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You can thank people in comments (many people appreciate it), just not in answers. You will probably find a few people around the site who take an ultra-cold approach to this and hate all forms for greeting and thanks but ignore them. Being polite isn't bad. Protected questions are often ones that are really popular and result in a whole load of new users —...


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There are few things more frustrating —from a site management point of view— than seeing somebody write an short answer as a comment, the OP say "Thanks that worked" and then everybody just walk away. Various elements in the system (that are there to help other people get help and answer the right things) require that answers go in the answers section. So ...


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I'm afraid this is something that simply isn't up for discussion. Yes, we want to build a resource of useful knowledge and technical help. However, just as importantly, we want t build a civil and friendly resource. If you can't ask or answer politely, then don't ask or answer at all. If you find this too restrictive, this might not be the right place for ...


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If people aren't posting answers properly, do it for them. From the stackoverflow announcement: Want to know an easy way to earn reputation? Find a question somewhere with several good, but incomplete, answers. Steal all the answers and write one long, complete, detailed answer which is better than the incomplete ones. Sit back and earn points while ...


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As pointed out by Mark Kirby, you can't effectively call on a particular user from a post they haven't yet commented on or edited, because an @user will not send them a notification. See this Meta Stack Exchange answer for details of when comment notifications are triggered. If you want to seek help from high rep users*, you can always find a few lurking in ...


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If you hover over the timestamp of a comment it becomes a link. Share that URL.


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And —in continuation to searchfgold6789's answer— if these comments are answers with question marks on the end, they should have been posted as answers in the first place. The difference is merely set dressing, flamboyance, explanation and example. If you want the points, have some conviction in what you're saying and spend some time writing it up. If you ...


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Nope. Comments are limited to: **bold** *italics* `code` [link text](http://example.com) There are also a few shortcuts for mentioning things like edit links, etc. See the full help on comments for a better understanding.


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Copy the link of the comment and add it to the question replacing the title of the comment by the user’s name. Something like this: This comment from rinzwind helped me get there: How to give credit to someone else when writing an answer based on a comment? I did that by clicking on the time next to my name in the comment and copying the link into the ...


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I'm a bit more relaxed about this than Jacob, mostly because I agree with the last sentence. Comment answers are a real pain because people trip over themselves in politeness to not transcribe it out into an answer. If you're just asking for output, it's a comment. If you have reason to think something will work, it's an answer. Explain that reason, what ...


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Another solution - If you see an new user with a good question, upvote it. We, the community, can solve the problem very easily, no need to force users to read FAQ or change the way the site works, we just need to be kinder to new users with our upvotes.


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As a fellow non-moderator, I cannot view most flags, nor any deleted comments. But from what I can see from your description here and the comments and status of the question, I don't think you've even remotely approached overstepping your bounds. Basically: you're fine. I think in your initial three-item bulleted list here, you've actually enumerated four ...


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It feels so strange not properly thanking others for their effort If one of the answer wasn't sustain enough, you can ask for clarification in comments, "thanks" are expressed in upvotes (or accepting their answers, but it can be just one!).


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Is there any mechanism to block trolls from harassing you? You report them. There is a option left of every comment where you can flag a comment. And you can flag an answer as "not an answer". Be sure to flag appropriate though. Flags that are not correct influence your score negatively. But who is it that is harassing you? I see one user that is trying ...


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Both of those questions have a single problem: they are crappy enough to merit closure. The first question is just 2 sentences and an image, there's nothing to start answering apart the only symptom. The second don't even has log files. It would be improved if OP provide better information that isn't just a screenshot (screenshots aren't even searchable), ...


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Yes, it is fine to comment before you downvote, even have a full conversation before you make up your mind. I will often leave a comment suggesting fixes before casting a vote, it gives to OP chance to respond and fix their post. Some will respond and some won't, so pin the tab, give it 24 hours and come back. Sometimes, it will be a user's response or ...


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Unfortunately, you can't successfully notify people with @ in comments under a post unless they have interacted with the post in specific ways: If they have ever commented on the post, you will be able to tab-complete their username (start typing @name and it will appear) and the tagging will send them a notification. If they have ever edited the post, you ...


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First, have a look to see if the material from the comments has already been added to the post by an edit. If it has, you can flag the comments as no longer needed. Small single line pieces of code can be edited into the post by you. If you need to suggest an edit, you can put in the edit summary something like "added information given by OP in the ...


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Only the very most valuable comments, when posted as answers, should be converted to comments rather than simply deleted. In particular, the threshold for converting an answer to a comment should not be Would we allow it to exist, if posted as a comment? but instead Would it add substantial value, if posted as a comment? Therefore, even if the feature you ...


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If you are unsure if your answer works, often it is because the question lacks important information or isn't clear on all points. To clarify the question or request additional information, that would be the goal of a comment in general. If you are unsure however if your answer is correct, I'd do some more research to find out the validity of your answer. ...


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Most of times either they are half-hearted answers or they are written by questioner or there is lack of communication between questioner and commentator. Talking about my personal experience there have been multiple instances where I encounter such things. Suppose a person asks a question and some user commented "Try this" and it worked!! It might happen ...


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If I see a comment that seems to cover what I want to say I try to make it a practice to just upvote that comment and move on. This seems the logical approach to me. I seldom go backwards so it would be rare for me to revisit a question (that I didn't answer) and notice an auto-generated comment so I won't touch that aspect. I try to clean up my own ...


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This feature would lead to comments being used incorrectly (even more often). Comments are a lightweight, secondary part of the Stack Exchange system. It is intentional that they: do not have a viewable edit history. cannot be edited after the first five minutes (except by moderators, and this is rarely done). cannot ever be edited by anyone except their ...


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Use the following code to place inline link: [link description](http://example.com). This also works in regular posts. However, placing too much links that way makes them hard to maintain.


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Can you know? No. But leave them a comment (using their @name if applicable) and they'll get a notification when they are online.


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As it stands, Oli's answer is + 20 -1, while Braiam's is + 8 - 4. The former says it's ok to say thanks in a comment, while the latter says you absolutely must not. There is no overwhelming consensus, but I think you can look at these numbers and feel ok in doing what you're doing (thanking people).


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We should develop a feature that able to move comments to answers. Provide them to moderators. Also a feature to vote for comment as an answer. Then, everyone is happy.


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I personally agree that we should try to help the users as much as we can rather than appear to give them the brush off. Utilizing Add data.SE style "magic links" to comments can make this faster and easier to do. While I consider it admirable to take this approach, I understand that many may feel it's unnecessary as if someone actually bothers to ...


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You can give credit to a comment (like "Dan's comment helped me"), but if someone has posted an answer in the comments, I will usually encourage them to post an answer, but after some time, I will post it as an answer myself and put a note like: This answer came from a comment by Dan. Because we really need to break the habit of posting answers in ...


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