I encountered a question where a person had put an answer in the comments, then the OP had commented again saying that answer worked, and thanks.

Here was the specific question, but I am asking in a general sense.

I commented to remind people to make proper answers instead of leaving the answers in the comments.


Would it have been OK for me to copy the correct answer from the comment to a new answer of my own, in order to solve the problem immediately? I wouldn't be doing it to claim credit, but because having a correct answer buried in the comments is not good for people browsing the site.

  • FWIW the OP just invited me to add it as an answer myself so I did. Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 23:12
  • This is called plagiarism and it is usually frowned upon. Commented Jan 5, 2018 at 3:36


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