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I tried to search for this in the FAQ and in other questions, but my doubt remains.

Opening this question, but happens quite frequently, I've seen that sometimes are posted comments containing what is effectively an answer to the question, even if brief (and sometimes not even that).

So i wonder if there is a policy for choosing between the two options, or what is the reason to choose to comment instead of answering.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ sometimes comment = quick, poor answer \$\endgroup\$ – endolith Jan 19 '12 at 21:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ But my doubt is when the question seems requiring a simple and/or short answer, do you think that is better to add not required but related informations, or just be straightforward? \$\endgroup\$ – clabacchio Jan 19 '12 at 21:21
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I think answers should be well-researched and authoritative. If the answer is a brief one-liner or just a pointer to a website or really needs more input to confirm, I'll leave it as a comment.

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