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Can something be done about unconstructive comments in star-trek-discovery questions?

You're not wrong. Certainly the bulk of these comments aren't especially "nice" and while they aren't directed at the users posting the questions, I can see how they might result in them feeling like ...
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Do I need to get the interest of all people here before I ask a question?

Don't worry about it. There's no question which will interest everyone. For that matter, there's no single sci-fi or fantasy franchise (not Harry Potter, not Star Wars, not Lord of the Rings) which ...
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What is the proper recourse for bubble-burster comments?

Should these types of comments be flagged, addressed, or merely ignored? If you feel that a comment is not constructive, flag it. If a comment does not relate to improving the question or one of the ...
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Can I comment on my own question asking people to vote more?

As I noted in my comment, my personal opinion is that it is tacky, though there is nothing prohibiting you from doing so (site policy, etc). However, while my initial reaction is that you were ...
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Who deletes comments? Is it the tooth fairy?

There are three ways that a comment can get deleted. A user can delete their own comment. A moderator can delete anyone's comments. Any user with at least 15 reputation can flag a comment, and enough ...
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Has the policy on comments changed?

It's not so much that the policy has changed, it's that certain users have been aggressively flagging comments lately. Some of the comments that were flagged on the linked question included: It ...
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Why can't I add a comment?

For commenting anywhere, you need 50 reputation points. (This equates to 5 upvotes on answers or questions, so you should be able to pick up those points fairly quickly if you have good content to ...
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Why was I asked to provide information already included in my question?

You weren't grilled harshly, you were asked to provide some basic information we generally ask of all story-identification requests. If you don't believe me, go through that tag and look at the ...
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Should I flag "Why all the Downvotes" comments as obsolete?

I think that all "Why the downvote?" comments are pointless and should be flagged and deleted. In general, I think those comments are not constructive because the meaning of a downvote is right there ...
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Why is it that people are persistent on critiquing a question in comments?

From the help centre page on commenting: You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post; ...
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What should we do about "funny" comments?

First off, the "too chatty" flag really sounds like it is meant for comments that have diverged into a side conversation. If anything, "joke" comments would fall under "Non-constructive", as they ...
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What is the proper recourse for bubble-burster comments?

Speaking as someone who periodically posts those sort of comments ... In Star Trek Beyond, how does terminal velocity help "jump start" the Franklin? "Because terrible writing" ...
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Did this light-hearted one-line comment (based on experience!) breach some rule of the site?

Questions about issues such as race and sexuality often attract some less-than-polite comments, and so moderators tend to be quite proactive about pruning comments on such questions. The last thing ...
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Can something be done about unconstructive comments in star-trek-discovery questions?

Our "Be Nice" policy (I guess now the Code of Conduct), does apply to "public figures" which would include the writers of the show. The correct course of action would be flag posts you think are do ...
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Where did all the comments go on this question about the Hulk and SHIELD?

Unfortunately, as much as that kind of information might be useful, it's not what comments are for. Comments are meant to help improve the question -- ask for clarification, make suggestions for edits,...
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Why this comment was appropriate?

I declined this flag. Others have linked to various SciFi Meta threads on this issue, and I will admit that many of them suggest that they should be flagged and deleted. I declined it in part because ...
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Do I need to get the interest of all people here before I ask a question?

TL;DR: No, you don't need to get the interest of all people. People who leave such comments are wrong, you're right. I don't understand why people bother not only reading, but leaving rude comments ...
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Is it a bug that when @'ing another user that callout is deleted from a comment?

This is by design. From the main meta FAQ How do comment @replies work?: Note that the author of the post will always be notified of any new comment. You may still use it for clarity, if needed; ...
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Why does this comment still remain?

For my money, you're conflating two entirely separate issues; Whether we should continue to be broadly tolerant of 'jokey' or humourous comments on posts in general Whether the use of 'effing' ...
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Flag a comment for containing a spoiler when OP requested no spoilers?

First let me point out that you can flag anything you want for any reason you want - that doesn't mean the flag will be marked helpful :-) Pedantry aside: Yes, this can certainly be a valid reason ...
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Why haven't any Diamond Moderator deleted big comments thread of top questions and answers?

The problem with keeping top comments around simply because they're top comments is because a lot of them are simply humorous or joking comments, or replies to previous comments. Taken without the ...
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Can I please get the deleted comments made on this question?

We don't resurrect comments unless there's a particularly compelling reason to do so, and "it was interesting" just isn't compelling.
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Can something be done about unconstructive comments in star-trek-discovery questions?

By their Stack Exchange definitions, comments are supposed to clarify the question, add more info, in short, be constructive. Amittedly we SFF folks do have more "joke" comments left around, about JKR ...
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What should we do about "funny" comments?

Here's my own answer to this question (to see what the community thinks). Similar to Keen's answer, I'm happy for old jokes to be deleted. But not recent ones - that's just killing fun which is part ...
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Should we encourage or discourage posting generic "welcome comments" to all new users

I think we should heavily discourage them. They don't serve any real purpose They can be very easily misread as a chastisement They're a bit creepy : "Who is this person and why are they messaging me?...
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How to post/link an image in a comment

I would follow the strategy laid out in this question. Create a new question or answer (but don't post it!) Use the interface provided to upload the image as if you were writing an actual post. Then ...
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