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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How comments are handled?

At How do comments work? it says: When should comments be deleted? Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. You should not expect them to be around forever. Once ...
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What are the downsides of not deleting our own comments?

Yes, obsolete comments are disruptive and can waste people's time if we unnecessarily read them thinking there is something important there. I believe it is also hard (in the sense it is time ...
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Reputation limiting actions is a problem

Tips for how to quickly acquire the 50 points of reputation necessary for the comment everywhere privilege can be found at Asking for clarifications with less than 50 reputation points? However, when ...
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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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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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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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Policy for users reporting their employment status at commercial software companies?

Requiring users to write a profile that includes their employer's name is not something that is a Stack Exchange network policy. The only discussion I have seen about Stack Exchange control over what ...
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Wrong version of question showing up (or some info at the profile page)?

I suspect that this came about by caching on the device used by @kahukowhai but that is not something that I can be certain of. It may also have been that the user read your original question earlier ...
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Observing Be Nice policy in comments on GIS SE?

"be nice policy" This kind of works both ways. People that come here largely to answer questions and not ask them are always short on time. That's not to say that we're trying to be mean, but ...
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Observing Be Nice policy in comments on GIS SE?

Timeline does not show votes up on comments I think it was more a for your information (fyi) than an in-politeness to you. I probably could answer that question with an answer but time is short for ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

Yes, answers to Questions should be in Answers, but when the issue is something trivial like a Python syntax error, it hardly seems worth the effort to put down the phone, find a desktop and provide a ...
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