I just went to comment on this answer, saying something like "hey thanks that solution worked for me; You know anything about extending it to provide this feature too?"

I was confused why I couldn't find any sort of "add comment* button, and it took me an annoying bit of searching just to find out why. :/

So could us new users see a notification like:

you need a minimum of X reputation to comment on questions that are not your own, and on answers that are not to your own questions

in the space where the add comment button would be?

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    That does indeed seem to be inconsistent with the rest of the site. Usually UI elements are still shown, even when you can't/aren't allow to use them.
    – Bart
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 11:25
  • @Shog9 why did you remove it, if I might ask? Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 8:28
  • @ShaWizDowArd: in response to a flag that I didn't check thoroughly first. This request - marked as a duplicate - isn't completed; anonymous users see nothing. But users with accounts of some sort will see the link.
    – Shog9
    Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 8:31
  • @Shog9 oops, took that comment for granted without checking, OK now. :) Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 8:33
  • possible duplicate of Show the "add comment" link also to users who cannot add comments
    – Himanshu
    Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 10:41
  • @ShaWizDowArd - This seems a duplicate of the one you have just edited. :) Voting to close.
    – Himanshu
    Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 10:42
  • @hims056 yup, added my weight in. :) Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 11:57

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Nice idea. I suggest even better solution. Show add comment button to all users. If he/she is not able to add comment show them an error message on clicking that button. Something like this:

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This is same as vote up/down button

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    Yes, precisely. Although from an affective perspective (on the reputation explanation notification xD ), it's somewhat less unpleasant to be informed that you can't do something before you try it, rather than go to try to do something and only then be informed that you aren't allowed.
    – Owen_AR
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 11:44
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    @Owen_R - Showing a big message under every post would not look good. Just showing a message after clicking an add comment button makes more sense. (IMHO)
    – Himanshu
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 12:04
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    Oh yeah, I get that perspective too. Although the big message would be just as temporary as the restriction itself... Perhaps a short message like X reputation needed to add comment, which you can click on to get a full explanation of where you can and can't?
    – Owen_AR
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 12:24
  • Ah popup after first suggesting something can be clicked is bad design IMHO. It's like "Click here to do this - Nyahh nyahh you actually can't >:P" and giving the finger... Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 9:29

Hurrah! This has been implemented now.

If you are logged in and you don't have privilege to add comments, you see a message like this:

add comment (requires 50 reputation)

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"add comment" is just text (it's not a link).

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    This may be a causing a related bug
    – jmac
    Commented Aug 1, 2013 at 6:46
  • It seems to have been removed.
    – Mark Hurd
    Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 2:44
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    Only for anon users, @Mark. Once you have an account (even an "unregistered" one), you should see it.
    – Shog9
    Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 8:35

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