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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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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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It does occasionally matter though... Even if it doesn't in this case. The people initially involved in the question might not know or appreciate the finer details of what's going on. Networking stacks and application firewalls are slowly changing, and I won't be surprised when systemd takes over from iptables/ufw then grub, and bash, ad infinitum. The tools ...


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This is the story of a time long ago, a time of myth and legend, when Jeff Atwood ruled Stack Exchange. He status-declined Add "Reply" link to comment that pre-populates comment box with @username. But! Since it was declined so long ago, and the company has changed considerably since then, it might worth asking for an escalation (see Community and ...


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We have hidden it well, but there is such a page


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If what you have to say seems like a good and complete answer to the original question, then it is an answer (others will up- or down-vote it depending upon whether they agree with this assessment). If what you have to say is about the question, or is a relevant detail that could be part of an answer, then it is a comment (e.g. the observation that *.SE is ...


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It doesn't really matter how you embed the @mention into your comment. You can even put it somewhere in the middle of your sentence or at the end too, although at the beginning makes it easier to see who you are addressing at once glance, if multiple people are discussing. Just remember that you can only mention one user per comment, and that the user has ...


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The only real disadvantage I can think of to a properly designed reply button is that it might lead to more replying, encouraging protracted conversations in comments. The original arguments against a reply button were mostly that it would result in the @ notation used unnecessarily, in places where users wouldn't otherwise use it. But in addition to having ...


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Those comments are only generated in the Low Quality Posts review queue, and automatically (you can choose from a list of half a dozen standard comments, or choose to leave no comment at all). You get access to that queue at 2,000 reputation. I agree that these comments can be useful from the First Posts (or Late Answers) queue as well; that's why I use the ...


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That particular comment is automatically generated by the system through the Low Quality Posts review queue. I'm not sure if there is a list of these (so you can copy them) but you can see all options here: Nowadays, the comments have some links in them, but the text hasn't changed significantly over the years. Other interesting links: Repository of ...


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Read the tour as you were linked. It answers all these questions you've stated. As for converting answer to comment, that's a task that only moderators have teh button for so you can custom-flag your own post asking it to be converted to a comment and a moderator will eventually get to it. You will be able to post comments once you get 50 reputation, so ...


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About Jeff Atwood's answer, AXIOM: A bunch of comments filled with @username are harder to read and noisier than those which are not. The goal of our sites is to increase signal-to-noise, not reduce it. The average number of comments on a SO question is 2.5. The median number of comments on a SO question is ZERO. Post owners are always notified of ...


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