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I like your proposed text block and intend to use it in the future. ("Answering" questions on Meta feels weird)


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I think an important pedagogical angle also needs to be emphasised. A significant point of the OP providing an attempt at coding is that it is an indication of their level of expertise. It's not just about helping with problems but knowing at what level you need to start your discussion from. Neither of the code blocks as presented emphasise this enough I ...


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As on all StackExchange sites, the idea of comments here is that they are ways of allowing clarification or feedback on questions/answers but should always be viewed as 'less important' than the material they are attached to. In particular, they may be deleted where moderators deem this appropriate. In terms of 'Thanks' comments, they are not encouraged ...


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To be honest, I think we'd be better without boiler plate text blocks for this kind of thing, If a situation isn't worth writing a custom comment, it's probably not worth making a comment at all.


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Documentation & Definition of commands (La)TeX core Difference between optional and delimited arguments Are all commands with an optional argument fragile? [Are all commands with an optional argument fragile?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/497356) What is the difference between Fragile and Robust commands? [What is the difference between Fragile ...


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We don't follow the Thanks removal rule. It is a SO thing. Some of us approve Thanks removing edits. Some don't. I don't. Some notes for future reference and responding to a hypothetical SO user arriving here. I'm not bothered with Thanks word. It's a word. Why don't we get equally bothered by those voting arrows next to the question or those colorful ...


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Since other text blocks that we paste in sometimes have alternatives, perhaps both this one and the original one can be preserved, and people can use whichever one suits their degree of formality/hypocrisy.


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I don't consider this an issue, since people who see that message are already on this site. The suggestion is not "Go to TeX.SX" or "Visit TeX.SX". As an aside: For those posting Welcome to TeX.SX! verbatim as a comment, they could consider changing this to Welcome to TeX.SE! as the .SE suffix is more commonly used to represent the Stack Exchange ...


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The current highest-voted comment has a score of 208: You can run a SEDE query to see the top 100 highest-voted comments.


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This varies and depends on a number of circumstances. I'll reflect on a couple from personal experience: You're too slow to respond. The OP doesn't wait long enough for you to respond and asks a new follow-up question before you can get around smoothing out anything further to help. You forget. This happens, believe it or not. Some days/weeks are more ...


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You can see your comments on your activity tab: https://tex.stackexchange.com/users/28474/ppr?tab=activity&sort=comments - this is not as sophisticated as views on Qs and As, because you can only see them ordered from newest to oldest, but they should all be there.


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Yes, moderators can choose to see deleted comments and flag history (including 'handled' flags). So we can see the context of flags or later comments.


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Instead formulate your confusion that apparently made you uncomfortable into smaller pieces and throw it to our TikZ lions and PSTricks piranha (animals are in alphabetical order don't bother :P) In other words, instead of am I doing wrong? questions, convert them into why do I do this? shouldn't it be happening such and such etc. questions with ...


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This is already partly provided when rejecting a suggested edit: You are provided with a number of canned responses, including a custom message where you can "clearly explain why you are rejecting the edit": Here is an example of a rejected edit I made displaying a custom message*: The suggester of the edit can review their suggestions by clicking on the ...


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Yes it is possible for moderators to edit comments. In practice this is normally done only if the commenter requests it (as they've spotted an error but have missed the editing window) or where there is a typo that is clear and correctable. (Both cases are rare so I can't readily point to an example, though I know I've corrected things for people on occasion;...


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TikZ Difference between "right of=" and "right=of" in PGF/TikZ [Difference between "right of=" and "right=of" in PGF/TikZ](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/9386) Should \tikzset or \tikzstyle be used to define TikZ styles? [Should `\tikzset` or `\tikzstyle` be used to define TikZ styles?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/...


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There are two sets of comments: Those submitted by you and those submitted by others to you (are to posts that you made). The former is available under the Comments section of your Activity tab in your User profile, and found at the following URL (since it's user-specific): https://tex.stackexchange.com/users/<userid>?tab=activity&sort=comments ...


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According to the help on Markdown, StackExchange has programmed "[comments to] support only bold, italic, code and links; in addition, a few shorthand links [...]". Comments, in general, should be used only or limited interaction between posters and other contributors. As such, providing the same markdown capabilities has (most likely) been decided as not ...


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You can only link the two databases containing posts and comments using the SEDE. The following query lists questions on the main site, sorted by their last activity date (oldest to newest) with these attributes: No comment No answer Not closed Positive score select top 1000 p.id as [Post Link], p.lastactivitydate as [Last Active] from posts p left ...


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I hope people will forgive me if I use the freedom of the Meta group format to add a commentary that is too long for a comment. @AlanMunn's answer is one that I find extremely helpful for clarifying the culture of TeX.SE. The other answers are also very helpful. However, I think those who function as leaders in TeX.SE should consider the possibility that ...


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You did more than leave a comment. You also suggested an edit to that question back in Nov 2017 (just >1 year ago): and notice the "edit approved" status. It suggests your reputation back then was not high enough to make immediate edits. It also means when your edit was approved, you earned a 2 point bonus. Now that the question has been deleted by the "...


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I would add another option: Add another answer with the correct solution, explaining, with a practical example, why the previous answer could be dangerous. As for the previous answer, I'd just opt for 1 (ignoring is always the best policy). If the OP (asker) solves their problem with it, it is OK, it is very likely the OP is using it for their thesis, and ...


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For the conversion of a non-answer to a comment, flag the post for moderator attention and request a conversion. Note that 10K-users are able to view deleted posts and could flag them for conversion even then. The communication privilege that allows you to comment anywhere is reached at 50 reputation. For some, perhaps most, this is considered quite minimal ...


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I suggest yet another addition that tries to encourage accepting an answer in case of "Thank you/problem solved"-comments to the answer. The above building blocks only deal with "Thank you"-answers Good to hear that the answer helped you. If you are satisfied with the solution, please consider accepting it (by clicking on the checkmark ✓, see [How do you ...


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Table formatting My table doesn't fit; what are my options? [My table doesn't fit; what are my options?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/332902) Error with square bracket in table [Error with square bracket in table](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/34466) extrarowheight vs arraystretch [extrarowheight vs arraystretch](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/...


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I admittedly have no idea why this actually is the case, but my guess would be that the reasoning might have gone something like the following: commenting is perhaps more conducive to spam than is answering, and so we might want a user to demonstrate that they really intend to be part of the community before allowing them to comment wherever they please. Of ...


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The 'system' now deletes comments which it detects point to a dupe when a duplicate is marked: thus anything saying 'May be a dupe ...' or 'Dupe of ...' gets zapped. The logic is not fool-proof: if you have a longer more complex comment it will be missed, while comments pointing to alternatives to the dupe actually picked can get removed!


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Comments are intended to allow passing clarification, etc. on questions or answers. Quoting from the Help Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. They can be up-voted (but not down-voted) and flagged, but do not generate reputation. There's no revision history, and when they are deleted they're gone for good. Note the deleted ...


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