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why are we not encouraging posting answers as an answer but not via comments?

You're always encouraged to answer questions as actual answers and not simply as comments. But it's really up to the individual users of the site to put in whatever effort they are most comfortable ...
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How should we deal with question answered in the comments?

Answers posted as comments are fair game. Here's what Tim Post, the Director of Stack Overflow Communities has to say about it: You don't have anything to feel guilty about. If the person was ...
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why are we not encouraging posting answers as an answer but not via comments?

I am very opposed to answers as comments. Using the comments robs us of the ability to vote up or down or suggest edits, and basically defeats the functioning of the Stack Exchange engine. And since ...
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Users deleting their questions after receiving answer as comment (stop answering in comments)

If you don't have the time to do that, then you don't have the answer. Correct. So leaving a comment may be an acceptable approach. I mention this because I have been chastised for leaving an "...
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Should I refrain from correcting syntax/coding errors in answers? It seems like they aren't encouraged

Unfortunately reviewers are not perfect—and I think you just happened to run into two very, uh, not perfect reviews. Neither of the reject reasons are correct: fixing a syntax error clearly makes an ...
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Users deleting their questions after receiving answer as comment (stop answering in comments)

Resisting the temptation to answer this in a comment... But yes, please, let’s write answers instead of comments (of course the users most likely to answer questions in comments are unlikely to read ...
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Is promoting another Stack Exchange site OK?

I see no issues with this. I do this myself, especially if a user has asked bioinformatics-related questions in the past. This was a question about parsing and reformatting a Fastq file from a user ...
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Users deleting their questions after receiving answer as comment (stop answering in comments)

I would add this a comment but.... I have a general rule: If a question is worth typing up an answer, then it is likely worth an up vote. So I will often up vote a question before I provide an ...
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Why is the reputation required to answer a question enormously high at 50?

No reputation is required to answer a question; from the list of privileges: 1 create posts Ask a question or contribute an answer (And you presumably know this, since you’ve answered questions on ...
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Self-promotion inside of comments, sometimes OK?

I don't think it's okay to link to your own site without disclosure, whether in a comment or an answer. I mostly agree with terdon's answer here. I see this as just setting a slightly higher bar: if ...
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Is it deemed decent practice to post a comment on someone's answer to invite him/her to answer my own question?

I would prefer that people not do this. Questions are already "linked" in that they are, or should be, tagged appropriately. People who are interested in specific topics tend to follow those tags, so ...
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When to "Comment", and when to "Answer"?

I'll refer to our Help Center's section on the "Comment" privilege, in part: When should I comment? You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; ...
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Was my behavior correct in this situation?

First off, thank you for taking the discussion to Meta instead of in comments! This is the right place to hash out "meta" level discussions like this one. Second, sorry to hear about your ...
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Deal with a question that doesn't have a proper answer But might help others

If the only fix you found was reinstalling, you can just post an answer saying that and accept it. Or I can close the question as non-reproducible (since a reinstall fixed it, it was probably ...
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Users deleting their questions after receiving answer as comment (stop answering in comments)

IMO, the comments are a valuable part of the ecosystem and of helping users. Making comments is a part of the game and the interactive process of interacting with the OP and community at large to ...
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Has it ever been officially stated that question authors shouldn't answer to requests for clarification in the comments?

I also have not yet found a canonical meta Q&A that clarifies this. Update: Based on @V2Blast's comment below, I've updated the Community How do comments work? FAQ to add an explicit statement ...
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Users deleting their questions after receiving answer as comment (stop answering in comments)

Overall agreed. However, here is a case where it is appropriate: When the "answer" is to point out the typo in the code in the question that is causing it not to work. This should be accompanied by ...
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Self-promotion inside of comments, sometimes OK?

I feel it's OK for very specific cases. The trigger for this discussion was a user who had posted links to relevant posts on their blog as comments on various questions/answers here. Yes, they had not ...
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why are we not encouraging posting answers as an answer but not via comments?

I believe there are legit reasons to provide an answer (or sometimes a hint) in a comment if: the question should not be answered (it's silly, duplicate, off-topic etc.) and either the question lacks ...
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Is it OK to debate in comments?

No, comments are not for extended discussion. From the Tour page: This site is all about getting answers. It's not a discussion forum. There's no chit-chat. Further, from the Help Center on the ...
Jeff Schaller's user avatar
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Was my behavior correct in this situation?

Was I wrong in flagging it as not an answer? Or better, why was i wrong to flag it as not an answer? The "not an answer" flag is incorrect in this context. The answer is a direct response ...
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Should I refrain from correcting syntax/coding errors in answers? It seems like they aren't encouraged

Fixing a wrong command is indeed a good edit, it's a shame yours got rejected. In the future, don't add the edit comment in the post just to get over the 6-character limit. Instead, fix some syntax / ...
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Is it deemed decent practice to post a comment on someone's answer to invite him/her to answer my own question?

I think it’s OK.  I’m somewhat able to answer questions about shell scripts, awk and sed (among other things), but I don’t always monitor the corresponding tags.  If somebody sees from one of my ...
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Unfriendly or unkind flag rejects stick even after flagged comments are deleted

You've raised several discussion points in your question, so I'll try to tackle the ones I noticed. I notice that my flags are rejected. This is astonishing, because by any reasonable interpretation ...
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Why was I notified on comments where I was not mentioned?

From How do comment @replies work? on the main Meta: Additionally, if a user comments on their own post and there is only one other person who has previously commented on that post, then that person ...
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1 Implement: Zero Comments

I don't think comments are a problem on unix.SE. It seems to me that they're deleted less aggressively here than on other sites, which IMO is just a good thing. There's nothing inherently wrong with ...
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Why is the reputation required to answer a question enormously high at 50?

To get a reputation higher than 50, all you need is five more up votes than down votes on answers given, or four and at least one accepted answer. Judging by your user page on unix.se, you currently ...
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Self-promotion inside of comments, sometimes OK?

I'm quite new to this whole SE universe, so either my comments are uneducated, and therefore serve no value, or they are fresh eyes and could be helpfull. So, here goes... I think a link, answer, ...
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Did I post a comment on this answer?

Comments can be deleted by the people who posted them as well as moderators, but in this case it was actually an entirely different answer. The author deleted the existing answer and posted an almost ...
Michael Mrozek's user avatar
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1 Implement: Zero Comments

Comments can be difficult, in my opinion. Some people use them to educate the owner of a post about something that the owner missed or possibly doesn't know, in the hopes that the owner learns and ...
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