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50 reputation for making comments is too high [duplicate]

In general I like the reputation system, but personally 50 seems too high to be able to comment on other people's answers. I want to contribute. I want to dabble a toe in the water. Yet my only ...
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2answers
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Why does Stack Overflow prevent new users from commenting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment Recently, I was told: Welcome to Stack Overflow. You'll get the privilege to add comments when you get 50 reputation points....
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5answers
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Remove reputation minimum to comment [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment On SO, I think that this limit does more harm than good; comments in this thread make some of the points I'm about to here. ...
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1answer
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Mechanism to Allow New Users to Comment Everywhere [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment I understand why Stack Overflow does not allow new users to comment everywhere: this keeps discussions from being dominated by ...
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3answers
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How to get better Reputation when you can't Comment [duplicate]

I often get the comment on my answers that "this should be a comment." They are right, it should be, but I can't because I need 50 rep to comment on questions. I think it should be possible ...
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2answers
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Why can't we comment on questions when new user? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment Why does Stack Overflow prevent new users from commenting? I'm new here and wanted to help someone on StackOverflow. The ...
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1answer
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“You must have 50 reputation to comment” [duplicate]

I am really, really angry with the ridiculous "reputation" system which disallows just about anything. I want to improve posts by commenting - thus building actual reputation -, yet there is no way '...
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1answer
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Has the Comment system always required a minimum reputation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment Revisit “New users can't ask for clarifications except as answers” I just ran across a couple of questions ...
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2answers
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Comment reputation [duplicate]

I understand why you require rep to comment on answers, but you must realize this discourages experienced engineers who have yet to create an account from participating on the site.
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2answers
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Inability to reply to existing answers when reputation is insufficient is affecting answer quality adversely [duplicate]

One's inability to reply to existing answers, due to insufficient reputation, prevents qualified individuals from adding useful updates or corrections to answers. I don't say this to flatter myself, ...
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Why does commenting require reputation when answering a question does not? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment Is there any reason unregistered users (or users without rep) can answer a question but can't add comments? I ask because, ...
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1answer
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Why do you not allow comments until certain reputation is acquired on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment Lower commenting threshold to 1 rep I would really like to ask somebody a question through the comment system, but my ...
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1answer
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How do I gain the ability to comment on questions and answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How do comments work? I want to be able to comment on questions and answers, but I don't appear to have permission. I think I need a certain badge, but cannot find out what I ...
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1answer
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Change permissions for new users to comment [duplicate]

Anyone who has been on SO for any length of time has come across answers by new users that should be a comment. In a lot of cases these answers become downvoted and serves to discourage the user as ...
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0answers
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Why must a user have 50 points to enter a comment [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment I fail to understand the logic for preventing users with less than 50 points from being able to enter comments. The way ...
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1answer
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Why do I need at least 50 reputation to post a comment? [duplicate]

I just made an account, so I do not have any reputation yet. I know the answer on a question in a comment, I would like to post a comment to answer it, but I can't because I don't have enough ...
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0answers
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Reputation disparity between commenting and answering [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment I get that this probably isn't an issue for many users since 50 reputation (the current amount required to attain the "Comment ...
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81answers
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project! [closed]

In case you missed the first one, check out the se-quality-project tag. The quality project isn't one that we plan to ever finish, it's perennial and kicks in every 18 months or so after we've had ...
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1answer
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Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead?

Users with less than 50 reputation points cannot write comments on questions and answers that they don't own. Why does this limit exist? But I want to contribute now. What should I do instead? But I ...
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1answer
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What HTML tags are allowed on Stack Exchange sites?

The Stack Overflow site engine, as you know, uses Markdown for questions and answers. Per the Markdown specification, you are allowed to freely intermix HTML and Markdown tags. Not all HTML tags are ...
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5answers
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How does a lurker gain reputation to receive privilege for commenting? [duplicate]

I have been reading Stack Exchange for years - mostly not logged in, and have never posted (this is my first). I'm simply not very talkative, and very good at googling. Recently a few occasions have ...
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9answers
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Allow anyone to comment but hide low-rep users' comments until reviewed

I've seen so many should-be-a-comment "edits" or "answers" in the review queues by new users, and it's pretty obvious that to them this was the only way to somehow interact with a ...
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4answers
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Should moderators be able to convert answers into comments?

Example of where it would be useful Another example Clearly, that was the result of an inexperienced user. If a question gets a bunch of replies, then the "comment" could easily get lost in the ...
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2answers
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How to get initial reputation on Stack Overflow with the new-user restrictions in place?

I understand that reputation can be gained by answering questions. However, it seems that more often than not the questions do not contain all the required information to give an answer. Since new ...
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5answers
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Is the official comment policy obsolete, and should we change it?

Here's what the "comment everywhere" privilege page currently states: When should I comment? Comments are intended to: provide feedback on posts add relevant, but minor, information to ...
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3answers
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Are unregistered users making more pain than gain?

I have seen multiple questions here on meta discussing how to merge accounts that have originated as unregistered user. Today it was this post on Music.SE where someone had posted a question under ...
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1answer
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The cardiologist can't tell if my heart is beating!

I have found a... strange, to say the least, error on Stack Overflow. I was just browsing normally and I decided to open the error console, and I saw this: Uncaught TypeError: Cannot call method '...
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4answers
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Lower commenting threshold to 1 rep

I know it's like it is for some reason, but on Gaming we get a lot of new users that post comments as answers because they have 1 rep. Is it possible to lower the rep requirement for commenting to 1 ...
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2answers
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My answer asking for clarification was removed

I left a comment on the Stack Overflow question Connect to Skype asking for clarification, but this was removed because it's not an answer. I was told what not to do, but I wasn't informed how ...
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2answers
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What's the justification for the commenting reputation requirement? [duplicate]

You require a reputation of 50 to leave comments on others' questions/answers; the FAQ simply states this as a fact but does not explain it. I'm a new user and I have identified this as an issue very ...
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3answers
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Consider: Users with 50 reputation in any of the SO sites should be able to comment everyone in all of the SO sites

I use comments to verify things before I try to answer. I can see way one might want to limit new users from commenting: It prevent spam and unrelated comments, although it has disadvantages as it ...
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2answers
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Suggestions to replace 50rep-barrier

New users have to get 50 reputation points to be able to comment. I disagree with this design choice, because: If you are mostly just reading instead of writing, it takes ages to get 50 reputation, ...
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1answer
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Change the error message that the new user gets when he/she tries to make his first comment

Recently I was informed that a new user on this site needed 50 rep to comment, because of protection against-spammers. My proposal is to change the error message that the new user gets. How about ...
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2answers
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Should I flag answers that would be comments, were it not for the 50 rep. requirement?

So, I believe the policy is that things should only be flagged as "not an answer" when they are completely irrelevant, or are things like "thanks", "me too", etc. So, then, should I flag this answer ...
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3answers
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How can I contribute when reputation is required?

When I have something to add or request to a question, currently my only option is to answer it. Is the reasoning that I should not contribute because the user will probably not want my help as I ...
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2answers
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Reputation Levels

I can't figure out why with my measly 38 reputation I can post answer, but not comments. Very often I find a point that should go in a comment, since it's not an actual answer, but either have to pass ...
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3answers
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1 Comment per week if properly used for below 50 rep user

Comments are an important feature. They are especially crucial to the site, because they allow others to suggest abstract improvements or ask for clarification in answers and questions. They are also ...
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Does the SE search engine search the term among comments and answers?

Does the SE search engine search the term among comments and answers, or only questions? For example I want to find a comment and I remember some words of it, is there a way to find it?
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1answer
104 views

New users should be able to comment in order to contribute [duplicate]

Here are some of my observations: many new users are often technically strong enough to contribute. new users are often "forced" to use an answer as the only way of contributing. I believe injustice ...
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1answer
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How to review comment-as-an-answer in Low Quality queue?

How to review comment-as-an-answer in Low Quality queue when, and only when the answerer states "I can't comment on the answer given" or similar? (Update: this answer, which very well may have been ...
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1answer
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How can I comment to questions when I don't have enough reputation? [duplicate]

I came across a question for which I have the correct answer. But since the question is a duplicate and the answer only requires a link to that question, the best way to provide the link would be in ...
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1answer
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How to handle user posting a question as answer since the user can't comment [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to deal with 1-rep users who answer but should comment How to handle user posting a question as answer ?.I downvoted and now the user is complaining that he hasn't got 50 ...
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2answers
150 views

Allow new users to post comments against questions

Every time I look through the list of posts by new users I see a number of "answers" that read something along the lines of: Hi have you got any solutions for this? My normal response to this is ...
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3answers
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“Comment as Answer” option when answering a question

There should be a way to mark your answer as a comment, similar to how you can mark it as a community wiki post. This will make it easier to distinguish which answers are legitimate answers. We are ...
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1answer
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Can we let low reputation users know that they can't comment?

I recently came across this question on apple.stackexchange.com and wanted to add a comment, not an answer. But I couldn't since I didn't have the necessary reputation. But I could post an answer. I ...
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1answer
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Don't require 50 reputation for commenting on questions [duplicate]

Before down voting: If you down vote, leave a comment; the least you could do is prove that you care by leaving a comment of why you down voted. Down voting with no comment really only hurts the ...
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1answer
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Allow 1 rep users to comment if approved by 2 members?

Sometimes there are answers that should be comments, sometimes it happens because the user can't post a comment on questions/answers that he doesn't own. Here is one example of that... This isn't ...
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2answers
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Enhance the visibility of commenting rules for new users

It is very clear know that low-reps users understand the comment privilege exist and they don't have it in the beggining... However it is not clear it is about commenting in general and not the ...
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1answer
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How should we deal with answers from new users that are actually comments? How should a new user ask for clarification about a question?

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 ...
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0answers
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Allow new users 1 comment? [duplicate]

I don't know if it's a problem on all sites, but on Genealogy & Family History SE I see that often new users just want to add a comment, but they can't because there is a 50 rep requirement. So ...

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