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What should we do with answers in comments on questions?

Note: Since the response is mostly (but not entirely) positive to this proposal, I'm accepting the answer: I'll be using this policy, erring on the side of not deleting anything of significant value. (...
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People behavior : newcomer answer destroyed because it's not a comment, but he can't wrote comment on other posts because he has 1 reputation point

I am certain there was no malice in this action. I know the moderators on this site well and they have always acted in the best interest of the participants here. It is true that we prevent users ...
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Are comments like "this would do better on X.stackexchange" helpful?

There is a further "new user" problem here. Evidently a homebrewing.se (as in Sweden, which is where .se in an internet address leads you) exists, and they went there, and could not understand it. ...
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Are comments like "this would do better on X.stackexchange" helpful?

I think that such comments, as well meant as they are, have unintended consequences which make their net utility negative. Let's go through their effect on different people. Regular users of the ...
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What auto-review comments do you use?

Note: the links in these use the $SITENAME$ url placeholder, so the links don't actually work here, but if you put the same thing into AutoReviewComments it'll work fine. [A] Question as answer We'd ...
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Old questions where comment should be an answer

Just write answers! Mods can't migrate comment -> answer, only answer -> comment. This is probably reasonable, because even really great comments often aren't long and detailed enough to make a real ...
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People behavior : newcomer answer destroyed because it's not a comment, but he can't wrote comment on other posts because he has 1 reputation point

The answer wasn't "destroyed". It was converted into a comment on the question, which is appropriate: it was trying to clarify the question, not provide an answer. You're welcome to go one step ...
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Are comments like "this would do better on X.stackexchange" helpful?

I think these kinds of comments can be helpful, but are often posted without being helpful. So I do not favor blanket deletion, but I think that users should feel free to flag them if they think they'...
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What should we do with answers in comments on questions?

What seems to work well on EL&U site is that usually another member suggests that a commenter make their remark an answer. There is a good amount of community-based coaching on that site and I ...
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Has anybody else received abusive comments that were later edited or deleted?

If you permit me, I would like to play the devil's advocate on the topic. I have been the recipient of such fixed-quickly comments Since I have an Android app which raises a notification on any ...
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What should we do with answers in comments on questions?

As another one who sometimes (more by instinct than by bad intent) does that: Sometimes you have a tentative answer, eg something that could save the day but which also could be a technique that is ...
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What should we do with answers in comments on questions?

I admit that I'm one of the offenders of this behavior. And typically I do it in one of two cases: I don't have time to post a longer, more complete answer. (in the hopes that someone else will ...
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Mystery Comment - Where is it?

The answer to which the comment belongs was deleted. You don't have enough reputation to see deleted answers yet, so you don't see the answer, or its comments, when you visit the question. But the ...
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Has anybody else received abusive comments that were later edited or deleted?

Facebook has an edit history button. I believe there should be something similar, with an ability to downvote comments like you can in Quora. I hate e-backtracking as well, especially when you take ...
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