3

In all Stack Exchange sites and communities, we have plenty of questions in which their answers are in the comment.
I have the experience that I answered a question on the comment section of a question which was just some note and a link.

My question is, should I post the comment as an answer? Even it's just a simple comment?

I don't know what is the best action in this situation and I think it's rude if I post the comment as an answer just for getting a reputation.

| |
  • 2
    If you post a short Answer (even if a complete Answer) it gets converted into a Comment! – Milliways Feb 5 at 23:39
  • 1
    I often post Answers (which amount to a link to another Answer) - particularly in Questions which are burdened with excessive waffly Comments. – Milliways Feb 5 at 23:40
4

There's nothing rude about doing something for reputation except cheating, which is probably not all that worthwhile since you can't redeem those points for anything else anyway. The whole point of reputation is to indicate and enable people who are doing positive things for the community, which is where the votes come from.

I'm very guilty of posting what amounts to answers in comments; usually I do this because I do not want to take the time to flesh it out in the way I would be prone to do in an answer (I'm also very guilty of being very long-winded, so sometimes this is perhaps for the best).

Sometimes "not fleshing it out" means the comment is not of a form that I think will actually be digestible by the OP (= "original poster", generally referring to whoever asked the question). In those cases, part of my intention is to leave a clue for someone in a position to mediate by turning that clue into something more digestable in answer form.

Point being, if you ever see a comment by someone else that amounts to an answer and you have an understanding of the context, please feel free to turn it into an answer. Even more so if it is a comment by you, but do not feel that it's an absolute requirement.

| |

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .