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Questions tagged [answers-in-comments]

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I have a partial answer or useful response to a question, but I cannot create a full answer out of it. What should I do? [duplicate]

Suppose I'm reading a question. It's interesting, I want to help, and I can immediately think of one or two insights that would be useful in constructing or improving a good answer to that question. ...
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A question has some facts majorly wrong: should I be correcting them in comments or an answer?

I've come across a question where the querent has some facts majorly wrong, and they seem to be a substantial cause of the problem they're describing. I know that we refrain from answering in ...
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Are comments an appropriate place for tidbits that would be bad answers, but good info for the asker to know?

Occasionally, I see a question for which I don't know enough to write a good answer, but I happen to know something that I think would be useful for someone asking that question to know. Example 1: ...
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what button makes a comment appear as an answer?

If I post a question then someone answers said question as a comment how do I say that’s the right answer, (what button do I click) so that they get the proper recognition? How do I vote a comment as ...
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What is the best way to respond to an incorrect answer when a comment is not enough?

I just had an answer to the question What can someone do while forced to doff armor from the heat metal spell removed, with the suggestion that it might be better as a comment. I initially started ...
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Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments?

There are situations, when you know SOMETHING that is related to the question but its insubstantial to be a proper answer, in example lets imagine a question: In which edition of game X dwarves are ...
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should I post an answer to a slightly old question that already has some good answers?

to be more specific, should I post an answer to a question if I like at least one of the answers it already has, but I believe it is missing something that I myself could add, or should I just add ...
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What's with the policy on deleting answer comments on on-hold questions?

I understand that the policy is not to allow any answers whatsoever in the comments, but there is a bit of a weird situation when it comes to [on hold] questions. Lately I've been encountering a lot ...
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How to deal with answers in comments?

Related: How much of an answer/suggestion should be in comments to questions? Related (newer): Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments? What’s the best way to deal with ...
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What should I do if the most valuable response came in a comment rather than an answer?

Yesterday I asked a question, and while I received some really solid answers, I found the most helpful response to come from a comment. I have already urged the commenter to boil down the essence of ...
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How much of an answer/suggestion should be in comments to questions? [duplicate]

Here's a scenario: New user asks question ignorant of the site's format. While some are commenting on their question and their question is/is not getting closed, others "answer" in the comments to ...