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- Why do people answer in comments? 8 answers
An obvious spinoff of the wonderful 'About "trivial" questions,' but different in intent.
I'm still relatively new here, but I've been around long enough to see that a whole ton of potential answers (mostly in the form of 'have you tried this' or 'have you seen this package') are said in comments rather than in actual, votable answers. I recognize that more than a few of these answers won't do what the asker actually intends to do; they are very useful in actually making the answer more precise (and thus more answerable in general). That said, a lot of these answers would be good answers anyways, regardless of the asker's fancy.
We know that comments are very different from answers; the best ones don't exactly get 'voted to the top' as it were. Comments should be focused on focusing the question, not answering it... right?