Most of the times when I see a question that I (think! I) can answer, I leave a comment first checking if that solution is really helpful to the OP, or not. This is to prevent providing answers that are misguided/ just plain wrong, because of a misunderstanding of the question etc. I assume others are practising the same. That is, only providing answers if they are absolutely sure that it answers the OP's original question.
Suppose someone else leaves a comment that I believe solves the problem as well. What's the etiquette to follow here? I feel like if I leave an answer to the question, then it's like "stealing" from the original commenter/answerer.
An example: how to center equations in parentheses (disclaimer: I am in no way targeting any one in that question, but it does exemplify what I'm trying to say here. This is not about rep as well.)
There are a few things an incoming
I-know-the-answer-but-someone-else-has-provided-it-in-the-comments person can do:
- Leave a comment for the commenter to add the comment as an answer
- Just answer the question because it doesn't matter who makes it, as long as the answer answers the question
With the second option, how long should we wait before actually providing an answer (going back to the point about "stealing")? Is this just something really minor and that I am overthinking (or maybe over-feeling)?
Ps. The title is a little clumsy. If anyone has a more concise way of phrasing it, feel free to edit it.