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How do I ask the OP a question? I have just signed up and wanted the OP to clarify a question they had. However the only option was to "Answer Question"


Thanks for answering this for me. I thought I was going crazy. I answered some question and someone was saying to turn it into a question. shrug


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Earn 50 reputation and then you can comment on the question asking for clarification. Until then, I'm afraid you have to skip such questions. – Daniel Fischer May 6 '13 at 12:05
+1 for asking here rather than clicking "Answer Question" and writing "I know this isn't an answer...", as many newcomers do. Welcome to the site. – David Robinson May 6 '13 at 14:54
@user2270470, Welcome to Stack Overflow; you seem like a responsible type, so please be sure to contribute. The community always needs more good people. – zzzzBov May 6 '13 at 15:01
Thanks all for the answer. I love this place so far. I love sharing what little knowledge I have and learning new stuff as well. – Jason H May 7 '13 at 0:33

You will have to wait till you get 50 reputation points. After that you can comment on the post.

See: Comment everywhere privilege

Reputation Required 50

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What would happen if we killed that restriction? I'm aware there could some spam posts, but I don't think that's something the current moderation system cannot handle. – Jan Dvorak May 6 '13 at 15:34
"Could"? We'd be flooded. There are no quality restrictions on comments as there are on questions and answers. – J. Steen May 6 '13 at 15:39
@J.Steen did spam comments actually use to be a problem back in the day? – Sam I am May 6 '13 at 20:27
I wonder if lowering the threshold from 50 to 10 or 20 would cause any problems. Rephrase: I wonder how many problems it would cause, and whether the benefit would be worth it. – Keith Thompson May 6 '13 at 20:34
@SamIam Probably? Any way scumbags can spam, they will. – J. Steen May 6 '13 at 21:07
@J.Steen "Probably?" you say? It seems like you haven't actually seen the problem before. I bring it up because It's not a given that we'll get an unmanageable amount of spam; especially considering the second-class status we give to comments around here. Even Youtube comments, which supposedly has a "high level" of spam tends to appear to be 90% human-written comments. – Sam I am May 6 '13 at 21:16
@SamIam I'm very glad you still have faith in humanity, and that's not sarcasm, trust me. And no. In comments on the SE network, I haven't seen the problem. Possibly due to the restriction of 50 rep. Possibly due to spammers being unaware of this goldmine of an opportunity. Though I do doubt the latter. =) – J. Steen May 6 '13 at 21:17
@SamIam Perhaps a provisional period of reducing the required rep to 1 could be instituted on a smaller site, to see if it's exploited, and to see what kind of comments we get. – J. Steen May 6 '13 at 21:19
I think a limit of more like 20 (which would make it difficult to use for spam, but easier for a newcomer to catch up) would be reasonable. – David Robinson May 7 '13 at 0:09

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