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What should be done with questions that have been self-resolved as a comment instead of an answer?

I'm trying to go through and provide answers to every unanswered question (search "closed:0 answers:0"), somewhat following the spirit that was blogged about at The Horror of No Answer: ...
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How to handle an answer as a comment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to handle questions which are answered in the comments? Someone answered a question of mine in a comment. How do I handle the situation? I don't want to leave the question ...
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Answering comment-answered questions [duplicate]

This one is more of a netiquette question. Sometimes I stumble on "unanswered" questions that were actually answered - in their comments. Those questions are shown as unanswered in the statistics. ...
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Got an answer to a bounty'd question, but it was in a comment. What to do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to handle questions which are answered in the comments? How to Give Credit for An Answer in the Comments I asked a question, and I didn't get an answer, so I put up a ...
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Can't accept the answer to my question [duplicate]

I'm new here, this was my first question. Got an answer quite fast, but can't accept it. I'm logged in, can edit my question, but don't see any checkmarks to accept answers at all (tried in Google ...
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What to do with questions that are unanswered but answered in the comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to handle questions which are answered in the comments? I was going through the unanswered questions today and came across JasperReports | Bad exception in PDF exporting. ...
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Is there a way to get a question off the unanswered list if it's answered in a comment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to handle questions which are answered in the comments? The user who posted this question promptly realized her simple mistake and posted a comment with the obvious answer....
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Create answer from comment when there are no answers [duplicate]

Recently I've seen a couple of questions (across various SE sites) that I could answer, upon reading the question & comments I've found that it's been answered as a comment but there's no actual ...
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What if we get an answer in user comments? [duplicate]

I asked a question on Stack Overflow, How to align a td text to the left of the table. For that question I got answered by Gintas K's comments, but I can't accept that comment as the accepted ...
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Unanswered questions which were answered in the comments [duplicate]

Some questions are being answered quickly in on of the comments; in some cases, the OP even "accepts" (in words, in another comment) the comment-answer. Here's an example. The problem is that such ...
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Is there a way to close questions that were answered by comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I handle questions which are answered in the comments? I like going over unanswered questions and have a try in answering them - but there are some questions - like ...
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Improving the comment section with new tools [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mark a comment as answer to a question How should I handle questions which are answered in the comments? Please read before posting as duplicate.This is not the first time ...
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Comments that solve the problem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to handle questions which are answered in the comments? How to avoid unanswered questions with answers in comments Recently, I asked a question on SO, and the answer was ...
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Question comments as question answers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I handle questions which are answered in the comments? Allow converting comments to answers I found many questions with no answers but with many valuable comments. ...
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Old guy can't figure out how to approve answer [duplicate]

I posted my first question to Stack Overflow and received two replies. I clicked on the link in the provided e-mail and the question, and two responses, were shown. I decided to accept one of the ...
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What's the etiquette when a comment leads me to an answer? [duplicate]

I posted a question on Stack Overflow and another user's ("User Y") comment led me to a solution. I replied to User Y and asked them to submit their comment as an answer, in which case I'll happily ...
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Why do some people answer in comments?

Why do some people post comments that are actually answers to the question? Wouldn't posting an answer be better?
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Mark a comment as the answer to a question

I have a question and have seen others to which the best and most relevant answer (at least the one that solved my particular problem) is placed in the comments to the question as opposed to the ...
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Should old questions with a solution in the comments but no posted answer be answered?

I've been searching through old, unanswered (i.e. zero answers) in the ``mysql-error-1064` tag (just as an example), and I've across several questions that: have been answered in the comments could ...
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How to avoid unanswered questions with answers in comments

I know there are a number of questions asking what to do with questions with answers in the comments. I'm looking at it from the point of view of searching unanswered questions with a specific tag. ...
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My Question was “answered” in a comment, How do I close the question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unanswered Question - Answered in comments Almost two months ago I asked a question. My question was only partially answered, and only in the form of comments. One of which ...
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Introduce flags for comments that half-answer a question

Comments are just for requesting clarification and arguing with people, right? ;) Yet lately I'm seeing this more and more often (no data available; sorry to pick you specifically, Barry): What ...
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I answered a question and now a person is disturbing me

I posted an answer on Stack Overflow, and now a person is disturbing me. They say that I should have posted that answer as a comment. The questioner said thanks for my answer! He said that my answer ...
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General policies on answering closed questions in the comments?

There has already been a question regarding questions answered in comments. There have been a few situations when the question was closed unanswered by the community and then answered by another user ...
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What are best practices to contribute to cleaning up unanswered questions?

I was spending a little time looking for questions with 0 answers that I could answer, and found this one where the answer was actually in the comments (Rails Server won't run after upgrading ...
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A new button “solved” in questions [duplicate]

When we're searching for an unanswered question, we're faced with thousand of finished questions, but unanswered, because there was a conversation via comments. A good new feature would be to add a "...
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Upvoting the automatically created duplicate comment could count as half a close vote

So low-rep users could help closing duplicates without flagging. No other close action of course, that would render the rep-requirement useless.
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What to do about a comment that correctly answers my question by linking to a duplicate?

I asked a question and an answer was given in comments. The answer was a pointer to another question, and my question is a duplicate of one. There are a few problems here. First, should I delete ...
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Answers embedded in questions by low rep users

I've been "working" the unanswered question queue in VB.NET and have come across quite a few questions with answers either embedded in the question body (by the OP) or answers in the comments section (...
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Referencing Data from other answers or comments under Creative Commons

It is not uncommon for a question be solved in the comments before a formal answer is given. Is it then poor etiquette to take the solution out of the comments and formally combine it into an answer ...
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What to do when a comment holds the answer to my question [duplicate]

Should I simply repost the answer and reference the commenter? Thanks a lot in advance!
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Marking question answered if the answer occurs in the comments section? [duplicate]

I've begun noticing questions that look unanswered to the standard "answered" interface, but in the question area an answer was provided fully in the form a comment or several comments. Protocol for ...