I have been reviewing first answers on Stack Overflow, originally to find answers to flag and build my build my flag weight. However, I find myself instead providing comments to help users provide better answers. This of course defeats the original goal of building flag weight. The game aspect of Stack Overflow encourages me to simply flag posts, but I think that this will discourage new users from answering or attempting to answer.
Is there some way to encourage reviewers to provide support to new users instead of simply flagging?
Are new users discouraged when their answers are deleted?
Is it better to just flag posts than to provide comments on them?