Further to that, you (as the community) can also help clean up comments on posts by flagging them or removing your own stale comments as you come across them.
From the How do comment voting and flagging work? FAQ:
If a comment is flagged by enough users it will be auto-soft-deleted. There is no penalty for this. Flagged comments will be surfaced to ...
You can thank people in comments (many people appreciate it), just not in answers. You will probably find a few people around the site who take an ultra-cold approach to this and hate all forms for greeting and thanks but ignore them. Being polite isn't bad.
Protected questions are often ones that are really popular and result in a whole load of new users —...
There are few things more frustrating —from a site management point of view— than seeing somebody write an short answer as a comment, the OP say "Thanks that worked" and then everybody just walk away.
Various elements in the system (that are there to help other people get help and answer the right things) require that answers go in the answers section. So ...
I'm afraid this is something that simply isn't up for discussion. Yes, we want to build a resource of useful knowledge and technical help. However, just as importantly, we want t build a civil and friendly resource. If you can't ask or answer politely, then don't ask or answer at all.
If you find this too restrictive, this might not be the right place for ...
If people aren't posting answers properly, do it for them. From the stackoverflow announcement:
Want to know an easy way to earn reputation? Find a question somewhere with several good, but incomplete, answers. Steal all the answers and write one long, complete, detailed answer which is better than the incomplete ones. Sit back and earn points while ...
As pointed out by Mark Kirby, you can't effectively call on a particular user from a post they haven't yet commented on or edited, because an @user will not send them a notification. See this Meta Stack Exchange answer for details of when comment notifications are triggered.
If you want to seek help from high rep users*, you can always find a few lurking in ...
Well I am surprised that you wish to discuss this matter so openly - I'm very happy to do so.
for the record...
Just for the record, you have continually flagged for the following comment to be removed:
did you consider encrypting your entire drive?
Given your question about encryption/decryption etc, I considered this an entirely reasonable ...
I've set this up.
They are available on GitHub here, so if:
you have an additional comment that you would like added after it has been added to that meta post
you notice a typo or something
Fork and submit a pull request. Or ping me on chat, and I'll give you a hand.
To use this repo, add the following as a remote source in the script:
Comments are very clearly second-class citizens in the system, and we delete them much more briskly than questions or answers. So I'd say it's okay to flag (and subsequently delete) them for mild rudeness, given that the comment doesn't add anything useful to the question.
Rude comments are seldom useful, but when they happen to be, I tend to just edit them....
I agree with your concern — we should engage with people more before closing things — but I think put in the position to close this question, I might followed suit and might have pulled the trigger without explanation.
While it may sound snobby, my only excuse is I expect a certain level of English and technical understanding here. If you can't explain even ...
I agree with Flimm that OP doesn't need to be the FAQ. But I do think it should be in the glossary.
And it is in the glossary! It's somewhat confusingly under "Ask Ubuntu/Stack network specific terms" (even though it's not really specific to SE or AU).
The entry for it says:
OP = Original Poster
Also, people should feel free to ask us what that ...
Why we ask "Why?"
Asking why is often done because something in the question suggests that the person asking is going about solving their problem the wrong way. In those cases, oftentimes, the best way to answer the question is offer a different approach to the problem. Sometimes, though, there's a specific reason why a person has to approach the problem ...
And —in continuation to searchfgold6789's answer— if these comments are answers with question marks on the end, they should have been posted as answers in the first place.
The difference is merely set dressing, flamboyance, explanation and example. If you want the points, have some conviction in what you're saying and spend some time writing it up. If you ...
You use this one after you've flagged a question as being abandoned - you then vote to close as too localized, as per this meta question.
This question appears to be abandoned, if you are experiencing a
similar issue please ask a new
question with details pertaining
to your problem. If you feel this question is not abandoned, ...
When someone deletes them.
No, seriously, that's all there is to it. A moderator may delete a comment for various reasons: It is obsolete, it is rude, off-topic, too chatty, even an insanely long comment discussion that may or may not be on-topic may be deleted with the notion of "go to the chat for a lengthy discussion" (although, in that case, the ...
I'm a bit more relaxed about this than Jacob, mostly because I agree with the last sentence. Comment answers are a real pain because people trip over themselves in politeness to not transcribe it out into an answer.
If you're just asking for output, it's a comment.
If you have reason to think something will work, it's an answer. Explain that reason, what ...
I tend to think of the answer as appropriate if:
It's evident that the user is after a specific way of doing something, but the goal can be accomplished in another way
It's appears that the question is a bug complaint, but there is a known work-around
Don't do it answers are, I think, occasionally appropriate. Most often more appropriate as comments, ...
You should not question the purposes, the if's and how's of why a particular person want to do a particular thing. The Questions should be asked as they are. The Question itself is not to be questioned.
My dear friend, the above quote is a perfect example of sarcasm in action. Every open online community will want to know the intention of the questioner to ...
Is there any mechanism to block trolls from harassing you?
You report them. There is a option left of every comment where you can flag a comment. And you can flag an answer as "not an answer". Be sure to flag appropriate though. Flags that are not correct influence your score negatively.
But who is it that is harassing you? I see one user that is trying ...
If you can edit their answer to include the comments, that'd be great. Comments are second class citizens here on Ask Ubuntu - they can (and are) deletable at any time, for almost any reason. So just keep that in mind.
Someday I'll write a script to purge all comments from the year 2010 - nobody will miss 'em - I hope. ;)
The site expects certain things from posts in order to pass the quality filter.
Just from scanning them; you should probably fix up some of the punctuation and capitalization of your posts and probably cut down on some of your textspeak.
OP means Original Poster, in other words, the user that asked the question.
OP is a term commonly used all over the English speaking Internet, in forums, bug reports and social news sharing sites.
I do not think it should be included in the FAQ, as it is a fairly common term. People who are unfamiliar with it can look up this question or search for it on ...
Nope. Comments are limited to:
There are also a few shortcuts for mentioning things like edit links, etc. See the full help on comments for a better understanding.
As a fellow non-moderator, I cannot view most flags, nor any deleted comments. But from what I can see from your description here and the comments and status of the question, I don't think you've even remotely approached overstepping your bounds. Basically: you're fine.
I think in your initial three-item bulleted list here, you've actually enumerated four ...
It feels so strange not properly thanking others for their effort
If one of the answer wasn't sustain enough, you can ask for clarification in comments, "thanks" are expressed in upvotes (or accepting their answers, but it can be just one!).
Another solution - If you see an new user with a good question, upvote it. We, the community, can solve the problem very easily, no need to force users to read FAQ or change the way the site works, we just need to be kinder to new users with our upvotes.
People who aren't accepting answers aren't using the site correctly. Sometimes this is because they forget they have open questions, some times they just don't know that's what they're supposed to do.
I'm generally okay with people prompting others to get on top of their open questions. Just do it politely and with a hint of an explanation as to what that ...
The OP needs to add more information to get a good answer.
###Needs more info
Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! As it stands, your question may need a little more information in order for it to be answered. If you are not technically savvy don't worry, just add as much information as you can, so that you can get an answer (and a good one at that).