Now and then I find something here that is very, very helpful, and I want to thank the person who posted it, by commenting in some apposite phrases. But I can't. I need 50 'reputation' points.

I really haven't time to contribute to that extent, so a lot of people here are missing out on kudos. I don't wish merely to click-and-upvote, I don't experience sufficient problems to be seeking all the time for assistance. Besides, click-vote is too easy, too impersonal. Just one of the many reasons I long ago deleted my Facebook account was the culture of the inane 'Like' button. It doesn't demand any thought of the button clicker (Why do you like it? Give reasons for your approval) and is part of the widespread dumbing-down trend.

So, to all the brilliant, non-dumbing people here, who take and have taken the trouble to share their knowledge, and break Gordian knots for those of us in toils, please share this 'thank you' among yourselves. I'm afraid it's the only one I am currently allowed to give you.

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    You have to propose only 7 eligible edits (e.g. of my posts, which contain a lot of or at least some mistakes or stylistic slips) and then you are already entitled to up-vote posts!
    – klanomath
    Jul 18, 2017 at 23:14
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    Comments are not for saying thanks or giving kudos and when one clicks on "add a comment", it states... "Use comments to ask for more information or suggested improvements. Avoid comments like "+1" or "thanks"." So please say your thanks by up-voting, not comments. Comments not conforming are typically flagged and deleted. Jul 18, 2017 at 23:46
  • You can visit the user profile, and some give a link to their Paypal or BitCoin wallet, so you can tip.
    – Cœur
    Jul 19, 2017 at 5:40
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    I'm confused as to why this question hasn't been closed as off-topic? The OP isn't asking 'how' to thank someone or make a site change to allow more/different ways to thank someone, he's simply saying 'thanks for helping people'. In addition, he's aware of the site requirements for adding comments so he's already read the Help Center (which, apparently, is more than most people do). I mean, it's nice and all, but it's still off-topic and should be closed (as I voted).
    – fsb
    Jul 19, 2017 at 18:56
  • @fsb "Meta Ask Different is the part of the site where users discuss the workings and policies of Ask Different" (from apple.stackexchange.com/help/whats-meta), asking how to thank people fits the bill quite nicely. In general practically *anything" related to topics on how the site works is on-topic on Meta.
    – nohillside Mod
    Jul 19, 2017 at 19:02
  • @patrix Totally agree that if the OP was asking how to thank people it would be on-topic. However, he's not doing that, he's simply saying 'thanks for your help because I don't have 50 rep' (paraphrase, obviously).
    – fsb
    Jul 19, 2017 at 19:04
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    @fsb The rules are very relaxed on Meta. And the title at least is the right question :-)
    – nohillside Mod
    Jul 19, 2017 at 19:15
  • @patrix Ok, no problem, I was just wondering. Thanks.
    – fsb
    Jul 19, 2017 at 19:30
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    See also: Why vote?
    – Mithical
    Jul 20, 2017 at 10:05

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You say "thank you" on the Stack Exchange network by giving their answer or question an "up vote". It's that simple.

From this meta discussion on whether comments to say "thank you" are appropriate: that's not really what comments are for. They're for:

When should I comment?

You should submit a comment if you want to:

  • Request clarification from the author;
  • Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post;
  • Add relevant but minor or transient information to a post (e.g. a link to a related question, or an alert to the author that the question has been updated).

When shouldn't I comment?

  • Compliments which do not add new information ("+1, great answer!"); instead, up-vote it and pay it forward;
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    And if you really want to thank someone, earn some reputation points and award them a bounty.
    – Daniel Mod
    Jul 20, 2017 at 14:24

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