I recently asked this question over on Meta AskUbuntu: Should new users be restricted from using comments within the questions they ask?
My reasoning when I asked this question was that the faq(s) all seem to include a "How Do I Ask Questions Here?" section which contains the recommendation (instruction?) quoted below.
- If other users ask you for more information in the comments, edit your question using the edit link just below your original question.
The answers provided so far to my question have focused on why my suggestion is "less special". But one criticism troubled me more than the others.
It was pointed out that if a user does what is suggested in the faq and updates their question with new information, then no notifications will be issued. In particular, people who requested more information relating to the question will not be notified that the information has been provided.
This appears to be the case based on what I read in these questions:
Are answerers notified when a question they've answered is edited?
Notify us when the question has been edited after posting an answer
At this point I am no longer sure what is the best approach to take.