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Should comments that attempt to answer the question be removed (redux)?

OK, since no one else is offering an opinion: Yes, comments on a question that reveal or spoil the solution should be removed. If you want to answer the question, you can do so in an answer. Comments ...
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How do we deal with coded comments?

All "coded comments" that you refer to are rot13ed. All of them. There are no other codes used; that would be pointless since the comments would then be difficult to decode. The point of rot13ing ...
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Garbled Comment Text

Common courtesy when you can't spoiler things easily is to use rot13, a cipher that shifts every letter forward 13 places: A and N switch, B and O switch, C and P switch... all the way up to M and Z. ...
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How do we deal with coded comments?

Pros: Prevents accidental spoilers to people scrolling past comments Cons: Not intuitive (as seen by this meta post) More time/effort required to read comments More time/effort required to post ...
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Why were my comment flags declined?

I can't speak for the person who declined these flags, but I don't think I would have been particularly inclined to delete most of them either. A comment of "+1 good job" or "Thanks!" ...
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Where to put puzzle feedback?

In order to promote an environment of expertise, we need feedback answers. First, this includes those members of our community that dislike the "puzzle challenge" format and are upset that it seems ...
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Comments deleted without explanation

As per meta.SE: Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. You should not expect them to be around forever: Due to this transient nature of comments, and due to the fact ...
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Where to put puzzle feedback?

I really appreciated the feedback on the example question. To me that was more useful than the actual answer to the puzzle - since I already knew that! :) I'd be very glad to have feedback as either ...
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"Seeding" the Comments with Hints

I think that if the OP intentionally drops some information in the comments or in a chat, he/she should edit the question and add it there too (or allow somebody else to do). Otherwise it would be ...
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What can I do in this pressuring situation?

It seems that this particular situation has bothered you somewhat. If I understand it, you want to explain your side (including your reason for the accepted answer) clearly. You can do this in ...
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Should comments that spoil a puzzle be flagged for mod attention?

There is no hard-and-fast rule about this, but people generally try to keep spoilers out of the comments, especially on a question (on an answer, I think it's fair to assume that if you're reading the ...
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Is it a good idea to be able to hide my spoiling comment using `>!`?

Would it bring value to us, probably. Would it bring value to enough other Stacks to make it worth giving priority, maybe but probably not. Would it happen, doubtful - the list of feature requests to ...
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Should we delete comments that attempt to answer the question?

In general I'm strongly against moderators deleting comments unless they're actually offensive or spam. And there's a big grey area here: attempted-solution comments vary hugely, from wild guesses ...
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Should we delete comments that attempt to answer the question?

I just thought of another point, important enough to deserve an answer to itself. Solving puzzles is often a joint effort. Often one person comes up with an idea which is helpful to answer the ...
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Using ROT13 in comments

I both use ROT13 in my own comments AND find myself agreeing with you. It does make the comments section look a bit of a mess and could be off-putting to first-time visitors to the site. I suppose we ...
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Where to put puzzle feedback?

Questions about puzzle creation are on topic, so how about asking your own question about the question in question? Then you can add your critiques as an answer. This carries all the normalization ...
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Using ROT13 in comments

I think this site should have a policy of not using rot13 in comments, or similar methods of obfuscation. In fact it already does, it's just not really enforced. There are two kinds of comments -- ...
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Do we want extended spoiler functionality?

While this may be OT, it would be really useful to include additional formatting help for spoilers. For instance, how do I add a block quote as spoiler text? Why I should only use in a spoiler text ...
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Using ROT13 in comments

As the one who made the answer, I can agree that this is an issue. Unfortunately, I don't have a perfect solution to this, but I can offer my thoughts and suggestions. I was a bit confused as to all ...
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