So a user asked a question here:

Why isn't the Fed funds rate greater than interest rate on loans to the pubic

And the comment conversations he's having with people are getting very long, which generally isn't the purpose of the comments, but there doesn't seem to be a feasible way of stopping them, since the asker is having trouble understanding everyone's answers, for one reason or another. How do we deal with situations like this? I imagine it might eventually lead to some not-so-good tensions arising if it keeps up.

It might not even be a problem though; for the Econ SE, long conversations might be necessary and productive. What are your thoughts?


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This is a usual phenomenon around many SE sites, even though it goes against "official" policy and suggestions. The system offers automatically a sensible alternative, "move this conversation to chat", which is indeed the place to exchange comments which in most cases tend to be in essence clarifying attempts rather than a true contrast of opinions and point-of-views.

As for possible tensions, this is one of the reasons why moderators are here for. Flag the thread for moderator attention writing also a message like "please monitor, tensions ahead" when you sense that verbal friction builds up.

  • $\begingroup$ I suppose not much to do besides that then. $\endgroup$
    – Kitsune Cavalry Mod
    Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 3:14

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