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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 ...
The Photon's user avatar
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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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Can overaggressive, unproductive, targeted negative commenting here be unproductive? Did it happen on my question? Can it be reduced?

Since I'm the one that took the time to answer your questions, I thought it might be fair to also spend a bit of time on your meta post, uhoh: Now the answer to the question is simple and I'd thought ...
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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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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

The comment is primarily there to provide feedback to the OP. Whether other agree with it or not is secondary.
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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

Think of it from the OP's point of view. What would you rather see, a question closed with only one of the canned text to explain why, or a more detailed explanation from someone that voted to close? ...
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Should we make it mandatory to explain close comments?

The message is delivered by the close vote system and is near the header of the message after the message is closed. If the question can be fixed, the user can follow the instructions and edit the ...
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Maybe I'm two more deleted comments closer to a suspension

Intro I have written this for a general audience, as I expect the background info may be interesting to other site members, with the part responding to the specific Meta question above near the bottom ...
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Should I delete comments making suggestions to improve questions when OP applies them?

Absolutely. Comments are supposed to be transient. This also includes comments like "Ok, fixed", "Thank you" etc. However, as PlasmaHH points out, tracking all your comments would be a chore, that's ...
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MCU pushers, the lot of ya!

In the case of your own questions, responders have suggested MCUs because it is clear from your question that you have not thought the problem through at all. It's obvious to an experienced person ...
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users below 50 rep can still comment OP

First, your answer was deleted and turned into a comment by a moderator. As long as your comment is relevant to the question, I'm not going to just delete it to enforce the rules, consider it some ...
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Missing/deleted comments

You've been around here long enough that you should know comments, especially lengthy comment chains, get deleted occasionally. I didn't see this question originally, but guessing from your post and ...
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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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Can overaggressive, unproductive, targeted negative commenting here be unproductive? Did it happen on my question? Can it be reduced?

While I can see why you may feel there is a disagreement, I fail to see how one question constitutes a trend. My advice: if you see anything that does not comply with the code of conduct, then flag it ...
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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 were these comment not unfriendly or unkind or rude or condescending and flags rejected?

I've flagged one comment as "not nice" after the rollout of the new guidelines. The flag was declined, but the comment disappeared nonetheless, which I suppose is the goal. I suppose the mods thus ...
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MathJax in chat

SE is unlikely to ever enable MathJax in chat, as that was suggested and declined on main meta years ago. Former SE employee Shog9 explained why SE declined this feature request. You can look at the &...
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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

If somebody voted to close a question, the system automatically generates indicators. The questions is added to the the close review queue. "close (n)", where n is the current number of close votes, ...
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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 ...
dim's user avatar
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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 ...
Russell McMahon's user avatar
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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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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

It's not that its allowed -- its that when prompted for certain "other" close reasons in the close menus, you're forced to type something, and that something is automatically added to the comments. A ...
Scott Seidman's user avatar
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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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Should we make it mandatory to explain close comments?

I'm a moderator. You have my sympathies. The site has certain rules which need to be followed AND it has users with free will who do things that do not always seem to make sense to others - sometimes ...
Russell McMahon's user avatar
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MathJax in chat

One thing to know is that comments are treated like post-it notes and they can be thrown away by SE. Their attitude is that relevant information should be posted in an answer, and not in comments. So ...
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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Should I delete comments making suggestions to improve questions when OP applies them?

You can flag comments as no longer needed (flag button on left of comment) Make sure you don't create too much work for the moderators and only use this on a needed basis.
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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Why did I receive a 10 day suspension for what I believe is a perfectly valid comment with no ill-intent whatsoever?

Since I'm currently online, I'll give a partial reply. At this stage, I'm deliberately not responding fully to your questions, for the reasons I explain below. Why was I suspended for ten days for ...
SamGibson's user avatar
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Should we make it mandatory to explain close comments?

Should we make it mandatory to explain close comments? No we should not, for much the same reasons that down-voting doesn't require comments. In many cases all it would end up doing is to invite a ...
brhans's user avatar
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MCU pushers, the lot of ya!

Why is there this great push for all solutions to all problems to be solved with an MCU? Design problems rarely come alone. MCUs can solve more than one design problem at a time, and do that flexibly....
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