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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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trichoplax‭ wrote 4 months ago

It's possible the strength of feeling on both sides of this discussion may be lessened when it becomes possible to edit thread titles.

Andreas from the dark caverns‭ wrote 4 months ago · edited 4 months ago

trichoplax‭ You're right, and that's what I'm hinting at by the end of my post. I just find it a bit annoying when I'm met with baseless accusations delivered with such harshness. It's unconstructive, and doesn't suit this place.

trichoplax‭ wrote 4 months ago

When dealing with someone well meaning but harsh, it's often better to avoid subtle hints. You're both providing your time free of charge to support the community.