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In this question there is an answer that suggests starting an activity for the market, and fall back to popping up a toast if the market app can't be found.

I suggested an improvement (clicked the edit link) that would fall back to the browser if the market app couldn't be found, which works quite nicely for me, but several people rejected that edit however, with the reason:

This edit is incorrect or an attempt to reply to or comment on the existing post

I'm not quite sure why that would be rejected. Is the code wrong? Or am I using Stack Overflow wrongly?

Edit: I was not given an option to comment on the solution (I'm not sure why) otherwise that would have been an obvious thing to do.

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You're using stack overflow wrongly. If you're suggesting an improvement to an approach, you should comment on the answer rather than edit the original- editing is more for formatting mistakes, typos, minor but obvious coding errors. Actually this question is in the wrong place itself, it belongs on Btw, I think the idea in your edit is a nice improvement, it just should have been made separate as a comment. – Gabe Sechan May 24 '13 at 16:02
Thanks for that - just after I created this post I actually realised the problem in my code, the original question specified: Considering they could acquire it from or Google Marketplace... I realised that my "improvement" wouldn't at all satisfy that need! Also: I wasn't able to comment on the original post, but I could suggest changes. – steeveeet May 28 '13 at 16:50
Please do not suggest any more changes until you've read and understood how SO/SE works. – user7116 May 29 '13 at 15:04
I do apologise, but this is an attempt to understand how SO/SE works. I did read the instructions for suggesting edits carefully and at the trime it felt like commenting was more appropriate. However for some reason I was unable to comment so I assumed that suggesting edits was the correct thing to do. I'm not sure I should be criticised for following what the UI and documentation were leading me to? – steeveeet May 31 '13 at 11:04
@steeveeet You can only comment on your own posts until you gain the comment everywhere privilege at 50 reputation. – Anthony Grist May 31 '13 at 11:09
OK, that makes sense. It would be nicer UI to have a disabled comment button with a tool-tip about why you can't use it than just to not present one. – steeveeet May 31 '13 at 11:28
up vote 4 down vote accepted

My 'edit' should have been made as a comment to the original answer, however I didn't have enough reputation to add a comment (50 rep required).

The only recourse in situations like this is to add a new answer to the question.

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Now you got the correct use of editing. – hims056 May 31 '13 at 11:35
I'll get there in the end! :) – steeveeet May 31 '13 at 12:11

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