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I too have noticed an increase in low quality questions as the ranks of our site's users rapidly swell. There has been Meta SE discussion on LMGTFY, and I don't think using that site is a good strategy. I think a simpler deterrent to posting of unresearched questions is downvoting (as that button tip encourages - see below), preferably but not ...


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Imho, it is fair to repost the comment as an answer if a reasonable amount of time, i.e. a week, has passed and the commenter doesn't seem interested in posting an answer. This (+ at least one upvote) is the only way to get the question recognized as answered. Alternatively, you can try to encourage the commenter to post his/her comment as an answer. ...


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I've watched this post for the past couple days...spending way more time than anyone should reading edit history and comments. That nonsense in itself is why I quit on GIS.SE for a few months. But me going on about that is not an answer to the question. That point in itself is a problem - this "question" is now different than the original question. Now that ...


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I have noticed the same and agree despite being guilty of it myself. There are many answers (or almost answers) being offered in comments, however I think we do OK with handling these when they actually provide a useful answer. I think many people (myself included) put these as comments as they're just a suggestion rather than a well thought out and/or ...


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One of the original purposes behind instituting comment voting was There’s a lot of value trapped in the comments and the goal is to bring this to the surface. Voting on comments has no downside, no effect on reputation, and is completely optional. (http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/04/comments-now-with-flags-and-votes/.) Comment votes have the ...


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I am sharing a query in SEDE to help finding questions which were answered in comments. It searches for questions with no answers, which are not closed and are not locked. Under such questions OP uses one of two keywords in comments: solved or worked. One needs to type a tag name as a parameter from the query. Testing this query for the arcpy tag returned ...


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Please do not ask for more details as an answer because that area is reserved for direct answers to the question. The 50 point reputation requirement is there for the reasons discussed in Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead? so I recommend reading that Q&A and following the advice in its only, and highly upvoted, answer. I ...


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Comments do not support the insertion of images. To do that you need to be editing your question (via Ask Question or using the edit button beneath an existing question). Its the same as for an answer so I'll screenshot this and circle the picture button in red. To better understand the purpose of comments I recommend reviewing How do comments work? and to ...


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If people write their answer in a comment, without any plan to make a proper answer later, they have basically given out a free answer to anyone willing to finalize it and capture all the precious internet points for themselves. Maybe the solution is to encourage people to poach any comment-answers they can find. With 17,300 unanswered questions, even if ...


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GIS SE, like all Stack Exchange sites, takes Be nice very seriously, because, despite being phrased as guidelines, it is tantamount to policy. The second and third guidelines do not seem to be part of your question but I will quote the first guideline here because that does seem to be part of it: Rudeness and belittling language are not okay. Your tone ...


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In the Reopen Review you will be in the Revision tab by default, which shows what has been changed in the post. Clicking on the Question (Revised) tab will change the view slightly, into what the question now shows, including an Add Comment link at the bottom of the post (same as if you had opened the question directly). This way you can add a comment and ...


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In addition to PolyGeo's answer, you could create a chat room and invite that user to the chat and discuss with them in there. While not private, you will be free to discuss in there without polluting the comment thread. You could link to that new chat room in the comments so the user is aware of it.


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I cannot speak to the current question under discussion (where the answer was converted), but I do have an answer for the revised question (this meta question). Answers can be flagged with one of four canned responses or a custom 'other'. You can see these by clicking on the flag link at the bottom of an answer. However once that flag hits the review queue, ...


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A couple of points: Some people really aren't that great at googling. They don't think of the right synonym, or aren't specific enough, or just can't even think of what it is they need to know specifically. In those cases, it might be reasonable to just answer, "googling your search terms gave this link: ...". Even if the answer is readily answerable by ...


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That's not possible. You can only post a link to a picture. Is it possible to add images to comments?


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As you will see at Any way to send a personal message to another user? it is by design that there is no feature on Stack Exchange to facilitate private messaging between users.


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I prefer not to use the term "best practice" but what I would do is to edit the question to correct it, and include a link to a reference that supports the 254 character limit.


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For most questions on GIS.SE I would say that naming the software is important/critical but the version is not. In almost any case where a question is 'how do I...', the answer will vary (depending on how explicit you are) with software being used. SE strives for specific questions and answers. Any question that doesn't name software can only elicit general ...


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I agree that when a question involves software, it is critical that the version numbers of said software are included. As with any technical support procedure, this is among the first and most important pieces of information needed to accurately answer such questions, which is why I suggested including it in my response the aforementioned 'How to frame...' ...


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Let me add another answer for your original question, which was also about a hypothetical user who was responding and commenting on questions in an aggressive and non-productive way (i.e., 'trolling' around). When you see such type of action here, first thing you can try is indeed flagging for moderator attention as suggested in the other answer (generally, ...


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Actually, the flag came from the review queue, your comment was flagged. First I looked and declined the flag as I felt it wasn't "unkind", a 2nd moderator looked at it and agreed with you and deleted both comments. Your later comment was subsequently deleted by a moderator as it wasn't really relevant to the answer. As for your chat question, if you don'...


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We cannot force users to post answers as answers, rather than comments, but we can all encourage them to do so. There are 17,300 unanswered questions still open for answers, and many of them have at least partial or brief full answers in their comments. I would like to encourage frequent commenters to consider, when making them, whether their comments ...


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It is not showing the flag icon because one can't flag his/her own comments. The reason is they can be directly deleted. Flagging own comments was already requested in the Main Meta site at least twice, but it was not well received. See: Allow flagging own comments Allow me to flag my own comments as obsolete One option is to flag comments from others (or ...


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Deleting critical comments from one's own posts would be a pretty clear abuse of moderator privileges. If a comment is believed to violate the "Be Nice" policy, it can be left for another moderator to deal with. Simple as that.


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As commented by @Midavalo: The comment about your answer being too short was added through the review queue. That reviewer deleted the comment after you had expanded your answer. This is a sign of the review queue doing its job. In addition to that and @IanTurton's answer there are some links that I think are worth reviewing with respect to comment ...


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If you want to re-write your comment, you can add a new one and delete the old one. Comments are not meant for answers, and don't allow for much formatting (which makes it difficult to comment much code). If you have an answer, post it as an answer, or if you have a question, ask it as a question. Moderators can edit comments (but do so rarely), so you ...


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It depends if the misleading assumption is key information to solve OP's question, i.e., when correcting/responding to the misleading assumption is the answer (or significant part of the answer). In this case, don't edit the question, but answer it. If the misleading assumption is marginal to what is being asked, I see no problem making a correction, which ...


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I changed your answer to a comment because it seemed to me that you hadn't answered the question. You gave a link to an old PAF which doesn't provide the neighbourhood names the questioner wanted. As the OP says he can already do postcode to district and ward and that this is not the correct answer he is looking for. The majority of your answer was a note ...


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The pencil icon next to a comment means that the comment has been edited in the past - it is not clickable. I edited the comment I added above - you can see the icon on the end that indicates that the comment has been edited: To edit a comment you need to mouse over the comment and wait for the edit link to appear. You can only edit your own comments, ...


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Besides what PolyGeo has already said my advice to gain initial 50 points of reputation is to help curating the site by suggesting improvements on questions and answers through editing. Each edit suggestion that gets approved is worth +2 points (then, you need 25 successful suggestions which is not too much). One advantage of such approach is that it helps ...


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