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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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4answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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3answers
463 views

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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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0answers
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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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