For many questions on Stack Overflow, I am glad to spend a few minutes giving the best answer I can think of at the moment, and sometimes my answer however naive, even seems to be useful to someone.
However, the time I have to spend with diversions such as Stack Overflow is finite. I just encountered someone who apparently had a lot of time, or a real passion for the subject at hand, or both, who was asking clarification after clarification in the comments, to the point of erasing his own previous comments for fear of running into a limit. I didn't know there was a limit to the number of comments, although I can see how he would know.
I understand it's possible to be passionate about a subject or to be a perfectionist. However I was so tired of the discussion that I finally deleted my answer just to get rid of the whole situation. I didn't want to appear not to care about his remarks, but I do not use Stack Overflow as a chat site.
The whole thing made me feel uncomfortable. How should I have handled it?
EDIT: I should have made it clearer that it was not the OP that was commenting on my answer, it was someone else, who had his own succinct answer to the same question, but for some reason preferred to make me edit mine than to enhance his own. I will reinstate my answer. Thanks.