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When someone posts a really simple question which can be answer in just one line, what would be the best thing to do?

  1. Answer in comments and leave, which means there might not be any appreciation at all.
  2. Answer in the answer box with a bit more information on their question and get appreciation with upvotes and may be 15 more points if your answer is accepted.
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    Put it this way: if you post the answer as a comment, it's very likely someone else will copy-paste that to an answer and get the rep. – tombull89 Jan 16 '14 at 11:54
  • Thanks! Got it. Next time, I will play well :) – Dhiraj Jan 16 '14 at 11:59
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    I think you are confusing "appreciation" with "reward." I leave comments all the time, and I suspect that they are often appreciated (particularly when they are there to point the user toward an answer or helpful contextual information), even though I am not rewarded for them in any way. – Aaron Bertrand Jan 16 '14 at 14:59
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Put it this way: if you post the answer as a comment, it's very likely someone else will copy-paste that to an answer and get the rep.

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    My point, therefore, stands :D – tombull89 Jan 16 '14 at 12:10
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    @tombull89 You proved it man :) – Dhiraj Jan 16 '14 at 12:11
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    @tombull89 And this is now one my most voted answer on all the StackExchange websites, you really made your point :-) – Florent Bayle Jan 16 '14 at 12:43
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    +1 because this was both clever and unscrupulous – Aaron Bertrand Jan 16 '14 at 15:00
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If you are sure about your answer you should post it as an answer, use comments to : request clarification, leave constructive criticism...

As explained well here: https://stackoverflow.com/help/privileges/comment

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Always go for the second option. There is a clear-cut distinction between a comment and an answer.

A comment is meant to ask for relevant information or clarification. An answer answers the question - straightforward, isn't it?

So, never give an answer in the comments section of a post. Having said this, if the simplicity of the question disqualifies it as an SO question, you're better off flagging it as e.g. broad or off-topic.

  • Seems like you are going the smart way :) – Dhiraj Jan 16 '14 at 11:58

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