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Sin-and-guilt preaching...

Proselytizing is definitely inappropriate — but my first thought is just applying SE guidelines. If a comment isn’t helpful in clarifying the question, then flag it for removal. Just in general, ...
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Why Might Answers be provided as Comments?

Comments should not be used for answers. There are two types of situations where this tends to arise: Questions that have been closed where commentors answer in comments to express disagreement with ...
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Why are comments not for discussion?

From the help center: When should I comment? You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the ...
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Why can I only edit a comment 5 minutes after it was posted?

This question is answered on Meta Meta, which is where features common to all SE are discussed. There is nothing special about 5 minutes in particular, but "if you're allowed to edit a comment for ...
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Why Might Answers be provided as Comments?

In addition to the two cases virmaior mentioned, I personally will on occasion leave an "answer comment" for something that's an idea for an answer, but isn't fully fleshed out. Not sure if this is a ...
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Should downvotes have explanations?

Firstly, these are mechanisms that are deeply embedded in the StackExchange platform, so there is no way for us to handle it differently just for one site. This leads us to Meta.StackExchange - and ...
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Why can I only edit a comment 5 minutes after it was posted?

If the comment requires a lot of thoughts then it's better to draft it elsewhere before posting (Notepad perhaps). If it's not, then the trivial fix can be added by deleting the old comment and ...
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Why Might Answers be provided as Comments?

I think this is a real issue in Philosophy SE. For example, in this question the correct answer is given in the comments, which leaves us without the means to upvote and provide feedback on it, that ...
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Why can I only edit a comment 5 minutes after it was posted?

This question isn't really about philosophy, it's about the way this website is managed. However, I agree that a 5-minute editing time is too short. I just got cut off halfway through improving the ...
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Why can I only edit a comment 5 minutes after it was posted?

If there is a reason for the time-restriction on editing comments, I don't know what it is. If I take 3 minutes or 30 minutes over a comment, how am I inconveniencing others ? There is no danger of ...
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Deleted comments - why, and how can we stop it happening?

Keelan's answer to the related question you linked to may be worth noting: Originally, comments were meant for short-term discussion in order to improve the post. They should not contain anything ...
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Sin-and-guilt preaching...

Also a newbie, but I think that applying the SE policies is sufficient. That being said, I believe that philosophy is a strong enough practice to tolerate answers such as "because God said so" within ...
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Why are comments not for discussion?

This is a partial answer. The reason the comment section is used rather than chat is because there is a comment link, "add a comment", below each question and answer, but there is no link to "discuss ...
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Why Might Answers be provided as Comments?

As I read other Phil.SE posts, I've seen quite a few cases where learners and students are not comfortable asserting Answers outright, but use comments to provide partial feedback and ideas for ...
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