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

These kinds of comments are bad to have around and should be removed. Faction warring is bad for any community and this is a form of it. For any particular piece of media, those engaged in it and ...
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Why is calling questions "worthless" acceptable on this site?

Per Websters; Worthless: Having no real value or use. If you think that a question or an answer has no real value or use, then saying so is entirely fair comment. It's possibly a little blunt and ...
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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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Are joke comments not wanted?

Nine comment flags were raised on that question last night. I went through the comments this morning and deleted a bunch of them which were straying into extended only-tangentially-relevant discussion ...
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Do negative comments towards a work follow our guidelines?

I would argue for a light touch. On the one hand comments are less important - and more ephemeral - than answers and receive less protection; but on the other hand we keep relatively low-value answers ...
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Make it so that comments with "thanks" or similar words aren't automatically deleted

No. Be careful when flagging instead. We know that story-id questions are often not accepted formally, and "thanks it's that" comments are our only trace of acceptance. It's the ...
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Can the Community user comment suggesting adding code/documentation be updated to fit SFF?

The standard comment has been updated and is now more generic: As it’s currently written, your answer is unclear. Please edit to add additional details that will help others understand how this ...
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Should I flag "Why all the Downvotes" comments as obsolete?

Sometimes. You're right that often there's no longer any point to such comments, and they should be deleted as no longer relevant. But remember: the reason for such comments is usually because the OP ...
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Should a comment referenced from wiki be posted as an answer?

"Should"? 100% up to you. If you don't want to post the comment as an answer (you don't feel confident of its quality, or your Seer said you shouldn't post answers on odd Thursdays, or you expect ...
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How can I find the most upvoted comment(s) on a site?

This pretty-printed StackExchange API query will show you those comments on Science Fiction SE. Follow the link, then submit the query with the "Run" button under the "Try It" heading. (This ...
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