Some questions (like this one) end up with comments which appear to have been copy/pasted from somewhere, and I'd guess from a dictionary.
While these users are trying to help, I see multiple problems with this:
- it's largely effortless ["your answer is somewhere among this huge text you probably can't read"],
- copyright/plagiarism issues,
- comments are thought of as "temporary" (see below),
- comments are not editable, nor downvote-able,
- they may answer the question in the comments,
- it can look like a total mess, sometimes requiring multiple comments,
What should we do in these circumstances?
Question: Likely copy/pasting a dictionary in the comments: how should we respond?
Comments are often described as "second-class citizens" on Stack Exchange:
Comments are second class citizens on the Stack Exchange network, not designed to hold information for all eternity
Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead?
The help page explains what comments are for:
Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. They can be upvoted (but not downvoted) and flagged, but do not generate reputation. There's no revision history, and when they are deleted they're gone for good.
I haven't searched exhaustively, but it's not hard to find many, many examples:
Obstructive amounts of text What is the difference between 本来 and 原来?
Three comments in a row here: What's the difference between "现在几点？“ and "现在几点了？” and Difference between 不得不， 不免 and 必然?
Four comments in a row here: what is the difference between 條 and 匹? and What is the difference in usage between the pairs 依然/仍然 and 依旧/仍旧?
And the OP even complained:
I was interested in 然 and 旧. Please don't spam
Maria Efremova, 2017
Here How to use 者 as "... one who is ..."? the author was told
If you have questions or suggestions about how the community treats comments, please post a question on the meta site.
Don Kirkby ♦
This was subsequently ignored with arguing in the comments here: Why is it 出差去 and not 去出差?
This really is an obstructive misuse of comments. I'm not sure why these are left unmoderated.