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Is a reference to Ken Rockwell in an answer more or less divisive and provocative than a divisive, provocative comment about Ken Rockwell?

If Ken Rockwell stating in a lens review that "an f/4.5 lens is slow" is provocative and divisive, what is the following comment¹ to an answer to this question? Apparently it was divisive and ...
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Should auto-generated "Possible duplicate" comments be deleted while close votes on a question are still pending?

I just came across something I've not noticed before. A question asked on July 28 (nine days ago as of now) has three active votes to "close as duplicate." Does time lapse of the sun damage the auto-...
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Criteria for determining if a post should be a comment or an answer

We have previously discussed that we don't want comments to be used for answers, but we also seem to not want under-developed answers either. This leads to a problem where we need a reasonably ...
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Should we encourage / allow comments with helpful advice to questions we know will be closed?

This is a followup to Short answers as comments — please resist the urge and to Removed comment. It is often the case that we get questions asking for camera shopping advice, or which are otherwise ...
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Hey moderators: worse or better to flag a whole chain of comments?

moderators. Recently, I've been flagging old, obsolete comment threads for cleanup. (You probably noticed.) I'm wondering, though, if it's easier for you if I just flag the top comment (or maybe even ...
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Please put your answers in the answers section, even if they're short

It's sometimes tempting to put short answers into the comments section of a question, rather than putting them as answers. Stack Exchange site guidance discourages this. Instead, please post answers ...
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A comment of mine seems to have disappeared

On a recently popular question I made a comment that pointed the ridiculous use of euphemisms in the question's heading and text rather than using a direct term. It was partly humorous but also ...
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Why are the most recent comments hidden?

When comments beneath questions and answers are displayed, only the first (earliest) five are shown by default, with the 'Show (n) more comments' link displaying the rest. It seems to me it would make ...
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do I get rep when someone upvotes my comments?

When people upvote my comments, am I supposed to gain reputation from that?
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Fix link formatting when automatically modify a trivial answer to a comment

When you answer a trivial answer (I'm not sure what qualify an answer to be trivial but I would guess that it depends on the words count), the answer is changed automatically to a comment, but if you ...
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Am I allowed to tell someone I upvoted them?

Can I tell someone I upvoted them? I completely know that we'll get booted if we try bribery, but can I just post a comment something like, "Great answer! I gave you an upvote for the time you ...
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