We get a fair number of questions about scams, and one of the things that's inevitable is that, in the first few comments, one of them is some variation of:
If you have to ask, it's a scam.
This gets a million upvotes, because it's a pithy, short statement that is easy to agree with, especially when the question goes HNQ. It's one I mostly agree with, and don't want to call anyone out for doing this - I've probably made the comment, but I think we shouldn't.
It's sort of insulting/condescending, and likely to lead the asker to have a worse experience as it questions why they bothered to ask in the first place. Further, it doesn't really help - some are and some aren't; we've certainly had plenty of "is this a scam" questions that weren't scams. It's also, basically, an answer in comments - even though as an answer it would be a bad one. Don't forget, also, these are often new users.
There's better ways to get at this feeling - that the asker is right to have their alarm bells go off - that both lead to a positive, not negative, experience, and use the comment box and answer box appropriately.
Can we as a group agree not to make this comment (at least those of us who are regular users), even if it's often true - and flag it as unnecessary for removal when we see it?
Maybe it would be helpful in the answers here to suggest a few ways that this can be better redirected.