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Recently I've seen a couple of questions (across various SE sites) that I could answer, upon reading the question & comments I've found that it's been answered as a comment but there's no actual answer.

Is it ok for me to provide an answer that mostly consists of some-one else's comment?
(I'd try to improve on the comment by expanding on it or providing examples, give attribution to the original commenter & wait a few days before doing so.)

I dislike the idea of "stealing" someone else's rep, but I also feel every good question should have an answer (ideally accepted), since this improves the question for future users.

Are there any rules/recommended practices for doing this, or should I even be doing this?

  • Sure, go ahead. If you can make it a good answer (Comments rarely are good answers) then by all means do so. They could have done it themselves, so you're not stealing anything. Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/143514/… – Bart Nov 18 '12 at 16:48
  • @Bart, your answer to this question most likely is one of these mentioned by the OP. It answers the question, but actually is a comment ;) – Spontifixus Nov 18 '12 at 17:05
  • @Spontifixus Feel free to make it an answer and steal my rep. – Bart Nov 18 '12 at 17:06
  • @Bart done. am I now oficially a reputation thief? ;) – Spontifixus Nov 18 '12 at 17:37
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    @Spontifixus For shame good Sir, for shame. I might just flag your answer for moderator attention. Turning lousy comments into good answers. I hope you're happy with yourself. shakes head – Bart Nov 18 '12 at 17:39
  • @Bart on second thought - You're right. This question has been answered too many a times. – Spontifixus Nov 18 '12 at 17:46
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    When I write a partial answer in a comment, it usually means that I'm too lazy to formulate a complete answer. Feel free to base your answer on them. – CodesInChaos Nov 18 '12 at 17:48
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Sure, go ahead. If you can make it a good answer (Comments rarely are good answers) then by all means do so. They could have done it themselves, so you're not stealing anything. Related: Comments have become answers

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