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If you click the "help" link next to a comment box, you'll get a popup with the following information: Comments use mini-Markdown formatting: [link](http://example.com) _italic_ **bold**`code`. The post author will always be notified of your comment. To also notify a previous commenter, mention their user name: @peter or @PeterSmith will both ...


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Multi-line comments aren't available, precisely to discourage the kind of comments you're trying to write. Comments on this site are only temporary. You can use them to ask the author of a post to clarify something, or to explain how they can improve their post. (This includes pointing out a completely wrong answer and explaining why it's wrong.) If someone ...


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There's no point flagging such comments. Flags are seen by moderators, not the comment author, and moderators don't have any special power to make comments into answers. I think it would be really useful to have a special kind of "this comment should be an answer" flag, which goes straight to the comment author, but we don't have such a thing. The only ...


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Disclaimer: I am not a SE developer, so this whole answer is based on my own experiences. From the official SEDE schema and Jeff Atwood's old response, comments are rendered into HTML from source when rendering the page. Consequently, the raw content of your comment is stored in the database, instead of any rendered HTML. This very well explains why the ...


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It does not say every five minutes. After five minutes have passed since you posted it, you cannot edit anymore.


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If it is just a copy-paste from a single comment, I usually do that and make it a Community Wiki. I fully agree with you, we should not adorn ourselves with borrowed plumes :) I however skip the Community Wiki part if I combine an answer from multiple comments while adding some more details (or point out connections/background). In that context, I don't ...


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In this case, the answer was converted to a comment by @MatthewRead


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Comments use the same mark down as answers. You can use this syntax for links: [link text](url)


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As stated some of your comments are good as answers in their own right. I'm only adding this as it is something I still do. I'm not sure if it's lack of confidence, or some of the HUGE answers to big questions I've read here. Don't forget answers are fluid things, you can always edit and amend them. People will comment on your answers, and you can always ...


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While Bryan Denny ♦ already cleared the mist here, I strictly recommend reading the question: Who are the diamond moderators, and what is their role?, and the very helpful answers there including this one which says: Diamond moderators are human exception handlers. The main function of diamond moderators is to follow up on flagged posts but they also ...


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Upon discussion of this topic, I have reviewed the policies in place, attempted to refine my 'answers'. Due to the help of the community I now have earned the privilege of adding comments. Upon reviewing my current answers, I found by adding more relevant information, whilst possibly just personal experience, I have been able to add weight to my answers.


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Well, the whole point of the shortcuts is to make typing [name of the site](http://link.to.the.site) faster and less wasteful of precious comment characters. If you just want a link to the meta site, pasting in https://android.meta.stackexchange.com/ does just fine. Gotta admit, I kinda like "our Meta site" as a less formal version of the text though.


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