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Can anecdotal illustration support an answer, or must it go in a comment?

Please forgive me if I meander a bit, but your question asks more than it seems on the surface to ask. The Stack Exchange model is not discussion based, but a straightforward Question and Answer ...
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Can anecdotal illustration support an answer, or must it go in a comment?

Additionally to anongoodnurse's answer, I left you a note when I edited your post to tell you it was because of the anecdotal paragraph - and this was precisely one of the reasons you ended up with ...
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Can anecdotal illustration support an answer, or must it go in a comment?

There are a number of cognitive biases that make anecdote unreliable; and a number of reasons that make an accurate anecdote irrelevant to a correct answer. Anecdote distracts from evidence. Opinion ...
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How May I Tell Who Keeps Deleting Legitimate Comments In Order To Take Action?

Those comments are not being maliciously deleted - the moderator team has been removing them as they count as noise. This question has received a really high number of comments - and in order to ...
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What should I do with a highly upvoted comment that is factually false?

This has already been asked on MetaSE. To sum that up a little bit, if the comment warrents flagging, flag it. If it doesn't, don't. If there is something wrong about that comment, feel free to add ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

Comments are for clarification, that's it, really, especially on an HNQ, which can get 40+ comments. Your comment was partly asking for clarification and mostly an answer (by suggestion and by direct ...
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Comment Deletion

As a moderator, I typically only suggest that when a comment thread starts getting very long -- when many users (particularly on a HNQ [hot network question]) start chiming in. That can make ...
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How do I edit my own comment?

Users can only edit comments for a limited period of time (I believe some handful of minutes). However, moderators can edit comments at any time, so I fixed your typo for you :)
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Are there cases where answering in comments is OK?

Comments are not the place for answers. Encouraging answers in the comments in any setting is just teaching people (especially new users in this case) that it is ok. It also shows that when we are ...
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Are there cases where answering in comments is OK?

No, I don't believe they should. I think this is an issue likely related to hot network questions, troll offerings, or trigger-type questions, the handling of which reflects on our community as a ...
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What qualifies as offensive content and, secondarily, handling content disputed as offensive

The number of parenting questions which can potentially concern themselves with cannibalism, slavery, rape, abortion, or gay marriage is unsurprisingly somewhat limited. We aren't Law, History, or ...
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What qualifies as offensive content and, secondarily, handling content disputed as offensive

Comming at this "raw" as it were, I've read through the full transcript (and as a mod I do have full visibility of deleted content as well) and some thoughts from me: I understand your point, that ...
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Criticizing alone vs. making simple edit to improve answer?

If someone thinks an answer would be strengthened by including a link, is it better to criticize the answer in a comment below the answer, or edit the question to add the link the critic is saying is ...
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Why are comments restricted until a user reaches 50 rep?

Stack Exchange is not for comments. It is for Questions and Answers. Comments are intended for asking for clarification, and are usually temporary - deleted once clarifications/updates are made. So we ...
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Where should we draw the line on comments?

I am new to Parenting.se, but not to SE in general. I think this site is about average (in my limited experience) in the quality and quantity of comments (though much friendlier), and see no problem ...
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Is this on topic and does this behaviour violate our "be nice" policy?

I was actually thinking last night as I was falling asleep that I should take a good look at this answer and comments first thing in the morning and try to clean it up and sort it out, largely by ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

Just to add something to @anongoodnurse's excellent answer: Once a set of comments has been moved to chat, no more comments can be on that particular post (question or answer). So, once we've chosen ...
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I had a comment on an answer which was not a discussion, why was it removed?

Great question! Thanks for asking it. (+1) Sorry I didn't see it before now. (Our notification system failed me.) Here's the comment in toto: No offense intended but this advice, while logically ...
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Are there cases where answering in comments is OK?

The question being protected has no bearing on how it should be moderated as far as 'answer comments' go. If it's protected, it's to make it easier for you and us to moderate it - by not attracting ...
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Comment Templates for Parenting.SE

For new users with question problems: Hi, and welcome! Though this is an interesting question, it's more of a discussion-type question, which is not on topic on SE sites. Please see the help ...
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Comment Templates for Parenting.SE

Asking for sources For users with reputation (not new users): This is an interesting statement: "Xxxx" Could you please add a reference/source to support it? People might like to do further ...
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Comment Templates for Parenting.SE

Edited to add: D'oh! These aren't very Parenting.SE specific, sorry. :-( I'm not exactly sure how to do this (I am tech-challenged). But I have some that I use often enough to copy & paste. (I ...
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Where should we draw the line on comments?

I wanted to wait a few days, hoping to get some others involved in the discussion, and at least one has so far; but here's my thoughts. My feeling on comments here is that, for the most part, they're ...
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