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Why do we have "General comments" threads?

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Comments below posts are grouped into threads, each of which can have a meaningful name so several different conversations can happen in parallel with less risk of confusion.

However, sometimes the thread title is simply "General comments" which does not help the reader understand what the thread contains. Why does this sometimes happen?

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I'm one of the offenders, and the answer is quite simple: I often don't know what else to name it, even after several minutes of hard thinking. I want commmenting to be a task of ease, not a task of complication.

In addition, there are many sorts of comments that don't actually fit very well in their own buckets, and are better grouped with other ones; these comments form the group of general responses, hence the name: "general comments". Just because we can have different buckets for every comment, doesn't mean we should.

One can always revisit the name of a comment thread later on, if the set of general comments actually turned out to have something not so general in common.

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Olin Lathrop‭ wrote 5 months ago

"I often don't know what else to name it" is a cop-out, and is an excuse trying to give yourself permission to be irresponsible. Link to a few such comments. We can probably come up with reasonable titles that tell you something about the content.

Examples here. Responses to the accusations are in a previous comment in the same thread.

Olin Lathrop‭ wrote 5 months ago

That response belongs in this thread, not where you put it. I deliberately created two comment threads because they were about two different topics. This one was supposed to be about examples where you didn't think a suitable title was possible. The other is about the principle that it really should be possible to come up with a reasonable title.

They are inherently the same. It's literally the same topic.

I'll elaborate: your query for links from me, is an attempt at proving me wrong, and proving the statements you put forth in the other thread, correct. As such, it makes no sense to split it up.