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Where do we stand with users asking for monetary incentives before providing an answer / idea?

This site is about free exchange of question and answers. However, sometimes the person asking a question could clearly benefit from some professional help that would go well beyond writing a answer ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

Some of the comments called into question here reminded me of someone that I hadn't thought about in years, my 10th and 11th grade electronics teacher. Hey, Mr. Gibbs - if you're reading this, thanks ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

The way I've had the situation described to me by some of the other moderators is the following: If a user is responsible for perhaps 5% or so of the monthly site "value" (for one arbitrary ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

Question is opinion based and should be closed. Question is too broad and should be closed. The question is a good one and deserves a complete answer, but I only have time to give a brief answer. I ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

Personally, I'D prefer a more liberal removal of snark by our mods, especially toward newbies. I've seen snark comments in our meta removed by SE community, and see that as a guideline. That said, ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

I think is is partly a cultural issue, and partly a clash of what people perceive as is this sites goal. The following might seem a bit exaggerated, but this is just the result on concentrating on the ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

I can see me and other people doing it, despite being discouraged, because: the answer is only a partial one there is only time for me to write a bit to nudge things into the right direction there ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

I use both the mobile website and the regular desktop website, depending on where I am and what device I'm using. When I browse questions during my lunch break, I can easily upvote interesting ...
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Can overaggressive, unproductive, targeted negative commenting here be unproductive? Did it happen on my question? Can it be reduced?

Since I'm the one that took the time to answer your questions, I thought it might be fair to also spend a bit of time on your meta post, uhoh: Now the answer to the question is simple and I'd thought ...
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Where do we stand with users asking for monetary incentives before providing an answer / idea?

No, any help given or gotten here is for free. As Olin correctly points out, sometimes the question is asking for a full design, and in some cases it may trigger an offer for a full consultancy ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

I see that my extended comments on Tim Post's answer are similar to other 'answers' which are comments on the broader subject - so I'm converting them here to an 'answer" with some additions and ...
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What is the acceptable level of hostility towards questions?

EDIT: To actually answer the question - I, personally, think a little bit of good-natured ribbing is ok. I really hate the "OMG, that's not even a proper MCU", or "You call that a circuit diagram - ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

I'm active on a few SE sites, and read EE.SE fairly regularly. IMO, most of the example comments are not that bad: Enough with those stupid wiring diagrams already! "Stupid" clearly refers to ...
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Can we have comment templates?

This post is a Community Wiki post, so feel free to edit it. Useful links [How to Ask](http://electronics.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask)-page ...
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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

The comment is primarily there to provide feedback to the OP. Whether other agree with it or not is secondary.
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

I'll post this as a related "answer" in its own right. If it gets a life of its own I'll leave it here and delete it from its position as an appendix to my answer. If it gets beaten to a pulp I'll ...
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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

Think of it from the OP's point of view. What would you rather see, a question closed with only one of the canned text to explain why, or a more detailed explanation from someone that voted to close? ...
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Maybe I'm two more deleted comments closer to a suspension

Intro I have written this for a general audience, as I expect the background info may be interesting to other site members, with the part responding to the specific Meta question above near the bottom ...
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What is the acceptable level of hostility towards questions?

I thought about posting something similar to this just a few days ago. I'm a newcomer to EE.SE and also a youngling in the EE field (graduating in May.) I've only been a member for around a year but ...
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users below 50 rep can still comment OP

First, your answer was deleted and turned into a comment by a moderator. As long as your comment is relevant to the question, I'm not going to just delete it to enforce the rules, consider it some ...
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Missing/deleted comments

You've been around here long enough that you should know comments, especially lengthy comment chains, get deleted occasionally. I didn't see this question originally, but guessing from your post and ...
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MCU pushers, the lot of ya!

In the case of your own questions, responders have suggested MCUs because it is clear from your question that you have not thought the problem through at all. It's obvious to an experienced person ...
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Should I delete comments making suggestions to improve questions when OP applies them?

Absolutely. Comments are supposed to be transient. This also includes comments like "Ok, fixed", "Thank you" etc. However, as PlasmaHH points out, tracking all your comments would be a chore, that's ...
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Link in comment not displayed/parsed correctly

You got the link text and the link URL swapped. You should use this instead: ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

I wanted to say that as a comment (again) on Olin's answer, but it's actually too long to fit. Technically, that is right, there are questions, answers, and that's all. This is if we consider, as ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

Usually users don't come up with a question can be answered, because they don't read any info on how to use the site, don't care about being part of the community and just want\expect an answer. I'm ...
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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

If somebody voted to close a question, the system automatically generates indicators. The questions is added to the the close review queue. "close (n)", where n is the current number of close votes, ...
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Can new users edit their migrated questions?

Yes, new users can edit their migrated questions. They first need to create an account on this site, using the same credentials that they used on the original site. Their account on this site will ...
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Can new users edit their migrated questions?

The new user becomes an owner of his migrated question. He should be able to comment and edit. There may be a delay caused by caching.
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

I'm stupid every now and then. I might hold a stupid belief about something or other and someone comes along, calls me stupid and explains why I was being stupid. On the other hand someone comes along ...
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