Asking my first question just a few hours ago, and almost immediately receiving excellent answers, I did my best to show my gratitude, which included voting up the answer as well as green-checking it. Moreover, I added comments thanking + commenting on the two answers, which seemed absolutely natural to me.
But then I checked the bouquet of achievements added to my list, noting that the content in my Remove New User Restrictions badge included the following:
What are protected questions? High traffic questions on the site may be protected to prevent "thanks", "me too!", and spam answers from new users
Ooops, sounded like I got that one premature! So I went to my question and deleted my own comments. My question is whether I did right in doing so. It feels so strange not properly thanking others for their effort, which they do completely free of charge, that I just have to ask (now when I got my Meta Privileges).
My own guess (substantially helped by this answer) is that the upvoting and accepting of an answer is the preferred way of thanking. Perhaps the background thought being that this way is more useful for both the provider (rep gaining) as well as the general reader (clarity), plus that it does not clog up the site with 'distractions'.
I agree with the former and see the point with the latter, even though explicit thanks are NOT merely distractions in my book. In any case, if ensured that this is the preferred custom, I will most certainly try to adapt. So please help ensure me.
Additional note: Assuming that the No Thank Comment custom is in place here, perhaps noting that should be part of the tour, i.e. by adding a mentioning of that somewhere around the text saying:
This site is all about getting answers. It's not a discussion forum. There's no chit-chat.
Just so those of us obsessively polite (at least in this respect) are warned.