Comments are not the place for extended discussion. It is not recommended to propagate an increasingly off-question comment trail.
It is within the power of moderators to move the whole comment trail to chat. That way the discussion can continue freely. If there have been 20 or so comments in a short time the system will automatically raise a flag to the ...
[Q] Chatty, open-ended questions
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. [Chatty, open-ended questions](/...
I will answer my own question and want to suggest the following. Post another answer if you disagree.
Leaving a comment - anyone with at least 50 reputation can do this. If you see posts which could be improved: Leave a comment. Don't flag it.
Downvoting - anyone with at least 125 reputation can do this. If you see posts of low quality: Vote down. Posts of ...
Comment template to address link-only answers with suggestion to improve:
Please try not to post link-only answers. Could you consider adding
more details for instance on [suggestion]?
Please don't post link-only answers. Try to add some details to your posts from the linked sources.
Please don't post link-only answers. Try to improve your ...
Can we flag questions or answers that receive one or more down votes without comments?
No, flagging is a process that raises moderator attention. This is something you do if you see spam, vandalism or very low quality content.
For everything else: Down-vote to help the system and the community to distinguish between good and bad content. Leave comments to ...
I personally always dismiss these type of flags. And probably I'm not following the Stack Exchange guidelines too closely by doing this.
Comments, in general are discouraged across the Stack Exchange network. However, I personally feel the need to build up a community and not a group of unrelated Q&A-posters.
Saying Thank you! is a nice gesture, and I ...
I fully agree, and would like to add: When reviewing questions, the procedure should roughly be:
Is the content on-topic and the question specific and well described? Vote-up, and either try answering or move on!
Is it off-topic, too broad, or unclear? Vote down, leave a comment, and vote to close!
Is it of low quality? Vote down, leave a comment, and ...
Splice Struct Entry by Index in Solidity was a good example of a question that should be flagged->"should be closed"->"unclear what your asking".
I suspect early commenters were not familiar with that feature, and if it had been done, moderator intervention would probably have happened earlier.
As an aside: the "should be closed" part is/sounds a little ...
No, it's not necessary. Thanks for escalating this to meta.
One good comment would have been sufficient. The issue with that comments in that specific thread is that any later comment added another snippet of information for the author. My last comment was the most complete one.
As a moderator I always feel a little bit guilty after closing questions. And ...