It is not uncommon for a question be solved in the comments before a formal answer is given. Is it then poor etiquette to take the solution out of the comments and formally combine it into an answer rather than leaving the question appearing to be unsolved.
Is this behaviour encouraged or frowned upon?
- Person A has asked a question about how many lego blocks are required to build a car and provides a picture.
- Person B has recently built a car out of lego very much like that- but instead of providing a formal answer for whatever reason, simply writes a little comment about his experience and how many it took him.
- Person A then decides that the comment is enough of an answer to solve his problem and leaves.
- Person C comes across the latter question and comment roll and decides to transphorm the given data into a pretty answer for the aid of other people.
- although this is very close to this question, rather than moving attributed comments on the answer into the relevant answer I'm talking more about questions where it looks like the question has not been solved where it actually has in the comment roll on the actual question rather discussed answers.
- This is also tying into what kind of rights a person may claim to have on content that they post as answers or comments (if any). The CreativeCommons states you must attribute the work of the other person however i'm not sure how formally this applies and how messy an answer might get if all the knowledge you've aggregated for a question is being referenced. Are we going to have to start writing bibliographies on answers?