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Anyone with 100 reputation can create a chat room. Note: Anyone can view a chat room; 20 reputation is required to talk in chat When should I create a new chat room? When you find yourself wanting to have an extended conversation about a topic that is not covered by one of the existing chat rooms, you should create a new room for it. How do I ...


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Adding a comment seems inappropriate, as the comment does not add anything significant. A comment inviting the author to include information in the question body can be helpful. If the suggested action is taken, the quality of the question is improved, the number of comments is reduced, and it can help new people learn how to use the Q & A format ...


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No Questions that are trivial enough to be answered in this way are too simple for dba.se and should be closed If it does warrant a full answer, posting the answer as a comment makes the solution less discoverable for future visitors. Answering a "poor" question in a comment encourages another poor question instead of improving the current one. After all, ...


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These two seem like pretty uncontroversial uses for a comment: a suggestion as to how to improve the question (include a query plan, table definition, whatever); some of the general troubleshooting questions I'd ask in the same scenario. You can avoid getting involved in a comment discussion by explicitly asking the post author to update their ...


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You can't do anything about the actual comments. Comments may get flagged, they may get deleted. In a way, all comments are eventually deleted. If the comments are useful though and helped you in your issue, you can write an answer based on them and include advice and links. You can also attribute the advice to the users. Regarding "I don't have much time" ...


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How can comments disappear? From the main Stack Exchange FAQ section How do comments work?: Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. You should not expect them to be around forever: Once a clarification has been made, an edit added to the post to include new information, or the issue in the comment is otherwise resolved, it is ...


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I don't mind seeing them as comments. They don't really add anything of future value to the posts, but they also don't distract much from the content. That being said I have no problem with them being removed I just don't see it as a high priority.


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Edit: Seeing as your question changed slightly I have modified my answer. Being around DBA.SE a while I would answer your questions as follows: A partial "guess" answer could can be appended as a comment to allow others to build upon the information provided by yourself. But then again, why not provide the partial answer as Community Wiki to allow the ...


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While they don't add value, I think it does add to the sense of community. Some of the folks who have answered my questions deserve steak dinners - while they will get my green answer check, I like that I can make sure they know they really helped out.


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If the questioner has added further information in a comment, it is already in his words, with his phrasing. Paste it into the question proper. Some sensitive edits to correct typos, say, or to help the narrative flow would be OK. For a new user, or if I'm uncertain I've properly captured the intention, I may leave a new comment explaining what's happened ...


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You are too diligent :) and so read too much of the formatting help. It starts with Comments support only bold, italic, code and links; in addition, a few shorthand links are available. Under this section, there is a hint: the above section is quoted for convenience from the full editing help, below. One gets this part on the top when coming from the ...


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Change it to "suggest improvements" on answers and "ask for clarification" on questions because...


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I wasn't intending this to be a self answer, but it is. Upon posting I noticed I had a further notification for a Badge at 50 reputation allowing me to comment everywhere. Does feel a bit of a flawed situation when people like me get into a position of needing to ask for more background information but can't comment to a question. Oh well.


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It looks like the room was automatically judged "not worth retaining" by the system: Rooms will exist indefinitely, so long as there is at least one person actively talking in the room. A room is considered worth retaining if it has more than 15 messages by at least 2 users. Rooms not worth retaining which are inactive for 7 days will be deleted. ...


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I tried to capture most of that content in a community wiki answer to the question, and I'm not sure the chat adds that much in this case. On reflection, you're right: That chat doesn't add much value, so I'll delete my comment linking to the resurrected chat room. The 404 is definitely undesirable - is there a way to make a chat be persistent, and not ...


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I agree with what Paul White said and I understand where you are coming from as well. In the short time that I've been here I've also noticed some of my comments being deleted. After I first noticed a comment was deleted I thought "WTF?" As I thought about it over the next couple of hours the more realized this is good housekeeping. Looking back at those ...


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This is by design. Until you have 50 reputation, you can only comment on your own posts. Seems backward to me, where you can post an answer with 1 rep but have to wait for 50 to comment. Not like it's all that hard to reach 50 anyway. This has been discussed on meta quite a bit, and it seems this is the way it will stay, based on the most prolific post that ...


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In addition to Nick's links, here you go How did I get there? Jcolebrand has one way in his comment. However, it's also the yellow question mark above the question or answer edit box. Hover over it and it says 'markdown editing help'


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Surround the link text with square brackets, and put the link itself in parenthesis immediate after, like this: [ link text here ]( URL here, starting with http:// ) Summary of formatting in comments is here and here.


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Debugging If you open up the Developer Console (F12) in Chrome and switch to the sources tab, you will find that some portions of the sites you are visiting are being serviced from different domains on the internet. Sample dba.meta.stackexchange.com Here is a sample output of what the dba.meta.stackexchange.com site looks like source-wise: Sample ...


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To me, there are 2 issues here: Comments that contain only "Thanks!" or "You're Welcome!" Comments/questions that begin or end with the above. I fully understand that #1 is mostly just a waste of space, although with a complete lack of ability to PM someone, it may be the best way to communicate appreciation. It really bugs me, however, when I get a ...


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Change it to “suggest improvements or ask for clarification” for answers and “ask for clarification” for questions because... Someone may like to “ask for clarification” with respect to answers as well. Regarding questions, the “suggest improvements” point would suggest something close to the “edit” option, through which a user can actually “make the ...


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Leave it as "add a comment" because... ...The drawback on changing from add a comment to anything else is the question from @RDFozz regarding Commenting on questions you don't intend to answer (slightly). You might not be asking for clarification, but adding a tidbit of information on what you think might be a solution. This happens before there is an ...


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