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Let me Google that for you

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 ...
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Policy for users reporting their employment status at commercial software companies?

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 ...
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Should I post answers to questions that already have answers as a comment?

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) ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

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 ...
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Finding questions which are answered in comments?

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 ...
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Adding image in comment section of Stack Exchange sites?

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 ...
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Asking for clarifications with less than 50 reputation points?

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 ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

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 ...
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Observing Be Nice policy in comments on GIS SE?

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 ...
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Sending a private message to a user?

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 ...
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Adding quick comment when voting to not re-open question?

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 ...
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Let me Google that for you

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 ...
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Why are moderators changing answers to comments?

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 ...
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Sending a private message to a user?

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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If an original post gives a misleading assumption in the question should it be edited?

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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Importance of including software (often version too) details when asking most questions at GIS SE?

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 ...
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Importance of including software (often version too) details when asking most questions at GIS SE?

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 ...
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Policy for users reporting their employment status at commercial software companies?

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' ...
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Where can I see when and why my comment was deleted?

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 ...
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If an original post gives a misleading assumption in the question should it be edited?

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 ...
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Flag icon not showing for own comments?

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 ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

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 ...
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What is the etiquette about deleting a competing comment from own post?

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 ...
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What are the downsides of not deleting our own comments?

I don't usually bother deleting comments. When I do, it's usually for one of these reasons: The comment includes inaccurate or misleading information. In this case, I delete it to prevent anyone from ...
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Where can I see when and why my comment was deleted?

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 ...
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The (very short) story of a backslash

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 ...
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Using images within comments?

You can paste the image first in the editor of an answer, then copy the link before saving the answer, discard the answer and insert the link to the image in the comment.
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Why are moderators changing answers to comments?

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 ...
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Asking for clarifications with less than 50 reputation points?

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 ...
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Edit (pencil) icon shows but not possible to click on it?

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 ...
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