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Well, it's pretty normal that testing recommended solutions is not done "ad-hoc". On some SE sites, I've marked questions accepted several months after they've been given: if evaluation takes time, it takes time. So don't feel pushed just because of that. On the other hand, if you think you might have found an answer being the solution, you can also go ...


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Try to avoid that as much as possible. You're still just putting an answer in the wrong place, even if your intent is to try to give a bit of useful information presented in a less valuable way. Because the comments are useful, they tend to get up-voted and not flagged, therefore not removed, and become a self replicating problem. People see them and follow ...


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I'm the one that deleted the comments. Here's the chain: They were flagged as obsolete, and I deleted them. There's a nice short answer on mSO about obsolete comments: Comments are, by their very nature, transitional. Flagging helps keep them under control and tidied up. Basically, a comment is obsolete when it asks for information that has since been ...


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Please do not use comments to answer questions as a means of making recommendations without sufficient detail or knowledge. The purpose of having this site in the first place is to to avoid all the problems of random information posted in forums and chat rooms. The very purpose of Stack Exchange is to assure that every post is actively vetted by a large ...


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The easy way to comment The AutoReviewComments user script provides a handy way to keep a collection of template comments on hand. I (Izzy) modified this script with some features to handle site-specific comment templates. My version is published in this gist (though it includes my custom comments as the default, it shouldn't overwrite yours as long as you ...


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If your only intention (and text) is "Wow, I liked this": Yes, then it's certainly wrong. If, on the other hand, you include why you liked it (e.g. "especial useful point: XXX, easily overlooked." – thus highlighting things others might miss), or even add to it (e.g. "Great answer! By the way, note also that …") – then it's perfectly fine. In short: If ...


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You should not post an answer as a comment. While answers based on direct experience are encouraged, if you know of a product that meets the requirements, please post it as an answer. Indicate the extent of your experience if you think it's relevant. On the other hand, if you've found a product that may or may not match the requirements, do not post it as ...


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At least if the question was already staying around unanswered for some time, I feel a comment-hint can be useful, if used correctly. Think of the following: I have not used it myself, but would XYZ (link) fit your needs? Please give it a look and report back. If it does, feel encouraged to answer your own question with it, including a short description ...


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Comments by nature are transient - both mods, and posters can delete them, and that's what's happened here. In general if its useful for the question it goes in the question or an answer. If its meta-ish, like this, they should go in meta. In short, I think this is what should have happened. If the tagging thing is still an issue, it might be a question ...


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As a moderator: I don't delete them if they follow a "+1 because <reason>" pattern. Those serve to praise a specific attribute of the answer, and could help someone coming from Google in the future. If I I see a comment like: "+1 great answer" "+1 nailed it" Etc., when I'm just looking around the site, I'll generally delete them on sight if ...


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If you need to make a comment anyway, then yes feel free to prefix it with "+1". But if the comment is only saying "great answer!" or similar, then it is not a good way to show appreciation: Instead, give a "Reward existing answer" bounty to this answer.


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First to admit, that page in the help center is not yet complete (it will hopefully be filled when we mature), so it's not that helpful in some context. But to your question: This site is named Software Recommendations as it is about recommending software for specific purposes. While that includes libraries and APIs for developers, everything else is out – ...


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The second category ("Try software XYZ, it will work well.") lacks the info whether it meets the requirements at all (if I ask for a boat and get told a car "works well", it doesn't help me at all) – so in that case I'd delete it. If it seems useful, it can be converted into a comment (by us mods at least). You point out it's said never to convert/migrate ...


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This recommendation does not contain enough information to fulfil the requirements set out in the question and therefore does not meet our minimum quality requirements. For guidelines on what your recommendation should contain please see What is required for an answer to be high quality? Possibly with the addition of: If your answer is not improved it ...


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In addition to Izzy's answer, I would say that in some cases you might also edit an answer. Not to change the spirit of the answer, but just to add details like: License information Price For each criteria of the original question, whether the proposed solution fits or not. It is a way to make answers better, thus making the whole page more valuable to ...


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If someone provides an answer with useful information, but it's not the answer you need, then thanking them for the answer and explaining what helped is always a nice gesture. The situation may also provide a great opportunity to clarify your original question so that future answers may be more appropriate. Perhaps the person who already answered will ...


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You forgot to cite the bit in the help center that says that questions are supposed to be software recommendation requests. Your question appears to be asking how to do something, not what libraries or application to use. Your question can probably be reopened if you edit it a little, to clarify that you're looking for an existing library or an existing ...


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I personally don't have an issue with this. Comments aren't supposed to be answers, answers should be answers. If someone posts an answer as a comment, you are fully within your rights to 'steal' it and post it as a real answer. Standard rules apply, of course - answers stolen from comments must still pass the quality threshold, and they should still ...


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I agree with Gilles and Izzy on why this question is off-topic. As I was one of the close voters, FWIW: On all SE sites, I rarely give comments on why I vote-to-close (well, unless I use a custom off-topic reason), because I consider the put on hold reason to be the comment. It describes what happened and gives advice on what to do next (editing or ...


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I'd say no. You really shouldn't be posting answers in the comments to begin with as comments are meant, at most, to be a temporary means of communication. Comments are not meant to be permanent. That being said, if you do post an answer in the comments, typical policy states that anyone may steal and post your answer as their own.


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TL;DR: let's decrease it to 25. And I encourage especially the high-rep users (like and including me) to vote more on new user's questions. References This issue has been discussed on the Main Meta site already, e.g. in Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead? and Lower commenting threshold to 1 rep. as pointed out by Izzy in the ...


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As a rule of thumb (which I follow), I'd recommend the following approach: @ping the author of the comment to expand it into an answer go ahead if … nothing happens in a reasonable time (I'd count ~5 days reasonable) commenter indicates not to comply (reasonable if commenter e.g. just vaguely knows the software and thus doesn't feel comfortable with it) ...


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You should not write an answer to recommend a solution unless you have at least some personal experience that it is a good solution. Sometimes you'll read a question and you'll think of software that you've heard about and you think might work, but you don't have any experience with it. It's great that you want to help the asker out, but the comments aren'...


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