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 questions and other people vote those answers up or down.
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 comments asking for clarification usually means the answer should be edited to better explain something, and comments suggesting changes are either integrated into ...
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/answer. If that results in an improvement etc, then the vote should be applied to the question/answer (if that's not already been done), not the comment, ...
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 disposable. From How do comments work?:
Comments exist so that users can talk about questions and answers
without posting new answers that do not actually ...
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 that the site would be worse off by implementing your suggestion.
When someone goes to answer a question, especially a new user, the site actively discourages ...
You'll need to earn reputation by having your questions, answers and edits up voted. (Like I just did gratuitously to your question.)
+5 when your questions are up voted.
+10 when your answers are up voted.
+15 when your answers are accepted.
+2 when your edit to other questions are approved.
Have a look at the Welcome to Ask Different Tour, and ...
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 answer, please go ahead and do so. Your edit will then be put into a review queue accessible to higher-rep users and peer-reviewed.
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 not down-voted) and flagged, but do not generate reputation. There's no revision history, and when they are deleted they're gone for good.
They are supposed to ...
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:
I'm the 'culprit', so to speak, for declining the three comments you're asking about.
The Huge "THANKS!". :) comment should have been deleted (I think that was a case of me hitting the wrong option). My apologies for that one.
As for the other two, for me they were 50/50 and I could have gone either way. The reasons I opted to leave them were ...
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 and your post will seem more complete than if you include bits in the answer and bits in comments. Plus, comments invite further comments, which soon clutter ...
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 you selected is a canned response in the /review queue that you'll earn once you reach that reputation milestone.
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 rep user asking a clarification question).
"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 answer more weight:
This is currently not possible as access to the Lightening/USB port in an iOS device is highly limited, see ref1 and ref2. Apple proposes to ...
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. This is not the case and I can site you several personal examples:
Will two charging cables charge my laptop twice as quickly?
How can I mirror my mouse and ...
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 posting a comment:
There's also a nice list of shorthand links you can exclusively use in comments (they won't work in posts).
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 ♦︎ moderator will review the flag and delete/edit the comment as they see appropriate, or if a sufficient number of users flag the comment, it will be deleted ...
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 have been many requests to change this limit. Some have asked for it to be made more restrictive. I'm guessing you would like it to be less restrictive. This is ...
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 replied to or to which other action has been taken because of it. The 5 minute limit matches the grace period for post edits that don't cause a revision.
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. If they contain relevant information then that information should be edited into the question or answer. stack Exchange is a collection of questions and answers ...
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 issues. Leaving the migration path open is confusing to people when the main message is - this isn’t a good question, quality wise. Once it’s edited to meet ...
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 probably be deleted after just a single comment flag.
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.
Comments are terrible; no one agrees on what they're for, or how long they should be kept. Comment flags are equally terrible, because if no one's on the same page as far as what ...
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 pattern, it would be nice to be able to see that and address it head on and with data as opposed to "human recollection" which can be faulty at best.
Let's spin ...
Yes, a moderator removed the comment because it wasn't related to any question or answer particularly and was rather discussion about who might have downvoted an answer. No-one, not even moderators, can see who voted for who (unless there is a pattern of vote abuse that is picked up by the system and alerted to us) and questioning a user on their voting isn'...
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 actual data and the Data Explorer's data dump. You can check when the Data Explorer was last updated using this query.
If you want a live list of your comments ...
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 poster is on board, or propose a new answer.
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 understanding on why you would comment on an answer?"
If you're not sure of commenting - here are some guidelines I like to refer to when I get flags on comments or ...
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 question / answer editor. Also - consider putting up a proper answer if your comment isn’t a short item that clarifies the comment.
I don’t know of any comments ...