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How to handle questions which are answered in the comments?
How to avoid unanswered questions with answers in comments

Recently, I asked a question on SO, and the answer was provided in a comment.

Because of statistics and semantics and all that lot, solved questions should be marked as accepted. But how do I mark it as this when it's a comment?

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marked as duplicate by animuson, Ben Brocka, John, Tim Post May 28 '12 at 20:05

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

I answer questions in a comment when 1) I'm not sure of the answer and 2) I suspect I'm going to get into a back and forth discussion before I find out what the real question is. Especially in a subject like Java, where students want their homework done in the months of April, May, November, and December. – Gilbert Le Blanc May 29 '12 at 16:35

You don't. Just leave a comment asking the user to make it an answer. If the user is unresponsive, you could even make it an answer yourself after a while and just accept that.

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A fellow user did say "JF deserves to put up the answer and get the green tick", and "JF" was @tagged. – ACarter May 28 '12 at 19:40
Then wait a little while (The question seems only a day old) until he has a chance to do so. But if he doesn't in the end, there's nothing wrong with doing it yourself. – Bart May 28 '12 at 19:42
@ACarter - If you left a comment asking the op to leave as an answer, then you've done your due diligence. ;) If he/she really feels like adding an answer, then he/she will come back and do so. – jmort253 May 28 '12 at 19:48

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