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The “delete” option has disappeared for me in comments

Something odd has happened for me recently: The "delete" option on comments has, with sporadic exceptions, disappeared for me, as has the edit option. I'm also for the most part no longer seeing ...
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“This doesn't answer my question” - hostility from asker

A couple of minutes ago I posted an answer to this question regarding the existence and calculation of $1/\pi$. I gave an algebraic answer appealing to the axioms of a field, while other askers used ...
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could WDYT? acronym be listed as common acronym?

Very often I notice that homework questions are accompanied by a very low OP effort in trying to figure out by him/herself what the possible answer might be. When I see such questions (which usually ...
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Allow an anonymous comment when voting

The problem: When up/downvoting a post (particularly for downvoting), it is often useful to leave a comment explaining why you are doing this so that the post can be improved, or so that the poster ...
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Is it okay to comment on others' answers for asking for explanation?

I often find myself waiting on the homepage of math.stackexchange.com, searching if there's a question I can answer. However, if I find a question (not posted by me), which is interesting for me, then ...
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Strange behaviour of MathJax in comments [duplicate]

It happened to me a couple of times to see MathJax code not properly rendered in a comment. All occurrences I remember of were caused by a Control Sequence being cut off too soon, as the ...
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Upvoting comments as equivalent of Facebook “like”: bad form?

Every now and then, I find comments which I like. Were I on facebook, I would put a like. Here on SX, "like" is not an available feature. The closest I can think of is upvoting. Sometimes I do, ...
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On mutual tactical serial upvotes and unconstructive comments

I notice that there is a group of users on this site who like to leave unconstructive comments on each other's posts. For example, A writes "Great answer, +1" on B's posts and B writes "Short and ...
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Is it bad form to answer a question using someone else's previous comment(s)?

I am sifting through some of the "Unanswered" and "No Answers" list, and — like so many before me — am finding that many of the questions have apparently been answered to the OP's satisfaction in ...
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Should we do something about old comments mentioning (homework) tag?

Not so long ago, the homework tag was blacklisted. However, we still have many comments on old questions containing some information about (homework) tag. This information is now obsolete. It is ...
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He has not enough reputation to comment and made a new question, how to proceed?

This question asks for an clarification of an answer of mine here. Do I post an answer to his new question, or do I post a comment in my answer and flag his new question? Remark: He did it, because ...
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How to mention someone in comments if his\her name doesn't appear after typing its first letters?

Suppose there is a question of a member $A$. I want to mention this member $A$(so it appears in the comment as "@A"). sometimes,when I type the first letters of name "$A$", The name appears in a ...
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How to proceed after question was answered in comments?

I asked a question and a user posted a comment of the form 'did you try ...'. This did indeed work and I consider the question answered. I wrote another comment on my question confirming that this ...
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How to go to the next line in comments?

When I write a comment, I don't know how to go to the next line because if I press Enter button It will submit the comment.
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Is it possible to insert an image in comments? if the answer is “yes”, then how?

Is it possible to insert an image in comments? if the answer is "yes", then how?
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Broken comment is un-editable and un-deletable [duplicate]

I added a comment to a question with broken MathJax tagging, and it is causing all comments to be formatted horribly and putting the "Edit" and delete buttons under the links on the right side of the ...
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Looking for template which says something like “the way of saying thank you is upvoting or accepting an answer”

I saw a question here on Meta with several templates but not the one I need. I remember seeing sometime ago a template that read more or less like: "the way of saying thank you here is upvoting or ...
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Comment notifications by edit?

When starting a comment with @Username, the referred user gets a notification message (red flag in his postbox). 1) If not starting a comment with @Username, and subsequently editing it with ...
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Add a magic link to /help/notation page

Comments support magic links like [help] for Help Center, or [ask] for How to Ask. Moreover, four Help Center pages have their ...
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Question on users that don't accept answers.

I've seen on several occasion that it is not considered wrong to ask a user if he/she could please accept an answer. For instance it is discussed here. My question is slightly though significantly ...
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Comments of the form 'Please look at my question'

Some users (usually new ones) will see an answer to a question similar to one that they have recently asked, then leave a comment along the lines of 'Please look at my question . . .' Are such ...
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Questions that have been answered in comments [duplicate]

I have noticed an abundance of questions on the main site that have no answers, but have been answered in comments, often "accepted" with a comment such as "Thanks a lot!". Such questions bog down the ...
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can we remove the enter working as submit in comments? [duplicate]

Aan we change the working of the enter key when busy writing a comment At the moment it works like clicking the "add comment" button, and I rather would not like that functionality.
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automatic comment help

I was reading a question on aviation.stackexchange that had a number of comments. When I clicked on add/show comments to read the rest a small help window came up on the miniformatting in the comment ...
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Answers which should be comments

Today in the review queue I stumbled across an "answer" by a new user (1rep) which should be a comment. However, I was asked if it should be "deleted" or not. But it shouldn't be deleted - it should ...
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Should I flag comments, where long MathJax breaks page layout?

There were several posts mentioning that for various reason (mistake in the LaTeX-code, automatically inserted space) MathJax can break page layout: Formatting bug: long mathjax or code blocks break ...
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Why are the vote counts for comments colored sometimes?

Pardon me if this is a silly question, but I have noticed that the little number displaying the number of votes on each comment is sometimes colored. I'm guessing the color is based on the number of ...
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Formatting bug: long mathjax or code blocks break entire post or page

Long, broken MathJax expressions seem to break the formatting of all comments on a post, causing them to spill to far over to the right. In addition to making the comments hard to read, it can make ...
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Voting comments not working

In this post I tried to vote up one of the comments, but it did not show the normal triangle and flag icons when I moused over it. Is this a bug, or am I missing something? Edit: It seems as if it is ...
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Bug in rendering math in comments [duplicate]

I recently left a comment here containing the equation $$\sigma(i_1\;i_2\;\cdots\;i_n)\sigma^{-1}=(\sigma(i_1)\;\sigma(i_2)\;\cdots\;\sigma(i_n))$$ but the last $\sigma$ is broken, displaying instead ...
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Accepting comments as answers

Sometimes a comment will suffice to answer a person's question. This may be because they are only missing one small step in the argument, or because they can be pointed to a resource that answers ...
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What did you try?

Is it a good question to ask people what did they try? Where did they get stuck? Someone asks a question and someone else asks him/her what did you try? If the one who will answer sees that the one ...
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Converting comment to answer

Is this done by just writing the answer and deleting the comment? Can you delete a comment that has been there for a while? (I ask this because I think you can't edit a comment after a few ...
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People putting $\$\{\}\{\}\{\}\{\}\{\}\$$ at the end of their comments?

I have noticed some people putting something like $\$\{\}\{\}\{\}\$$ at the end of their comments (for example, André Nicolas' comment here). I can see the curly braces fast enough because MathJax ...
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Deleting a post

Today I encountered a person writing his comment as an answer as because he only have 35 bounties. So is there anyway by which you can delete such kind of answers OR any other user who is capable of ...
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Technical problem: Suddenly I cannot leave comments

When I click on "leave a comment", even on my own questions, I get sent to the the top of the page/post. I also can't seem to leave additional answers. Any idea what is going on? I don't think I ...
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How to do new line in comments [duplicate]

Take a look at this answer and you'll notice that in the comments on that answer, he provided mathematical expressions on a new line. Is that just because there was not enough space left on the line, ...
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Lower bound on comments

I wish the comments didn't have a lower bound for characters.Many times all I want to say is "yes". Can someone explain me what is the purpose of this l.b.?
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Misplaced hyphen and period appearing at the end of comments

There seems to a small issue with rendering latex maths formulas in the comments area. When entering a formula that spans more than one line, a '. -' appears after the first line. It clearly should ...
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What kind of comments are “not-constructive”?

I flagged some comments 3 of which got declined. 1.Trouble solving $\int\sqrt{1-x^2} \, dx$ This says only Thankyou. 2.Baricenter of $4$ intersection points of parabola with circle lies on axis of ...
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comment / answer dilemma from the commentator point of view

My question is related to What should one do when one's question has been answered in the comments? but asked from the commenter point of view. If you are the user who left the comment and there ...
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Comments and \require{AMScd}…

When I type the following code in a comment: ...
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Should we really have a reputation requirement for commenting?

It's been my experience that this is damaging to the functionality of the site. Example. Say there are two answers to a question. The answerer pertaining to one of them misses something subtle but ...
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How to browse or search comments?

SE is already very good in keeping each individual user's record on their questions raised and their answers posted. I am wondering is it also possible to keep track of their comments made too? Then ...
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What Do We Do About Comment-Answered Questions?

There is a number of 'unanswered' questions which are not going to generate any further discussion because they have been answered succinctly in the comments. This is irritating when browsing the list ...
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Where can I view my comment scores?

I was recently looking through my comments, and noted that I can't actually view them in ordering of their score (number of comment upvotes). This seems unfortunate to me, because I'd like to know ...
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How can I move from comment to chat?

When I need to discussion to some one about the problem in a detailed way, It seems better to do it in a chat-room instead of comments. But what is the usual way to do this.(I do this once some weeks ...
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What comments are migrated with a question?

Some few minutes ago, a question was migrated from MathOverflow. I left a comment on the original question that suggested that the question wasn't suitable for MathOverflow, and while it is suitable ...
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Hide comments section [duplicate]

I want to bring up this discussion again with a possible solution, since nothing has happenend since July. If a 'hide comments'-button is not available, it would be pretty nice to have the answer box ...
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Comment flags are anonymous

Just in case you are not aware: to help prevent abuse by moderators, the system is designed so that certain flags are anonymous. In particular, with the current flagging system (rumour has it that SE ...