Answer or comment: what's the etiquette?
Looking at this question:
One of the answers isn't an answer, but some questions to the OP ('where does the error occur?', etc). I don't think this should be an answer, and asked about it, and the answerer (George Stocker) gave roughly the following reasons:
- Answers have permenance, comments do not. if the comments get deleted, the answer will remain.
- The OP will be notified by email of the answer, but not comments
I don't think these are valid reasons to post something which (IMO) isn't an answer as an answer, instead of a comment. But this guy has a fair bit of rep and has been on SO longer than me, so maybe he knows something I don't.
is this a valid use of an answer?