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How does the comment system and comments work?

I have not been able to figure out how to add comments to questions/answers on stackoverflow.

For example, I wanted to comment on this answer to a question but there is no way to add a comment that I can see. I ended up adding another answer that corrects/clarifies the first answer. That doesn't seem like the best thing to do.

After adding the answer, I can see that there is an "add comment" link below my answer only. But nowhere else on any other question or answer do I get an "add comment" option.

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marked as duplicate by ChrisF, fretje, Lance Roberts, random, balpha Mar 25 '10 at 8:56

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Duplicate:… – Gnome Mar 24 '10 at 2:26
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Stackoverlow works with a reputation system. You dont have enough reputation to comment according to the official faq.

Amass enough reputation points and Stack Overflow will allow you to go beyond simply asking and answering questions:

  • 15 Vote up
  • 15 Flag offensive
  • 50 Leave comments†

† you can always comment on your questions and answers, and any answers to questions you've asked, even with 1 rep.

Try to ask/answer more interesting questions so you could comment. :)

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Exception. You can leave comments on your own questions right from the get go:… . – dmckee Sep 23 '09 at 22:12
I would ask more questions but mostly I search SO and find them already asked and answered. – progrmr Sep 24 '09 at 4:24
@kk6yb You can also answer questions, if you're so inclined. – waiwai933 Mar 24 '10 at 1:35
It's silly that you can't comment if you don't have enough reputation; if you need to comment on an answer that isn't the -accepted- answer (but works for you) your only resort is to add -another- answer saying so! (I had this issue here:…) – Zodman Aug 23 '12 at 6:21
i seem to be able to without too much reputation? – Rock Liu Dec 27 '12 at 21:49
This makes little sense to me. Seems to me that you should be able to add comments without any need for reputation points. If a comment does not make sense / is un-related to the question or answer / is offensive, then it should be flag-able. There are many times when I just want to leave a comment on an answer and not create a new answer which is basically the comment. – GKrasnow Jan 25 '13 at 0:33

I think these kind of questions might be a classic example of why joel wrote a blog post suggesting that you shouldnt disable menu item, you should just tell people why they cant click on an item if they do.

It might be a good idea to leave the add comment link and simply tell people why they cant add a comment.

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I agree with this. – aeonblaire Jul 8 '11 at 8:53
I agree with this as well. I would vote up, but don't have the rep to do it here :) Notice that the vote up button is available, I clicked it and now know what is going on. – greenanvil Nov 20 '11 at 18:18
I agree, this confused me totally. (on a side note: I don't have enough points to upvode, but for some reason, I can comment here. what gives?) – brightbyte Feb 29 '12 at 10:00
Please do this. I've been intensively researching a topic on SO for the past two days. Today, I decided to find an answer to why I couldn't comment and I had to turn to Google (which brought me to this page). It would be much simpler for users if they were just told that they couldn't comment if they didn't have sufficient reputation points (the same way I was prevented from "voting up" this response since I don't have sufficient reputation points). – D. Woods Aug 29 '12 at 16:44
Seems the community is split on this (Which I agree with) -… – user66001 Dec 8 '12 at 15:01
Ditto on: "I agree with this as well. I would vote up, but don't have the rep to do it here :) Notice that the vote up button is available, I clicked it and now know what is going on." – Slashback Oct 23 '13 at 17:33

It might be a good idea to leave the add comment link and simply tell people why they cant add a comment

I want to vote up toby's answer, but of course I doin't have enough rep points

I actually came looking for this as somebody voted down an answer of mine that ideally would have been a comment, but I wasn't able to post as a comment.


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you can add comments to your own posts even with 1 rep – Jeff Atwood Mar 24 '10 at 5:44
Agree. Very confusing for a brand new user. I just searched for 30' to find out why I can't comment like most other sites where I have an account. Very frustrating new user experience, not exactly welcoming. – ckib16 Jan 20 '13 at 17:52

Personally I find it frustrating that I can post comments on SO (where I am both a questioner and an answerer) but not on SU ( where I tend mainly to ask). Particulalry annoying where your comment is borderline between an answer and a cooment.

Would it be possbile to somehow pool reputation between the sites for the purpose of comments.

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Unassociate then reassociate your accounts:… – random Mar 24 '10 at 9:43

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