Editorial comments are for more than just the aurhor. I usually scan the editorial comments before voting to see what ideas others' have on stories, and if I agree. Also, often when I post an editorial comment it's equally with the hope of convincing other people to see it the same way I do. It doesn't always work, of course.
I also think there should be an easy way for authors to find editorial comments on rejected stories. Once a story has been deleted, it can be very difficult to track down the orphaned comments. Not good if it's deleted shortly after they were posted.
Another idea I would like to advance is removing the ability to post topical comments while a story is in the queue, as well as the ability for an author to retract a story if factual or other errors are found while it is in the queue.
Didn't you already post this suggestion in this story?
Anyway, as I said last time, I'm still firmly against it. Remove the ability for people to post topical comments on stories in the queue, and everyone will just start posting topical comments as editorial comments.
Also the last thing I want is to have to read a story, but have to wait an undetermined amount of tme to re-click all over the place before I can comment on it.
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