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Posting comments that don't offer any value simply for the badge definitely isn't a good idea (and I'm sure you're not too surprised by that!). Although the system has no way to tell whether your comment is constructive or spam, you would hypothetically be awarded the badge... but once other users notice comments like that, it's likely that they'd be ...


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Thanks for bringing this up. As it turns out I declined one of those flags a while ago... Let me clarify my reasoning behind this and come to an understanding why that reasoning breaks apart upon discussing it: personally I tend to read "not constructive" with a strong negative connoation (just like the MSE questions you've linked states), as in "mean-...


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it's not really something to be worried about, the purpose of using @username is so your message appears in their inbox. This answer on Meta StackExchange covers the topic really well. But to answer your question spaces are automatically taken out of the username when you use @username to mention someone in a comment. From the Meta post: Spaces are ...


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In addition to Aurora's great answer, I'll add the moderator perspective. Do not spam the site. It creates more work for the moderators and that makes us grumpy. You don't want us to be grumpy ;-)


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There's nothing rude about doing something for reputation except cheating, which is probably not all that worthwhile since you can't redeem those points for anything else anyway. The whole point of reputation is to indicate and enable people who are doing positive things for the community, which is where the votes come from. I'm very guilty of posting what ...


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I believe I declined one of those flags, and I would probably decline either of them most of the time -- which yes, implies there is some inconsistency in my attitude here (and WRT to many other things; I believe there's value in consciously applied inconsistency). Before I explain why in this case, first, thank you for taking the time to do this and don't ...


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I would disagree that comments like It did the trick. Thank you for providing the link! should be removed. They do add new information (that the link was indeed helpful) which is otherwise not present anywhere. This information is sometimes replicated by the OP accepting accepting a helpful answer, but not always. Sometimes the OP forgets to accept, or ...


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