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Good manners says to say thank you when somebody answers your question. E-mail load control suggests not replying "thanks" because it's too much e-mail and people would rather have less. I'm not sure what StackOverflow expects. I got an e-mail notification today "3 Questions Have 1 Answer - Stack Overflow". When I clicked, only 1 of the answers was new to me. That one was a short, correct, and complete answer. :-)

I cannot vote it up because I don't have reputation.

Should I comment "thanks" on it?

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What was the question? –  ChrisF Jul 21 '09 at 11:11
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5 Answers 5

up vote 15 down vote accepted

Accept it ?

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..and perhaps come back to vote it up when you have the 15 reputation points required (probably soon enough) –  Jonik Jul 21 '09 at 11:17
    
@Jonik - I've just checked and he has 21 rep now on SO. –  ChrisF Jul 21 '09 at 11:19
    
How do I "accept" an answer, such as this one? Where do I click? I don't see "accept" anywhere on the screen. Hmm. I asked this already in a comment and nobody answered. I'll look in existing questions. –  Tom Harris Jul 23 '09 at 11:06
    
There should be a big tick on the left, under the vote score. The tool-tip is "accept this answer". It could be more clear, but now it is a good compromise between user-friendliness (no clutter) and informative (You only need the information once anyway) –  Steve Schnepp Jul 23 '09 at 12:35
    
@Tom: I see that you just asked this same question using the system (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/8396). Perfect :-) –  Steve Schnepp Jul 23 '09 at 15:02
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If its the answer you are looking for, then mark it as the correct answer, so that others will know what you were actually looking for. Marking it as the correct answer itself means thanks in a way. As for voting up, stay a bit longer and you will be able to do it too.

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Don't just write "Thank You" in a comment. If they were really helpful, write a more detailed comment about how it was useful.

If you cannot possibly see anyone coming up with a better answer, Up-vote and Accept their answer.

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I can't Up-vote without reputation? Can I Accept? Where do I do that? E.g. on this answer here, I don't see "Accept" anywhere. –  Tom Harris Jul 22 '09 at 9:44
    
Well, I guess you are going to have to wait until you get more reputation. –  Brad Gilbert Jul 22 '09 at 13:33
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You can never go wrong by saying "thank you" via a comment -- unless, of course, you're being sarcastic.

...waits for the sarcastic comment to this answer...

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Not being sarcastic, but you do raise a valid point there. Don't know the best phrasing of "thanks" to avoid it being misinterpreted. –  ChrisF Jul 21 '09 at 12:25
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"I really appreciate the answer. Thanks!" –  tvanfosson Jul 21 '09 at 13:55
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Uh, Ok, thanks, I guess. ( requisite sarcastic comment ) –  Brad Gilbert Jul 21 '09 at 15:33
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If he doesn't have rep to vote, he won't have rep for leaving a comment. –  Ian Elliott Jul 21 '09 at 16:00
    
Just making a general observation -- not specific to his situation, but rather in response to the question title. –  tvanfosson Jul 21 '09 at 21:56
    
The comment privelege page suggests not to write comments that are just compliments which do not add new information. –  oberlies Aug 21 '12 at 11:55
    
There are any number of things that I disagree with respecting the FAQ, a brief thank you never hurt anyone. –  tvanfosson Aug 21 '12 at 12:38
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You should say "Thank you, Jon Skeet!" like everyone else.

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I don't think Jon Skeet has actually answered any of my questions. So I don't see this happening, unless I just start referring to everybody as Jon Skeet. –  Brad Gilbert Jul 21 '09 at 15:35
    
Don't you know -- we are all Jon Skeet. Except you, of course. –  tvanfosson Jul 21 '09 at 15:48
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@[Brad Gilbert]: then obviously you aren't asking the right questions! –  Steven A. Lowe Jul 21 '09 at 16:10
    
@[tvanfosson]: i knew it! Jon Skeet is Legion! –  Steven A. Lowe Jul 21 '09 at 16:11
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