Reputation for comments?
I have made many useful comments. However, it seems that a useful comment does not reward reputation. Why?
What is the role of useful comments?
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In nine out of ten cases, comments should help improving the question or answer at hand.
Once it served it purpose, the comment should get deleted. For example, a request for clarification becomes noise once the question has been edited to fulfill the request.
Reputation simply cannot be combined with the ephemeral nature of comments.