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Good question. I probably do it more than others. I guess I'd like to know how that's perceived by the community. For reference, one of the reasons I became more active in doing this was as a reaction to this post: Why not have new members go through a general introduction page?. I generally tend to do this while reviewing the First Posts queue that'...


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This is a question an answer site, not a discussion forum. A large portion of folks arriving at this site off the Internet are expecting a discussion forum and this is a major attitude adjustment they have to get over to use the site effectively. The 50 rep barrier is to make sure that people get off on the right foot and realize right away that the focus ...


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I can't really speak for C.SE, but in general, the welcome is just being polite, the real point of the comment is to say "You are doing something wrong, visit that tour that you ignored when we tried to show it to you before because you are not doing it right." On the sites I'm either a moderator or a more active poster on, I'm almost always only saying ...


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I don't think it hurts to leave the welcome messages. They indicate that the user was new here at the time. It's not as though we're posting new welcome messages to users who have been here for two or three years actively asking and answering questions. These welcome messages also give a general friendly feel to the site when people are browsing through ...


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Unlike the voting system (which is anonymous and mainly useful as a signal to other site visitors) the comment system is a feedback mechanism that can help the post author make a better post. Comments… should suggest some action in response to the feedback. Don’t leave people hanging, give them something to do that can make your comment obsoleted. ✗ ...


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At the moment, I'm speaking only for myself, but I believe this is true of the other mods too. In general, it doesn't matter. Usually, I look at the whole comment chain, and if there are other comments worthy of deletion, then we'll delete those too. This goes for unconstructive and chatty comments too.


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I noticed this a couple weeks ago and flagged one or two of the comments as being excessive noise. If you notice someone posting a bunch of the same "why didn't you vote" comments, you can flag one of comments for moderator attention. The thing is, voting is good (which is why I do it so much), but comments about it are a distraction. If someone's going ...


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They're not tags, they mean In Other Words, and Too Long Didn't Read (used to introduce a summary.) These abbreviations are easy to look up on the internet you know :)


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We're giving them the solution they need: find a local church and begin a relationship with them. If they need help with that, we can help, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone who asked one of these questions ask us for help with that. Because the reality is that most people who come here to ask pastoral advice questions already have some relationship ...


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Not to be too obvious, but it's for when a comment is no longer needed, typically because the question or answer was edited. For example, an answer that originally cited no references, if someone commented pointing this out, and the post was edited to fix, the comment would then be obsolete. The same might go for a question that was off-topic. Someone ...


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I use it for anything that's been taken care of with an edit. I don't flag obsolete comments very often but when I have I think they've all been accepted. Got any specific examples of what was declined?


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I recently came to this site from RPG.SE. This site allows WAY more comment discussion than that one does, and is much kinder about comment cleanup. What I see as the results of this are: People are more relaxed New users are much more likely to visit the help center and much less likely to rage-implode after their question is closed and they decide the '...


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There's some relevant advice on Meta.SE: Should "Welcome to [site]" (and nothing else) comments be flagged? All the answers to that question are upvoted and advice ranges from It depends on the site Yes, flag and delete them There's no problem with them That question doesn't necessarily involve old "welcome" comments, though. When should I ...


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You're being thrown off by the fact that the comments are prioritized. If it runs out of room to show all the comments, the system tries to keep a couple of the most highly voted comments. In many cases that means that the comments that get hidden are not the latest comments, they might be interspersed in the rest. Since the last comment in that set is ...


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