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How to handle questions which are answered in the comments?

I am relatively new to SO and see this very often. As the title suggests there are many questions that are answered in comments itself and they remain unanswered forever. Shouldn't there be an option to mark a comment as an answer and the comment is copied over as an answer or something like that?

I guess there should be an option to the creator of the question to do this.

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marked as duplicate by Gilles, Martijn Pieters, yhw42, Bo Persson, Toon Krijthe Nov 18 '12 at 16:10

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

    
Try the search function! A search for "+accept +answer +comment" yields a lot of related question. Of particular interest is this declined feature-request (possible duplicate), from the first page of search results. (I can post this as answer, but maybe it's more natural to close your question as a duplicate.) –  Hendrik Vogt May 8 '11 at 12:12
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I found unanswered questions, that are really answered in comments really annoying. Some moderators should be allowed to mark that type of comments as answers. –  albfan Jan 25 '13 at 22:30

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There is absolutely no need for a feature that allows you to mark a comment as an answer. In fact, that goes against one of the primary tenants of the site: questions and answers are the primary focus, while comments are just "noise".

The better solution is to simply leave an @username reply for that person, informing them that their comment actually answered your question and requesting that they post it as an answer so that you can accept it. I've seen this done numerous times (and had people do it with me), and my experience has been that users are more than happy to oblige.

If (and only if) they don't come back and post their comment as an answer within a reasonable frame of time (say, a few days) should you consider posting your own answer to the question, as Mike suggests.

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If I come across this and it's a question that's not mine, I answer in Community Wiki and give credit to the person who answered it in comments. If it were my question, I would post an answer and probably wouldn't make it CW.

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