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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 answers". By adding this to the response, you have to ask yourself the question: "Is it really necessary to convert all non-answers into comments?" The idea ...


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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 reputation, you can comment on anybody's post. If you want to mention a user in your comment you ping him with @user, but substitute user for his name. So if you ...


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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 online environment, rather than just some regular problem that is being typeset online. Questioners frequently tag posts with sharelatex or overleaf and include that ...


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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 get abusive. If the other user becomes abusive, report that behavior to the moderators. I'm not sure, but I think massive targeted downvoting of a single user's ...


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