What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 128 Stack Exchange communities.

This question already has an answer here:

Recently I've seen a couple of questions (across various SE sites) that I could answer, upon reading the question & comments I've found that it's been answered as a comment but there's no actual answer.

Is it ok for me to provide an answer that mostly consists of some-one else's comment?
(I'd try to improve on the comment by expanding on it or providing examples, give attribution to the original commenter & wait a few days before doing so.)

I dislike the idea of "stealing" someone else's rep, but I also feel every good question should have an answer (ideally accepted), since this improves the question for future users.

Are there any rules/recommended practices for doing this, or should I even be doing this?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Toon Krijthe, michaelb958, Martijn Pieters, Josh Crozier, hims056 Feb 28 at 4:17

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.

    
Sure, go ahead. If you can make it a good answer (Comments rarely are good answers) then by all means do so. They could have done it themselves, so you're not stealing anything. Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/143514/… –  Bart Nov 18 '12 at 16:48
    
@Bart, your answer to this question most likely is one of these mentioned by the OP. It answers the question, but actually is a comment ;) –  Spontifixus Nov 18 '12 at 17:05
    
@Spontifixus Feel free to make it an answer and steal my rep. –  Bart Nov 18 '12 at 17:06
    
@Bart done. am I now oficially a reputation thief? ;) –  Spontifixus Nov 18 '12 at 17:37
1  
@Spontifixus For shame good Sir, for shame. I might just flag your answer for moderator attention. Turning lousy comments into good answers. I hope you're happy with yourself. shakes head –  Bart Nov 18 '12 at 17:39
    
@Bart on second thought - You're right. This question has been answered too many a times. –  Spontifixus Nov 18 '12 at 17:46
3  
When I write a partial answer in a comment, it usually means that I'm too lazy to formulate a complete answer. Feel free to base your answer on them. –  CodesInChaos Nov 18 '12 at 17:48

1 Answer 1

up vote 5 down vote accepted

Sure, go ahead. If you can make it a good answer (Comments rarely are good answers) then by all means do so. They could have done it themselves, so you're not stealing anything. Related: Comments have become answers

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .