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While I'm reviewing posts on Ask Ubuntu (but it is not particular to that site), I can see comments posted as answers because their author doesn't have enough reputation points to comment.

Is it good to mark "No Action Needed"?

Or better add a comment or flag post as "Not an answer"?

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    "No Action Needed"??? Just why? – Braiam Aug 18 '14 at 0:01
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    If it's also one of the "this is too long for a comment and doubles as an answer in some things", I'd leave it. – Cole Johnson Aug 18 '14 at 0:52
  • I don't have enough reps to downvote you but I'll be sure to with my answer – TheGenesisBloke Aug 18 '14 at 1:04
  • Simply remove the comment privilege. Problem solved. – CodesInChaos Aug 18 '14 at 16:04
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If it's truly not an answer then should be flagged as such.

If the moderator who sees the flag is feeling generous and the "answer" is a good comment they may even convert it to such despite the fact the user doesn't have enough reputation. On Stack Overflow this is rare though.

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    @iStimple Well, of course you need to read the whole answer before doing anything. I thought that was implied since anything else would be downright unreasonable. – Christian Rau Aug 18 '14 at 2:12
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    @iStimple - The assumption (yeah I know) was that the OP was talking about cases where it truly was a comment - but if you're being pedantic.... – ChrisF Aug 18 '14 at 8:17
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Just because the phrase

I don't have enough reps to comment, so I'll answer

or a phrase like that is in the answer, does not mean that it's not an answer.

I've actually ran a query searching for posts that included phrases like that many times before. I can tell you that more than 60% of the time , it is an actual answer, and should not be deleted or flagged as Not An Answer.

So you must read the whole answer. Does it try to answer the question? If so , then just edit out the useless phrase of "not enough rep, so I'll leave an answer" or whatever, and upvote/downvote if you want.

If it really is not an answer, then flag it as Not an Answer, and downvote if you want.

I suggest reading this absolutely brilliant post by Shog on when an answer is and isn't an answer Your answer is in another castle: when is an answer not an answer?.

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LPT: If you're pressing "No Action Needed", you're not working hard enough.

  • Edit!
    • Retag
    • Reword the title (for questions)
    • Correct spelling/grammar
    • Formatting
    • Edit code in from a jsfiddle
  • Vote!
  • Flag/Close (if it's bad)

You should find something to do.

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    Sorry, but I couldn't find anything to edit on your answer. I voted if that works for you. ;) – Cole Johnson Aug 18 '14 at 0:53
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    @ColeJohnson Oh, voting always works for me :) – bjb568 Aug 18 '14 at 0:54
  • The question is about reviewing answers, so title/tags don't really apply. – user259867 Aug 18 '14 at 1:05

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