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How to handle questions which are answered in the comments?
How to Give Credit for An Answer in the Comments

I asked a question, and I didn't get an answer, so I put up a bounty. The best answer I got in response was actually written in a comment. A little later, someone else wrote a good answer as an answer. It was more complex than the comment answer and contained unnecessary parts, but still must have taken some work. I appreciate the effort, but it wasn't the best answer.

How should I handle the situation? I'm going to lose the rep points anyhow, so I might as well give them to someone. What is the right thing to do?

Here's the question in question: Java & Windows 7: Reliably getting IPv4 netmask?

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, Pops, John, kiamlaluno, ChrisF Feb 22 '12 at 15:41

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Comment asking the person to post their comment as an answer? –  John Feb 20 '12 at 17:07
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@J, That looks suspiciously like an answer (in a comment) ;) –  Lix Feb 20 '12 at 17:13
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@Lix Oh, fine. Answer posted. :P –  John Feb 20 '12 at 17:16
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Comment asking the person to post their comment as an answer.

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This seems more like a comment :-D –  Adam Rackis Feb 20 '12 at 17:16
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@AdamRackis You people are so hard to please! –  John Feb 20 '12 at 17:45
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@AdamRackis: It would have been funnier if you could have convinced Lix to post that comment. –  animuson Feb 20 '12 at 19:02
    
@an - and I almost did it too :P –  Lix Feb 20 '12 at 19:52
    
That sounds great, although I'm not sure that user will notice my comment on their comment. Is there a way to send a private message to another user? –  Timothy Miller Feb 20 '12 at 20:26
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@TimothyMiller: No, but you can include an @ Username to alert their inbox (Much at this message should have alerted you) –  PearsonArtPhoto Feb 20 '12 at 20:36
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