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Answers to questions should be posted as an answer, not a comment. What is wrong with answering a question in the comment section? Stack Exchange websites are sites focused on questions and answers. They have a lot of community features that make them better than other types of sites: Questions and answers can be edited (improved) later, either by the ...


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I just dismissed a similar flag on this comment, so I thought I'd come here and explain my reasoning. (FWIW, I don't know who the flagger was.) While I accept the comment isn't strictly necessary, having a single friendly comment that people can upvote on a post of this nature seems ok to me. It makes the site feel a bit more human and doesn't really get in ...


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Flags should be used for things that require a mod's attention. 100 comments each saying "sorry" would get annoying, and the system would trigger a flag. But 1 comment with +100 upvotes isn't really a big deal. What's strange to me is why this concerns you. You've neither asked nor answered any questions on Money.SE. Why did this even cause you such grief ...


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It's covered by "no longer needed" (you can think the "and it never was" as you click).


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Sorry, it was my fault the replies didn't get cleaned up too. I was cleaning up the comment thread but got distracted half-way through and didn't come back to it. I've done that now. I deleted the comment itself because it wasn't clarifying the question, but rather an answer. In general comments are considered temporary post-it notes, not part of the long-...


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EDIT - We have an example in the wild that raises an issue tied to this question. Friend was brainwashed with MLM-/ponzi investment scam. What can I do? had a comment - Go to the police. This is fraud and is illegal. Sure, this will hurt your friend but better now then when he starts abusing of his position to fraud even more people... Which ...


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I think a short, friendly, kind sentiment in the comments is constructive enough. They are much more rare than rude comments, and, in my opinion, should be more welcome. Additionally, with the comment voting feature, the comments didn't get clogged with 107 people all saying the same thing. It only needed to be written once, and people could add their ...


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I found a post from a few years ago with someone asking for the same thing on Stackoverflow Meta, as well as a related suggestion that replied-to comments be undeletable without consent from the repliers. This discussion on those questions points out some significant problems with this. There are two that I think are most germane. First, it's not possible ...


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I suggest you imagine that Stack Exchange is a federation, i.e. a "partially self-governing states or regions under a central (federal) government", and that Money is one of those self-governing states. Some of how we have decided to act w.r.t. comments and their flagging will be particular to this site. Other Stack Exchange sites (especially those that are ...


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A comment that is clearly an answer should be deleted, full stop. Comments are not appropriate locations to give answers. Answering questions in the comments is harmful for the site; it ends up with questions that go unanswered, and it ends up with people thinking the site should work more like a forum. A comment that gives the appearance of an answer ...


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See past discussion. In principle you are correct, answers belong in answers. In practice there will always be disagreement whether something is a comment or answer, with no reliable line between them. Reality is fractal; human behavior more so. If you really think a comment should be an answer, you are free to turn it into one by quoting it in an answer ...


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The incentive already exists to leave an answer rather than a comment. Comments can get upvotes but no points are awarded. Similarly comments cannot get downvotes. Would a downvoted comment have sufficient penalty if there are no points deducted? Comments can be deleted without moderator attention if 3 (+ the number of upvotes) users flag them, that's lower ...


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