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Is it good-practice to use a comment (or parts of it) of someone else to answer a question?

I would say just answer it. I would put more content in an answer than your comment, but if the other person wants to answer it they can too. That's how SE is supposed to work. People answer the ...
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Clarification on appropriate comments

Comments are designed to be used to ask for clarification or to suggest changes to be made to an answer, or provide transient meta-information. Transient is key here; comments are ephemeral as ...
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Why don't "up-votes" received for a comment contribute to reputation scores?

Because comments are transitory, and should be used to indicate clarification etc. An upvote on a comment is further evidence to the OP that it's a good one that may allow them to amend their question/...
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What happens with deleted comments

Yes I know the purpose of the comment field, so no need to lecture me on that. I would disagree that this is the case. The question your asking here is proof of that. Comments are intentionally ...
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Would removing the reputation limit on commenting eliminate the "bumping old questions" problem?

This is a fair question and one worth asking from time to time. Being someone who gets to see many of the bad comments and many of the bad answers as well as many of the bad questions I would say ...
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Is adding a more detailed, yet repetitive answer acceptable?

In general it's better to improve existing answers than to add slightly different new ones. Everybody can edit answers, even anonymous users, so if you want to add some helpful details to an existing ...
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Why can’t I make a comment on posts after signing up?

You'll need to earn reputation by having your questions, answers and edits up voted. (Like I just did gratuitously to your question.) You get: +5 when your questions are up voted. +10 when your ...
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Why can’t I make a comment on posts after signing up?

You seem to be mixing up comments and answers. If you look at the comment everywhere privilege page: Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. They can be up-voted (but ...
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How to Thank People

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 "...
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Why were these too chatty flags declined on some +1 comments?

I'm the 'culprit', so to speak, for declining the three comments you're asking about. In summary: The Huge "THANKS!". :) comment should have been deleted (I think that was a case of me hitting the ...
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Should follow-up advice given in comments be added as an update to an answer?

So long as your answer contains a real and genuine answer, then provided the more fluffy bits round the edges are just extra information, and do not form the primary answer, then they will read better ...
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Is it ok to "reuse" or plagiarize comments when reviewing first questions?

You can always ask the author in [chat] or officially here on meta like you did. I can't see anyone getting too worked up if you are using a comment for kind, critical feedback to a poster. The text ...
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Was a user who posted a comment as answer assisted in commenting by a moderator?

Yes, moderators can change an answer into a comment and attach it to the question (or any other answer) within the same question thread. Usually we use this exactly in the situation you mention (low ...
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What to do when the answer is too short for an answer

"It's not possible" type of answers are always tricky, even though in this case you are right. But even then it might be better to back up your answer with facts and references to give the ...
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What to do when the answer is too short for an answer

Tell the OP it isn’t possible in an answer and get downvoted I'm not sure why you're operating under the presumption that saying "No" and/or giving a short answer automatically means a down vote. ...
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Why doesn't formatting work in comments (for me)?

You're doing nothing wrong; comments only support a very specific subset of Markdown formatting and this is by design. Which commands are supported is revealed when you click the 'help' link when ...
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Why do I need 50 rep to post a comment?

The reputation system works to balance the moderation load with allowing new people to learn the ropes by performing the easier tasks of asking and answering as they start to use the sites. There ...
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Is it possible to warn the users who left bad comments other than trying to help in a question?

If you believe a comment is rude or offensive, you can flag it. Hover over the comment and click the Flag button to the left of the comment, then select an option and click Flag Comment. A ♦︎ ...
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What's up with the 5 minute limit on editing a comment?

If you really need more than 5 minutes to edit a comment, delete the comment and comment again. The limit is there to prevent people rewriting history, by altering a comment which has already been ...
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Why are my two recent comments deleted?

Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. See Help Centre That is they can and will be deleted at any time. The point of a comment is to improve the question or answer. ...
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Why are my two recent comments deleted?

Thank you so much for posting here on meta. This is the place to discuss migrations and not in comments. I deleted the comments since the question isn’t one I would migrate anywhere due to quality ...
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What decides if a 'too chatty' flag results in immediate deletion?

It is most likely that the comment contained some key phrases which enabled it for deletion by only one flag, as described here. E.g. a comment containing just +1, thank you very much will ...
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What happens with deleted comments

I delete a lot of comments. Usually they are flagged for deletion. There's no way I know to track it. It would help us as well - if we ended up deleting 100 comments from one user where there was a ...
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Why were these too chatty flags declined on some +1 comments?

Right on cue - a long discussion on how the “too chatty” standard was loose and unhelpful - we’ve done away with that flag across all sites effective immediately. The problem Comments are terrible; ...
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Is there any way to display my comment votes?

You can use the Data Explorer with the following query which shows how many comments of yours has a certain number of votes: My Comment Score distribution (user 96174) There is a delay between the ...
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Is it good-practice to use a comment (or parts of it) of someone else to answer a question?

Please always use an answer as comments are (sometimes) pretty pointless. An answer is something I read at first when I open a new question.
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Why was this exchange in comments removed?

Comments are ephemeral. Especially if they turn into a long exchange, we delete them. Notice the warning telling you to avoid extended discussions in comments. Either edit the answer if the answer's ...
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Comment deleted but not addressed

Zakinster - first off - thank you so much for coming to the site to help answer that question. Secondly, thank you for asking here. I'd like to flip your question back and ask - "what is your ...
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Accidentally submitting comments by tapping the return button on iPad

I’m not aware of any automated penalty, but I find I like to do editing of things that are needing thought in another app like drafts or notepad and then past it in here when I don’t have the full ...
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'Ghost' inbox message

The comment has been deleted after your message was sent and before you got a chance to check it out. The system isn't clever enough to recall or cancel the message, so it sends you to where is was, ...
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