I once saw a really good answer in the comments, but the question was unanswered and I (please don't say I'm a plagiariser) took that answer in the comments and made it into an answer and reworded it differently.

I didn't want the question to remain unanswered, but the answer I put (which was the only one) got -3 votes and I ended up deleting it.

This happened again, but that time I credited the person, and I got -5 votes on it, so I deleted it again.

Finally, this happened on another SE Q&A site, but I didn't cite the author this time, and the answer is at 0 votes.

Can anyone explain why people don't like this?

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    Maybe there were reasons why others answered in comments and not writing an actual answer. – πάντα ῥεῖ Jul 9 '18 at 17:31
  • Seems to me people don't like that kind of behavior. Maybe you should be supplying your own answers instead of poaching? – user1228 Jul 9 '18 at 18:14
  • Also how did the Questions' score look when you posted your answers? – πάντα ῥεῖ Jul 9 '18 at 18:40
  • I think answers belong to the answer section, and expanding a comment into an answer is a service when attributed properly. If a question shouldn't be answered, it shouldn't be answered in the comments either. – Joonas Ilmavirta Jul 9 '18 at 19:30
  • @JoonasIlmavirta So report the comment (or even better communicate with a moderator of the community) to decide what should be done. In other words, get the comment deleted, then submit an answer (but the comment should be reported either way) but I suspect the downvotes has nothing to do with you turning a comment into an answer. Can you provide screenshots of those answers? – Ramhound Jul 10 '18 at 1:50
  • @Ramhound here is the link to the -3 question. stackoverflow.com/questions/51177396/… I cannot put the answer back for 5 days b/c my account is suspended. Sadly, the I cannot find the second one with -5 – Trooper Z Jul 10 '18 at 16:42
  • So you failed to mention the fact there are two different meta questions, as a result of the comment you used to answer the question. You should seek advice from the SO community, on how to improve your answer, since I cannot see the deleted answer (which is the reason I asked for a screenshot of the answer), I can only assume the votes were justified. – Ramhound Jul 10 '18 at 17:59
  • @Ramhound when my account gets unsuspended, I will undelete it. also i have credited the the author in that one – Trooper Z Jul 10 '18 at 18:47
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    @TrooperZ - You should leave it deleted. The votes against the answer were justified. – Ramhound Jul 10 '18 at 21:47

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