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I'm a new SO user. Researching about a particular feature of the Android Market, I have found exactly the right question I wanted to ask. It has an accepted answer, and I know it's clearly wrong. AFAIK,I've should commented below the accepted answer, but cannot because of my low privileges. I opted to point the error in a separate answer. Did I proceed well?

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No. –  Won't Aug 2 '11 at 13:06

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No. Answers are not for posting comments. If you link to the answer you posted, I can convert it to a comment for you.

New users are not allowed to post comments, because the primary purpose of the Stack Exchange network is to serve as a question and answer platform, not as a device for extended conversation.

New users are required to achieve 50 reputation to earn the privilege of posting comments anywhere. Anyone who can achieve that probably understands the SE platform well enough to use comments responsibly.

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Thanks @Michael. –  Robert Harvey Aug 1 '11 at 23:59
    
Thanks @Robert Harvey, I've seen my answer converted to a comment. Now I want to add another comment... :) –  Jose_GD Aug 2 '11 at 20:19
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@Jose: Nice try, but you still need to earn 50 reputation to post comments. Moderators are not proxies for users with insufficient rep to post comments. :P –  Robert Harvey Aug 2 '11 at 20:22
    
... because it seems the accepted answer isn't completely wrong. I asked the same in the Google group and a person from the Android team answered, and I asked for more clarification –  Jose_GD Aug 2 '11 at 20:22
    
@Jose: If you can craft it into an actual answer to the question, feel free to post it. –  Robert Harvey Aug 2 '11 at 20:24
    
Ok, when I have the definite answer in the Google group AND I have 50 reputation points, I will comment ;) Or better still, when I have the correct answer I will post it as an answer –  Jose_GD Aug 2 '11 at 20:25

If you have a better answer, please post it as an answer! Stack Exchange allows, and even encourages, providing new answers to old questions when the existing answers are wrong or obsolete.

If you know that an existing answer is wrong, the proper behavior is indeed to comment and downvote, but this possibility is not offered to new users. While this is unfortunate in a case like this, it steers new users away from comments, which is usually a good thing as Stack Exchange is all about questions and answers. Please stick around; as you participate in the site, you will gain reputation points which unlock features beyond being able to post questions and answers. It takes 50 reputation points (that's 5 upvotes on answers) to be able to comment.

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the problem was I had't got a better answer... Only knew (at that moment - see reply to Robert Harvey) the answer was wrong. Thanks! –  Jose_GD Aug 2 '11 at 20:16

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