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Are thanks-only comments appropriate at this SE site?

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 ...
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"Welcome to TeX.SX!" might be misleading as such a website doesn't exist

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!...
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What is the highest voted comment on TeX.SE?

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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Is it possible for moderators to edit my comments?

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 ...
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12 votes
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Search questions without comments

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 ...
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How can one lose reputation by posting a comment?

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 ...
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Is there a way to give anonymous feedback without flagging?

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 ...
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Often referenced questions

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 ...
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Why topics and comments disappear from a post?

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 (...
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Edit to comment template?

Here are some points to consider: This template forms part of the Low Quality/LQ review queue "delete" reasons: As such, it's a canned response and should cover a whole host of possible "non-answer ...
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Text building blocks

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 ...
9 votes

Often referenced questions

Indexing and Glossaries Generating External Files (Running makeindex/xindy): Index not created in pdf output, even though idx file is present [Index not created in pdf output, even though idx file ...
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How do I respond to a response?

To simply put this into an answer: You should use the comment feature to respond to users or to ask for clarification. You can always comment on your own questions and answers. Once you earn 50 ...
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9 votes

Commenting on the use of online editors

No since, as you say, there is a place for online editors, especially when local installations are not possible or collaboration is needed. Try to make sure that the question is specific to the ...
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Is there a way to give anonymous feedback without flagging?

My main advice would be: Do what you think is right (comment, edit, answer, etc.), and just ignore the downvotes (they cost almost no rep) and other "interesting reactions" you observed. Unless they ...
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Text building blocks

It might be useful to have a short comment explaining why users should not ignore error messages, I propose as first draft the following text -- please feel free to edit Please never ever ignore ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

We've had a few comments on that particular answer. Issues about 'legal' stuff are best handled by flagging rather than voting (a downvote indicates the answer is wrong on a technical level, rather ...
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Is there a way to give anonymous feedback without flagging?

I don't think that an anonymous comment option would work. If I added a comment "you will get problems with hyperref with this code" anonymously I would probably had to add some proofs and ...
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Improve experience for new users with helpful comments

Two suggestions here: We already have a method for converting answers into comments - flagging a post for moderator attention. Don't let the review queues define your actions. Go to the post and flag ...
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7 votes

Enable Ctrl+K shortcut in comments for inline code

This is something that has been (feature) requested back in 2011 on Meta.SE: Formatting Keyboard Shortcuts for Comments and is truly something that will have to be implemented network-wide. The only ...
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7 votes

Often referenced questions

Classes General Why should the minimal class be avoided? [Why should the minimal class be avoided?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/42114) Class options The article class ignores 14pt [The article ...
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Comment on deleting/deleted answers

The answer seems to be "yes, but..." based on Can I get more information on an inbox notification for a comment on a deleted answer?. The notification will persist, but you'll only get to see as much ...
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Is underlining the reputation of a just-do-it-for-me asker inappropriate?

That comment was flagged as offensive and to be deleted. As that comment with the (non-) question was not on the topic but kind of caustically lecturing the OP, it was agreed to delete. Replacing a "...
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When is a question upvoted?

I talk for myself; others may have different opinions. I don't upvote just-do-it-for-me questions, but if they have good answers, I upvote the answers. I don't upvote unclear questions, but if ...
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How to type keyboard keys in comments

Comments provide only a limited amount of markdown formatting, including italic, bold, code (via single/double backticks), magic/shorthand links (for sites [tex.se] or tag [tag:tag] or...), regular ...
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6 votes

Often referenced questions

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Text building blocks

I have a suggestion in case of a question too early put in the Close Votes list: To the close-voters: wait a few days before closing: http://i.stack.imgur.com/KSSY4.png. Let's give the OP time to ...
6 votes

Often referenced questions

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"Just do it for me" text building block

Here is a version of this comment, which I recently made use of: Welcome to TeX.SE! This site works best as a helping hand, for when you get stuck with something. So questions like this, that look ...
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