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This question got me thinking.

How to leave a comment on a answer?

The question:

I am quite new here, and I have a question about how to use this site in the right way.

I found a answer to a question that's is what I am looking for, but I have some doubts about the code. How can I leave a comment on this answer? I only have the possibility to edit, share o right my one answer.

Thanks a lot.

Now if we think about it, he can only add another answer, which will then be marked as 'not an answer'. So should there be another way to do this? Maybe contact the person who wrote the answer?

Shouldn't the user be able to comment rather that add another answer at rep 1? And maybe keep a minimum rep for answering.

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Earn 50 rep and you can comment everywhere. Problem solved. –  juergen d Feb 21 '13 at 12:34
    
@juergend I know how it works... I am just saying that just because someone doesn't have rep 50 doesn't mean that they shouldn't be able to ask doubts. After all Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you. But trust is not required if the user just wants to ask a doubt. –  Aditi Feb 21 '13 at 12:37
    
You can comment on own questions' posts. And what is the point in priviledges if everybody has them? –  juergen d Feb 21 '13 at 12:38
    
possible duplicate of lower-the-amount-of-reputation-needed-to-comment –  juergen d Feb 21 '13 at 12:40
    
Some users also leave contact information in their profile, in such case it's possible to contact them directly. Other than that I can't see anything to improve the system as it currently stands is just fine. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 21 '13 at 12:56
    
@Aditi - The underlying problem is that some new users don't ask proper questions in their comments, but offer us cheap brand handbags and shoes, or really affordable second mortgages on our houses. Therefore you need to have just a few upvoted posts to prove that you are serious about this. –  Bo Persson Feb 21 '13 at 13:45
    
@BoPersson Hmm... Ohhk... that makes sense.. I guess asking a new question is the only way then? Is it possible to tag a particular person for the new question (this person may be the answerer of the original question). –  Aditi Feb 21 '13 at 13:51
    
@Aditi - No, we cannot address a specific person here, Stack Overflow is about questions and answers (and not a social site at all :-). But if you tag your question with the proper subject tags, people interested in that subject (like those who have answered questions previously) are likely to see your question. –  Bo Persson Feb 21 '13 at 13:56

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He has a question and wants answers to that question. The appropriate thing is to ask a new question (as in "new thread"). In that question he can show the problematic code and link to the problematic answer and explain his issues with it. Other people then can answer.

That the question he has did arise from an answer doesn't really make the situation any different from other cases where questions come up.

If you post a comment, that one guy will get notified and might answer if he feels like it at the moment and has nothing better to do. Nobody else will see it. If you post a new question, you put it in front of all Stack Overflow users, many of them eager to answer. You also get the votes from all those people on the answers, judging their quality. When posting a comment you just get one guy's opinion, if you're lucky.

Posting a question should give better results.

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That's the easiest approach. But that doesn't guarantee that the person who answered the originat question will come accross this new question. And that person may be able to clarify the doubts in minutes while other may not. Also, the new question may just get closed as a duplicate. –  Aditi Feb 21 '13 at 12:45

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