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I am very sorry to have to ask this, but I am a complete loss.

sometimes I see a box to "add a comment"... usually below a fresh comment, but mostly I don't, and I can't for the life of me figure out how to instigate a comment if that edit field is not already there.

Much thanks for all of your patience!


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okay, on this question, i saw an "add comment" button... but, why don't i see it on other people's questions? – eric May 26 '10 at 20:11
Stack overflow has a site set up for questions of this sort: Don't worry about asking it there yourself, it'll get migrated there soon. – Randolpho May 26 '10 at 20:11
You can always comment on your own questions/answers or answers to your own questions. You need 50 rep to comment on other questions and answers – ChrisF May 26 '10 at 20:14
Related: – Grace Note May 26 '10 at 20:22
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It depends on the amount of reputation you have. You need to have at least 50 to comment on Stack Overflow. Check out the FAQ:

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And until you have 50 rep you'll only be able to leave comments on your own posts. The 50 rep bit allows you to comment on any post. – squillman May 26 '10 at 20:16
That's it, thanks! Kinda makes it hard to answer a question without being able to ask for more information... but, i guess eventually, i'll be able to. – eric May 26 '10 at 20:52
So, I've never understood why the limit on commenting. Not being able to comment from the get-go actually encourages the wrong behavior (e.g. replying to threads to "respond" vs. comments) and is a barrier to new people participating in a less invasive way (perhaps allowing them to "ease" into the site...) – Joe May 27 '10 at 1:14
I agree with Joe's comment. And, by the way, I was able to add this comment on someone else's answer with a reputation of 1 on Meta Stack Overflow and a reputation of 11 on Stack Overflow. Perhaps, on Meta Stack Overflow, anyone is allowed to comment on anyone's question and answer right from the get-go? – Ajoy Bhatia Apr 30 '11 at 20:08

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