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Mysteriously deleted comments

In this answer ScottRowe and I had an on-topic comment exchange that was mysteriously deleted. As best I recall, this is what it contained: Scott asked about the chance that a God hypothesis would be ...
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Are we getting bogged down in comments?

I have seen many questions with no votes and accompanying answers with no votes, but many comments. Should we be answering and voting rather than indulging in often flippant and unhelpful comments? ...
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How to enable chat in advance for a question?

I have already asked some questions where the comment section turned into a discussion, however the option of moving it to the chat prompted only after a major number of comments accumulated. Is there ...
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Please consider leaving comments if you routinely downvote the same person or people!

Please leaving comments if you routinely downvote the same person or people! Assume the person wants to learn if they keep asking questions Assume the person can learn if they are not banned due to ...
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Deleted comments - why, and how can we stop it happening?

Possibly related to can we prohibit erasure of comments?... On the thread Asserting that Atheism and Theism are both faith based positions, I posted an answer. There was a short exchange of ...
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Should downvotes have explanations?

Firstly I know this is beating a dead horse. I'm not even going to link all the previous discussions. They are easy to find. But I would draw attention to a scenario presented to me by this: https://...
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Reason comment was removed

I added a comment to the question on Why is a lion not evil?. There was already a "Comments are not for extended discussion;" link there when I added my comment. My comment was a direct question to ...
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Sin-and-guilt preaching...

Newbie (on Philosophy) here. I’ve been reading questions to get a feel for how this site works. I notice there’s at least one user who seems to take every opportunity to strongly preach a Christian ...
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Why are comments not for discussion?

Comments are often used on this site for discussion, quick hints and even sometimes even more-or-less fully-baked answers. But this is not actually great! In fact, comments are not for discussion. ...
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Why can I only edit a comment 5 minutes after it was posted?

Is there a reason temporal constraint in editing comment is more important than thoughtfulness, on this site? Better for my plodding mind to be precise than fast, isn't it?
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can we prohibit erasure of comments?

comments often respond to other comments. if the latter are deleted, the former make no sense. my view is that once you've said it, you should be prepared to take the consequences. erasure of ...
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Why Might Answers be provided as Comments?

I am curious why sometimes answers are provided in the comments section. I think comments are great for q&a on context, clarification, reshaping the question .. etc. But answers sometimes come in ...
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On removing offensive and aggressive speech in comments

Is it possible to mark comments as spam, aggressive or offensive; in the same way that posts can be? There's one I've just noticed that is a good candidate simply by the use of language ie words ...
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How to encourage moving comment-based discussion to chat?

Building on 'not in comments please!', what concrete steps can we take towards encouraging broader use of the chat functionality in favor of extended comment-based discussion? Note that comments are ...
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How can I argue about a migration that I don't agree with?

Suppose someone migrates your question to another site, and you believe the question was misunderstood. The other site closes it down since it also doesn't fit. What is the most appropriate course of ...
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Is it useful to have a word limit on comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we allow more space and possibly a larger font for comments? I was asking myself... Very often comments to questions/answers are used to in-depth analyze claims and ...
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"Not in comments please" -- How to handle interesting discussions

I see a lot of parenthetical "discussions" taking place in comments section of this site. That raises an interesting question — Comment-discussions are typically deleted as off-topic, but how ...
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Can we allow more space and possibly a larger font for comments?

(Good) Philosophical arguments are essentially back and forth exchanges of long, coherent and self-sufficient arguments. Thus, I think the character limit on comments is not enough for proper ...
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