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The only real disadvantage I can think of to a properly designed reply button is that it might lead to more replying, encouraging protracted conversations in comments. The original arguments against a reply button were mostly that it would result in the @ notation used unnecessarily, in places where users wouldn't otherwise use it. But in addition to having ...


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About Jeff Atwood's answer, AXIOM: A bunch of comments filled with @username are harder to read and noisier than those which are not. The goal of our sites is to increase signal-to-noise, not reduce it. The average number of comments on a SO question is 2.5. The median number of comments on a SO question is ZERO. Post owners are always notified of ...


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That particular comment is automatically generated by the system through the Low Quality Posts review queue. I'm not sure if there is a list of these (so you can copy them) but you can see all options here: Nowadays, the comments have some links in them, but the text hasn't changed significantly over the years. Other interesting links: Repository of ...


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Those comments are only generated in the Low Quality Posts review queue, and automatically (you can choose from a list of half a dozen standard comments, or choose to leave no comment at all). You get access to that queue at 2,000 reputation. I agree that these comments can be useful from the First Posts (or Late Answers) queue as well; that's why I use the ...


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