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Although the help page sets out a fairly narrow scope for comments, law.stackexchange.com practices a more permissive scope for comments than the text sets out.

On law.stackexchange.com, if people are having fun in comments, or if the comments make a moderator smile, comments will be permitted to stay until the comment thread reaches length 20, even if a comment does not request clarification, leave constructive criticism, or add any relevant information, and even if the comment constitutes secondary discussion.

This approach intentionally diverges from the previous discussion here: How to deal with comments? (September 26, 2019)

This approach is consistent with the moderator answer and associated comments here: Comments that are conversational (November 23, 2022).

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    What is the goal of the question? A revised policy, solving a specific problem or something else?
    – Trish
    Nov 30, 2023 at 10:13
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    To announce transparently and explicitly this site's permitted scope of comments. The practice is already in action.
    – Jen
    Nov 30, 2023 at 13:46

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I disagree that the title and statements in the post ("question") here articulate the site's policy. Rather, they reasonably describe the current practice. (And reasons for the practice appear in earlier referenced threads.)

The policy is still here: https://law.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment

At any point any moderator or community manager could decide to enforce that policy more aggressively.

(FYI, the magic 20-comment number is a consequence of an automated flag the system applies to comment threads that reach that length, which forces moderators to take a look at what's going on. If that system parameter were changed then moderator attention would follow.)

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    I agree then, this isn't policy, just practice. I removed the "policy" tag. But whatever the label, it is important for the community to know that more comments are being permitted than law.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment would suggest. Knowing that will change our flagging behaviour and invite us to be more casually chatty in comment threads.
    – Jen
    Dec 1, 2023 at 0:50
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    @Jen I agree, I think this is helpful.
    – feetwet Mod
    Dec 1, 2023 at 2:00
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    If this is not site policy, but is the general practice, and it's not causing problems, should we make it policy?
    – Someone
    Dec 6, 2023 at 6:11
  • That's a different question and why I asked on the op
    – Trish
    Dec 9, 2023 at 11:27
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    @Someone: Meh, comments aren't very important and I trust the moderators to use common sense. I prefer to give them the freedom to remove threads that are (in their judgment) causing a problem, rather than setting out a strict policy and having to repeatedly argue over the fringes of that policy.
    – Kevin
    Dec 13, 2023 at 19:12

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