I happened to come across this answer: Add a randomised body class. I noticed that it had a comment that said, simply,

This looks perfect, thanks!

So I flagged this as 'too chatty'.

When you go to post a comment, you see this:

see blockquote below

Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements. **Avoid comments like "+1" or "thanks".

And Jeff Atwood said to flag these.

And yet, my flag was declined:

too chatty – Mithrandir Jun 12 at 9:54   declined

So... why? Is there some sort of misunderstanding here?

  • With the new flags, it could be flagged as it's no longer needed: This comment is outdated,conversational or not relevant to this post..
    – apaderno
    Aug 11, 2019 at 9:40

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It's me. Sorry for any frustration! I just disagree with the idea that these comments need to be scrupulously policed. They're courteous and don't get in the way in a substantial way. If someone is carrying on a multi-reply conversation in comments, then sure, too chatty.

I understand, though, that Jeff's official stance is different. I just think within reason, a "thanks" and/or a "you're welcome" isn't hurting anyone. For what it's worth, others have expressed similar viewpoint on Stack Overflow Meta and other Metas.

That said, if you feel strongly please re-flag and I will not decline it this time!

I would be curious to hear other users of this site chime in with how they feel "thank you" and "you're welcome" comments should be treated.

  • It's not a big deal, I just dislike having flags declined :). I guess I can just leave them here if you don't think they're a problem; I was just wondering if perhaps there was a misunderstanding.
    – Mithical
    Jun 15, 2017 at 14:36

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