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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:

  1. it's largely effortless ["your answer is somewhere among this huge text you probably can't read"],
  2. copyright/plagiarism issues,
  3. comments are thought of as "temporary" (see below),
  4. comments are not editable, nor downvote-able,
  5. they may answer the question in the comments,
  6. 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:

This really is an obstructive misuse of comments. I'm not sure why these are left unmoderated.

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  • Those kinds of comments seem to come from one user. – fefe Jan 8 '20 at 10:12
  • For the sake of not starting a series of comments not relevant to the question, I think moderators have generally ignored that user's comments. That user tended to ask a series of why is my other comment with X upvotes not deleted, but this one was deleted? Someone clearly found it helpful as indicated by the number of upvotes, the moderator shouldn't have deleted them, I think that moderator has something against me, which are very difficult to deal with. – dROOOze Jan 8 '20 at 13:36
  • Maybe this is of interest: chinese.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1587/4136 – Mou某 Jan 23 '20 at 10:37
  • Thanks; I added an answer there. But I still don't know what I should do when I see this happening. I flagged this one recently, but the comments are still full of noise. – Becky 李蓓 Jan 24 '20 at 2:04
  • @Becky李蓓 Yeah, just flag them for now, they'll show up in the normal review queue if not in our mod review queue. I didn't see any flags show up for the comments in the question you linked above, but I just purged all the comments now. If you really need help with clearing up something you can contact one of us mods. – Mou某 Jan 24 '20 at 11:46

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