# Can we have comment templates?

This question is inspired from this post: Text building blocks in TeX.SX.
Can EE.SE have similar comment templates?

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• Boy, it's difficult to resist the urge to edit this post and change the verbatim links into HTML links. There must be a name for that condition :D – Ricardo Jan 14 '15 at 11:56
• So are you proposing we copy and paste these into questions from here as needed? – Matt Young Jan 14 '15 at 18:19
• @MattYoung I thought this script can help with that. – nidhin Jan 15 '15 at 5:09
• And that integrates into the Stack? – Matt Young Jan 15 '15 at 19:24

No, we should not have more comment templates since the templates we do already have are annoying and more trouble than they are worth. This shouldn't be made worse by adding even more templates.

For a example of a annoying comment template, try voting to close a question for OFF TOPIC > OTHER. The comment box is seeded with some initial text, which so far has never been exactly what I wanted to say or how I wanted to say it. Even worse, the seeded text isn't automatically deleted when you start typing with the cursor at the start. You have to actually select the seeded text and delete it, then type what you intended. This hassle discourages people from taking the time to explain why exactly they are closing a question. As a result, I sometimes click on the nearest handy close reason, whether it applies or not.

If more comment templates are implemented, at least don't make them so nanny-ish that you have to delete them first. You should always be able to just type what you want and ignore any possible templates. Templates should never be in your face. They should require a deliberate act to use them if you choose to.

• It really isn't that difficult to get rid of the template text. Just remember to hit control-A before you type your first character, and it will immediately replace the existing text. – Dave Tweed Jan 19 '15 at 22:56
• @Dave: Thanks, I didn't know about CTRL-A. I tried it and it worked. The seeded text still feels nanny-ish, and that still causes me to develop a eh, screw these jerks attitude towards explaining why I'm voting to close, but your information has helped make it a little less annoying. – Olin Lathrop Jan 21 '15 at 18:50