really just a comment that got too long" or the like (and after seeing this a few times I felt comfortable doing it myself, twice in fact). Is that ...
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Etiquette of deleting comments?

I'd like to delete the comments I made here about calendar reform because (1) I was totally misremembering and (2) just before realizing that I shared a link to that fascinating post on my blog. So ...
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Does one need to tag all “no longer needed” comments or are moderators going through the list after seeing one?

There are situations where, after a short discussion in comments, a post is edited to reflect the outcome of the discussions. In these cases, I would like the no-longer needed comments to be removed. ...
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What's our policy on 'thanks' comments?

msh210 mentioned in a comment on https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/48805/5151 @Scimonster, although there's a SE-network-wide quasi-policy against thank-you answer comments from the asker, I ...
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Prompted for a comment on my downvote

I voted on a comment which explained why an answer was lacking. Then I voted it down. The system prompted me to leave a comment. After voting up the comment that I thought explained it, should I do ...
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Later comment(s) vitiates answer

Scenario: After the OP words a question in a general way and elicits a valid answer (and sometimes the answer) OP then comments (usually under the question) and includes qualifications which ...
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Nonconstructive comments

Should this forum run in a way where questions are unnecessarily scrutinized for their accuracy? At the end of the day, people have questions that need to be answered because of a lack of knowledge ...
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Flagging an obsolete comment with a non-obsolete response

I flagged a comment as obsolete, as it asked a question on a post of mine, which I edited the post to address, and the asker accepted the answer (thus indicating that he accepted my response, I assume)...
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Do we need something in between an answer and a comment?

Take a look at this question. I submitted an answer. Shalom then submitted an interesting, relevant, additional point, that was meant to enhance my answer. Someone commented that his answer was not ...
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Low-rep bounty-setters should be able to comment on answers

Someone with insufficient reputation to comment should nonetheless be able to comment on answers to a (not closed) question he set a bounty on. This would allow him to seek clarification of answers.
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Why was my comment deleted?

I put wrote relevant comment to this question. It was even upvoted. Now, both it, and DoubleAA's noticing a typo, are deleted. What happened? I am not upset, I just want to understand the process.
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Explaining the difference between an answer and a comment

(It may be useful to read the comments to this answer before reading my question.) Often times new users post answers when the content is really just a comment. This is understandable, as new users ...
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Undo Comment Voting

When I upvote (or downvote) a question or answer, I have a certain window of time to undo my vote. It doesn't seem this exists for upvotes on comments. (I haven't tried regarding comment flags because ...
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@(name) didn't work for me in a comment on meta

I tried to address a comment on this entry to Isaac using the @ notation. When I typed @ and started to type his name I didn't get the usual hover suggestion, and when I typed it manually anyway it ...
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linking directly to comments

The "activity" tab's "comment" log entries (for comments on answers only, not for comments on questions) link to things like https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/5991/words-often-mispronounced/...
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Standard comment for users who likely need to be merged

When a new user account shows up, and it looks very similar to an existing user account, it would be nice to leave a comment saying something like "Are you this other user? If so, here's what you ...
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Linking to specific answers or comments

How do I give someone a link to a specific answer or comment? I know I can, but the only way I can do it now is to go to my user's recent activity and grab the link from there. Is there an easier way?...
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Pinging without a dot

I am usually pinged with my full username [Dr. Shmuel]. However, sometimes people will remove the dot. I have it on record that rov (1, 2, 3) of the moderators have pinged me as [DrShmuel] without ...
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Migrating comments

Sometimes in response to a question/answer there is a long stream of comments which lead to another question. Right now there is no way to migrate comments to the new question. Perhaps such a feature ...
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Is it possible to access my comment outbox?

Is it possible to access my outbox to search for a comment I made? I've tried searching my inbox for the conversation I'm looking for, but it hasn't helped.
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How do I post a comment in a discussion thread?

User help: I am relatively new to this forum. This site currently grants me the capability to provide an answer to any posted question, however, I do not see a feature enabling me to add a comment to ...
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Deleting partially obsolete comments

Should comments that have been made partially obsolete (e.g., by clarifications that were requested in the comments subsequently being incorporated into the question) be subject to deletion by ...
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Self-destructing comments

Why isn't there (and can we add) a feature to have comments that delete themselves after they are read by the recipient, allowing people to thank each other without clogging up the screen with ...
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Please move these comments to a chat room

This answer has more than 20 comments, and they're old enough that the mod ability to move long comment threads to chat does not work. I think the comments here are worth keeping in some form, but ...
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Average number of comments per post: Mi Yodeya vs the rest of the Stack Exchange Network

[Thanks to msh210 for telling me how to make these calculations.1] I checked the average comments per post of the top 8 Stack Exchange Sites, to compare to Mi Yodeya: Stack Overflow 89,126,736 ...
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Deleting your own obsolete comments

Ironically, in light of my last Meta post, this question is really only directed to the moderators. If I had a discussion with someone in comments to a post, and now I determine that those comments ...
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Help about chat rooms

I've been hunting the SE help, and I can't find answers to these 2 questions: Can I create private chat rooms without using the gallery? The other day, I tried to create a chat w/ another user, but ...
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Nice links in comments

How do I insert a nice looking link where the displayed text is not the URL (this as opposed to this: h​ttp://meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1914/3073) in a comment?
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Add question title to comment links for links to other SE questions

Often, we put things in comments like "related: judaism.se.com/question/1244" (e.g., Garments that unintentionally require tzitzit). In a "post" (question or answer) these get rendered as the title ...
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Moderators too quick to delete

This is based on a single personal experience, but upon research seems to be a pattern. Are the moderators perhaps too quick to delete answers or comments? Might it perhaps be more helpful to note ...
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How to ping other users

What are the rules of pinging? You can ping a user on comments and in chat, but the rules for doing so aren't clear. You can ping a user by commenting on his post and by writing @username in a ...
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Not initially displaying all comments

There is an annoying feature of the comments which I would like to see changed. When there are many comments on a question/answer, only a few of the comments are initially shown, and one needs to ...
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Disagreeing with premise of question - answer or comment? [duplicate]

Sometimes, the correct response to a question is strongly disagreeing with the premise of the question. If the premise is noted as an assumption or unsubstantiated, then an answer can obviously just ...
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unvoted-on comments look voted-on

Upvoted and non-upvoted comments on Mi Yodeya Meta look the same to me on mobile. For example, the following screenshot shows three comments: one by the person who took the screenshot, one he had ...
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Bidi bug in comments

Comments that end with a right-to-left character and are posted by someone whose username starts with a right-to-left character mess up the display: the two characters mentioned are combined into one ...
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Mass-deleting of comments threads

It seems this has been going on for awhile, especially in the last several months: mass-deleting of the discussions of relevant details that often arise in the comments on questions and/or answers. I ...
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Comments on Q/As causing changes on main page

Since when do comments on questions and answers show up on the main page? I don't mean that they can be read there, but that the question is bumped up on the main page, and that the last activity ...
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Questions where I have left a comment

I would like to be able to locate those questions to which I have left a comment, Is this possible?
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Some matters regarding comment deletion

Proposed changes to Mi.Yodeya comments deletion conventions: A generally more liberal approach to comments. Deleting only those that are truly egregious, and taking the time to delete them one-by-one ...