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Comment use and cleanup are an important part of how this system works. If you have additional information not included in an answer, by all means, use our wiki-style editing to improve the post. But if the question does not yet have an answer, please do not use the comment system to supersede that process. Thanks. I'm just going to transcribe some of what ...


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All comments are stored in the system and visible to mods1. Comments deleted by a moderator can be undeleted. Don't use comments for anything you feel is worth keeping there long term. Use comments to: Suggest improvements in an answer Point out mistakes in an answer Ask for clarification Have short discussions which have the potential of improving an ...


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PearsonArtPhoto's answer, while not wrong, isn't entirely accurate. It is absolutely true that diamond-wielding moderators and Stack Exchange employees can delete any comment at any time. Moderators and employees can delete specific comments, all comments, or delete all comments but undelete specific comments (thus making it appear like all comments but a ...


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Only those of us who have diamonds can do that. There are 3 of us, who are moderators appointed by SE staff for a site in beta. Oh, and SE employees of course can do the same thing, but they are usually busy doing other good stuff. When the site is promoted, then the moderators will be elected. In the case of that exchange, someone flagged one of the ...


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Part of the design philosophy of Stack Exchange is that the site is different than a forum, in that you don't have to scroll through long conversations between users to get to critical information, you can find it right in the answers to questions. This is the key reason that Stack Exchange has a particular focus on avoiding long comment threads. They do ...


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JCRM is correct that in many cases it is possible to edit the information into the answer for the user, but in this case the user has engaged in a pattern of omitting critical information from the answer and then adding it to the comments section with multiple comments. This behavior is discouraged. If you see some one off instances of this, you can flag ...


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No, there is no way to notify the user. The best you can hope for is that they drop by and happen to see your comment. Of course, if they do drop by in chat, you can try to catch them then.


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Comments are absolutely temporary; we are very lucky that the good ones stick around as some of them can be incredibly valuable to future readers, but impermanence is as true in Stack Exchange as (many believe) it is in the rest of the universe. The doctrine asserts that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is "transient, evanescent, ...


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