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Vote up this answer if you think the instrument of moving a comment thread to chat should be used along the lines of Todd Trimble's comment -- i.e. only if a discussion in comments goes off-topic or becomes contentious. (Vote down if you don't think so, and leave alone if you don't care.)


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This would not be a first, see arXiv:1909.00177 The citation (which I think follows the best practice) is [6] Fedja, Communication on the MathOverflow website (2018), available online at https://mathoverflow.net/questions/125861


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Ironically, this question has been answered in the comments by Tobias Kildetoft. If you see a question which has been answered in comments you can make a CW answer which incorporates that comment. You can also add some additions of your own, and if your additions are sufficiently substantial then it's ok to make it not CW. In addition to what Tobias said, ...


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The citation (which I think follows the best practice) Indeed, that was a good way to handle it :-) The priority here is, as I said many times, to give the due credit to MO and similar sites that facilitate the free and efficient exchange of ideas whenever possible. As to myself, my name is neither really famous, nor totally unknown, so I'm neither hiding ...


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Too few users bother upvoting comments for this to make sense as a policy. In general, only very problematic or absolutely useless comments should be deleted on MathOverflow. In order for MathOverflow to have lasting academic value, the MathOverflow community should strive to maintain as accurate an historical record as possible. A perfect historical record ...


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The comment vote rate limitation should be changed to 10 comments per minute. Vote up if you support this alternative, and vote down if you are against.


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I saw this just after posting a comment on a question that could be considered a partial answer, but I left it as a comment for two reasons: I am not sure it constitutes an answer since it does not address one aspect of the question (enriched categories), and Ivan asked for help understanding cutting edge techniques which I'm not sure Jacobs addresses. I ...


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Max G.: that's a good question. I think in many cases the decision is based not on policies or guidelines, but an inner sense that the answer (and thus the question itself) is too easy and that the commenter is reticent, either about the quality of the question and whether it deserves to be answered or even open, or about acquiring points in such a cheap and ...


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I don't think MO should change any policies just because we're part of a network now. Yes, we are going to get a handful of edits, flags, and otherwise suggestions from SE users which have little to no clue about MO and its community, but that shouldn't really bother anyone. MO worked out just fine, and even better than fine, and it should keep up its ...


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It's perfectly okay to do this, Praphulla. Usually that would be seen as a service to the community.


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I think one thing that sometimes causes me to answer in a comment is if I suspect that the question, as stated, is not the one the asker meant to ask, and that seeing the answer to the question-as-stated may cause them to edit the question so that it asks something different. I don't like it when I post an answer to a question but then the question gets ...


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No, there is no way to change this behaviour through the current interface. Note from the blog post François linked to that long ago no comments were shown until a link was clicked. There are a number of 'features' of the Stack Exchange platform that discourage comments (or at least lengthy interchanges in the comments), and generally I think this is a good ...


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There's a meta stackexchange thread on this topic, here: Cancelling upvote on comment?. In brief, you can change your mind -- "upvoting" again undoes the upvote -- provided that you do it quickly (within 60 seconds) and without navigating away from the page. Otherwise, no, you can't take it back as far as I'm aware. It would be nice to not have to decide ...


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The related question on Meta.SE popped up today and I looked into this to see if I could figure it out. Looks like the misspelling of "Lipschitz" lead to a word that triggers single-flag deletion appearing in the comment, which was why the no longer needed flag immediately deleted this comment. For completeness, my answer on Meta.SE: In this case, ...


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I think that this is part of the network-wide changes. We can't control them, and they are applied uniformly across the SE network. The thing is that on sites like StackOverflow, and on many other sites in the network, the community norms and etiquette can be very very very very different from the ones here (and on math.SE, for that matter). It's good to ...


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My feeling is that one should not give answers (or hints) to questions that are not appropriate for MO, even in the comments. Doing so encourages people to post inappropriate questions in the hope that they'll get an answer even though the question is closed.


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Update: I moved all of the comments that were not deleted by commenters to chat. Your comment is restored there. Older answer: I'll start by mentioning some context for the benefit of people who haven't read the question. Martin Hairer (chair of the ICM programme committee) asked a question about proposed topics for an ICM special lecture. David's answer ...


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That comment was deleted by the user, presumably for a legitimate reason. What you're seeing is a remnant of the notification when the comment was posted.


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You always have the option of entering a new edited comment and deleting the old one, which has almost the same effect as what you're hoping to do. (That's what I used to do back when it was not possible to edit comments at all.)


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I think the remark you want is on page 361 of the Princeton Companion to Mathematics. Edit in response to a comment - the paragraph in question follows: The ABC conjecture has many other marvelous consequences; for a delightful survey, see Granville and Tucker (2002). In fact the ABC conjecture and its generalizations can be used to prove so many ...


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The built-in search only searches in posts (questions and answers), so you will not find comments using that. One method which is reasonable is using Google with restricting to this site. For example: proportionality site:mathoverflow.net. This searches both in posts and in comments. Another reasonable possibility is to use data explorer. You can create ...


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I find this proposal completely unreasonable: "the questioner should have the right to petition the mods for a reversal of the vote." For one, think of the amount of workload this would add for the moderators. Moreover, moderator might not be an expert in the area of the question. I think it is optimal if much more moderating is done by community than by ...


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No. The best you can do is what you just did after Michael's suggestion: comment to ask the user to post it as an answer if you would like to award the bounty.


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