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Questions tagged [answers-as-comments]

For issues related to comments that should have been answers

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Different standards of conduct on different Stack Exchange sites? [closed]

I want to know clearly, if diversity in the working standard of good and bad conduct across different sites should be flexibly allowed or if we should have the same standard of defining good and bad ...
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How to: Post Comment, not Answer [duplicate]

I'm new to Stack Exchange. I've noticed time and time again, questions get little "clarification requests" in a shaded blue directly beneath. These comments are clearly not posted answers, but I don'...
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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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2answers
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Hey you. Yeah, you! Post your answers as answers, not comments

This is a public request to all Meta Stack Exchange users. There's a certain behaviour pattern that's... not great, but common, and this is basically a request to do this differently. More ...
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2answers
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Flag questions where OP says they solved it themselves in comments

I have seen a lot of questions ending up with the OP writing a comment like fixed! solved it by doing x or y forget it found it out myself ..And so on. I have a phrase to this, when I meet it: "You ...
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2answers
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Can I copy content from third party sources into my SO answer?

In this post @MitchWheat commented with a link to his blog, exposing some useful content to the OP. I thought that this content would make a good answer and no answer with that content seemed to be ...
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3answers
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Is posting someone's comment as an answer okay? [duplicate]

I came across this question and at the time there were no suggested answers. After reading Mark Hubbart's comment (at the time with four upvotes), which was the correct answer, and seeing that it had ...
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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 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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2answers
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What to do about answers in the comments? [duplicate]

I've noticed this for a while now - people answer questions with a comment instead of an answer on SO. I'm not sure why, if I understand correctly "great comments" don't gain rep. The only ...
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1answer
413 views

Allow asker to upgrade comment to answer

I'm sorry if this has been suggested before but it seems to be a common occurrence that people answering questions (at least on Stack Overflow) post their answers as comments (perhaps to avoid getting ...
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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: Revival and ...
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4answers
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Answer appears automatically converted as a comment

I posted an answer (pointing to another question already asked) but when I hit submit, I saw my answer appear as a comment to the question instead. I tried it a couple of times and still the same ...
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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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1answer
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Answers converted to comments should retain upvotes

When the moderators convert some answers to comments based on flag requests from other users, I think it should also convert no. of upvotes to the corresponding comment votes. Eg:- If an answer with ...
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1answer
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Suggestion: Allow everyone to comment; but comments need to be “approved” until user reaches rep of 50

It seems that sometimes, a comment is better than making an answer. I know (now) that moderators can convert an answer to a comment, but the process seems a little backwards. You have to KNOW to ...
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1answer
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Accept an answer where the actual answer is located in the comments? [duplicate]

I got a rather unsatisfactory answer on Stack Overflow but the subsequent discussion with the answerer (in the comments below) was helpful. Should I accept his answer? Or is there a way to accept a ...
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2answers
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How to deal with 1-rep users who answer but should comment

I've seen some quiet 1-rep users (on SO, SU) who are posting answers like "I have the same question" or "Thank you, this works." Normally I'd tell those users to remove their answers and post them as ...
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1answer
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How should I handle questions which are answered in the comments? [duplicate]

Sometimes I have asked a question which got no answers, but is answered in the comments to the question. How should I handle these questions? I can't accept an answer, so it is never an accepted ...
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4answers
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Allow converting comments to answers

Allow converting comments to answers, so they can become accepted answers. I asked a question. Someone commented on it, and it was an awesome comment that fully answered the question. As the original ...
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5answers
271 views

Can we stop people from answering questions in the comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do some people answer in comments? There seems to be a trend lately of people answering SO questions in the comments under the question. I don't mind seeing discussions ...
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10answers
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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?