I wrote a short answer today, and I was a bit miffed when Stack Overflow called it trivial and turned it into a comment.

I think it's fine to turn a short answer into a comment, but I think the adjective should be changed to "short" or at least "perfunctory".

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    Hmm... I guess 'trivial' might sound a little more harsh than needed. Feb 8, 2014 at 2:59
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    As a courtesy to you, your short, pithy answer has been automatically converted to a comment to conform to our community-friendly site guidelines. Thank you for your contribution, and have a wonderful day!
    – user102937
    Feb 8, 2014 at 4:08
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    +1 to SO for not speaking of agricultural implements. Feb 8, 2014 at 6:48
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    "Perfunctory" has a worse connotation than "trivial". It means you don't care and are barely even making an effort.
    – jscs
    Feb 8, 2014 at 19:59
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    "Half-assed answer converted to comment." @Josh
    – Shog9
    Feb 8, 2014 at 21:16
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/98950/…
    – Travis J
    Feb 8, 2014 at 21:34
  • Trivial is defined as "of little value or importance". Perhaps this can be taken as derogatory by some, although I think that if your answer was deemed trivial then perhaps it needs more substance. Some alternative words for consideration: exiguous, sparse, lightweight.
    – Travis J
    Feb 8, 2014 at 22:05


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