In regards to these other topics...
- Revisit "New users can't ask for clarifications except as answers"
- New users can't ask for clarifications except as answers
- What's the justification for the commenting reputation requirement?
- Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment
...I just ran across a situation where a new user with 11 rep asked a question for clarification on the question so that he could answer it correctly. Obviously questions do not belong in comments, but this user has no other choice but to ask by posting an answer. Is it correct to flag this as "not an answer" or to tell the user to delete it?
Several months back, I ran across this same situation, but that time the user had 41 reputation. I upvoted his "answer" which allowed him to unlock commenting privileges so he could post his comments as comments. He then deleted his comment-answer.
But in this situation, I couldn't single-handedly give the user enough reputation to post a comment.
What should we do in this situation where a user is genuinely trying to answer a question, but needs clarification and asks for that in the form of an answer?
What should new users do instead of posting a comment-answer when they themselves are in this situation and need to post a comment before answering a question?