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Why do people answer in comments?

Question is opinion based and should be closed. Question is too broad and should be closed. The question is a good one and deserves a complete answer, but I only have time to give a brief answer. I ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

I can see me and other people doing it, despite being discouraged, because: the answer is only a partial one there is only time for me to write a bit to nudge things into the right direction there ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

I use both the mobile website and the regular desktop website, depending on where I am and what device I'm using. When I browse questions during my lunch break, I can easily upvote interesting ...
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Answering an old question that has an accepted answer

As long as you are adding something new, it's not really a problem to make a new answer. You can also mention why other answers are incorrect in your answer, though try to avoid phrases like "The ...
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Asking questions that you will eventually self-answer

It is acceptable on SE to answer your own question. However, the issues you mention do apply. You might edit the question by adding a section at the bottom called something like "Solution Eventually ...
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Do I need to include a target-audience disclaimer in this disputed answer?

Due to third-party intervention, the post has now been unlocked. Further, after reflection, I felt the moderator in question had some good criticisms about my answer. I have edited it accordingly, ...
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Can I answer my question with a comment screenshot?

In general what you're proposing is OK but don't do it as a screenshot, instead copy the comment(s) as text to the answer and give credit to the person that wrote it with a link to their profile. It's ...
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Is encouragement of bad questions tolerable?

Personally, I often answer questions that are a bit vague, or possibly would be 'more on-topic' on another SE site, provided that: I feel I have an accurate view of what the OP meant to ask The ...
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What to do with wrong accepted answers on old posts?

This question comes up quite a bit on Stack Overflow and I don't think there's a 100% "right" way but I thought I'd repeat this answer by assylias that seems to cover the options pretty well: upvote ...
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Should 'I think' answers be allowed?

There is little reason to call for a mechanism not already baked in to the SE interface. If the "I think" answers are wrong, downvote them and note why in a comment. There are reasons why answers ...
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Should 'I think' answers be allowed?

I will point out that this question is not to do with this question and its answers in particular. It is in general across the whole site. We shouldn't enforce a general rule against "I think" and "I ...
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Should we do anything with this multi-part answer?

You're right, they definitely should be four separate answers.
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Should 'I think' answers be allowed?

"I think" answer can be useful. It can give the asker something to look into more. That's a lot better then not knowing what to look into at all. Maybe it won't work out, but it should be a lot ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

Usually users don't come up with a question can be answered, because they don't read any info on how to use the site, don't care about being part of the community and just want\expect an answer. I'm ...
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Question about question links

You should not have to follow any links to understand a good answer. That said, links to pages explaining details or alternatives usually makes an answer better and more complete. Therefore, it does ...
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Should 'I think' answers be allowed?

Questions that call for "I guess..." answers (because there's no way to know the correct answer), should be closed as "Opinion based". For example, common questions in this category are Why didn't [...
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Should we do anything with this multi-part answer?

I've split it into four new answers and deleted the old one.
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May comments be used to answer old unanswered questions?

Absolutely! If people choose to write answers in comments, that's on them. There's no reason for you not to put the same information into an actual answer.
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Why do people answer in comments?

I wanted to say that as a comment (again) on Olin's answer, but it's actually too long to fit. Technically, that is right, there are questions, answers, and that's all. This is if we consider, as ...
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Is encouragement of bad questions tolerable?

I believe my comment actually answers the question, so I'll post it as such. The truth is, StackOverflow rules encourage people to answer bad questions, and requests to change this situation are ...
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What is the acceptable level of hostility towards questions?

I have noticed this pretty much every time I have asked a question here. As an Electrical Engineer you do see this mentality in real life in colleges and from many others in the professional world as ...
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What to do with wrong accepted answers on old posts?

Would it be good practice to edit it myself and use the strikeout style for the part that is wrong (still leaving it here so the comments and context still make sense)? Absolutely not. That's ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

Rep is not an issue for me. It is sometimes easier and faster to throw a few (or even many) thoughts into a comment that I expect to be useful to a seeker who cares. This saves formatting etc while ...
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What do we do about a deeply wrong answer to a homework question?

You are right, the question should have been closed, but there is no timeframe for closing (because there are not enough people participating in the moderation system) and unfortunately the question ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

Sometimes I know an answer or a helpful suggestion, but I don't have the time nor inclination to make a full-fledged answer post. In those cases I may add it as a comment, reasoning that a comment is ...
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Self-answer as an edit within the question

I wouldn't worry about it. No, there's no way to convert an edit into an answer, even for diamond mods. And the OP is around, so there's some hope he'll take the suggestion in your comment.
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Does this community have an official stance on entire paragraphs of an answer devoted to berating the asker?

We are all volunteers here. Asking a question about a unusual variant of something common, and not pointing that out is wasting time and is volunteer abuse. Either the OP hadn't thought about it, or ...
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Handling users who persistently try to use EESE as a blog or discussion forum

Blogging or many multiple edits is behavior that is not condoned, the users should be educated and given a period of time to correct their behavior. SE is currently focusing on retaining new users and ...
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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What about adding info from other answers in to my own answer?

Can/should Person A mention the ground plane issue? Yes, if they expand on it. If all you are doing is copy/pasting/rephrasing, then you are wasting everyones time....
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Why do people answer in comments?

Let's keep in perspective that comments aren't answers, so technically nobody is answering a question in comments. Comments can be and sometimes are deleted. They must be thought of as expendable ...
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