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I'm a bit confused about this procedure.

I mean: I know that sometimes one solves the question in the comments, and the comment itself is something that need not be transformed in an answer.

I also understand that seeing an unsolved answer (when it's already solved by comment) may attract some weird and unnecessary answers.

But if the practice is to close those questions, why there is not a specific flag to do so? I.e. "flag->should be closed...->solved by comment". I think it would be best, also for referencing (one has the same problem, searches and finds the yellow band saying that the answer is solved in the comments).

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    IMHO questions “solved in comments” shouldn't be closed at all. If the solution really is there already why not post an answer? – clemens Apr 15 '17 at 9:42
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    Not all questions are worth an answer or to be preserved, but nevertheless should be solved. Just think of the syntactic errors, like missing braces, where the solution will help no one else. Or sometimes the OP reports him/herself to have solved the problem, somehow. What's wrong is to give as reason "because solved in comments". I fully agree that this is no reason. Instead it should be something like "syntactic error" or "unclear". Or, as Clemens points out, there should be a real answer, if there is any chance that someone else with the same problem will stumble across the post. – gernot Apr 15 '17 at 10:06
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    there was once a distinct reason for closing -- "too localized, won't help anyone else" (or something very like that). it was removed site-wide, and at the time, there were heavy complaints from this group. but the powers didn't give in. (see tex.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3739 .) i still miss it. – barbara beeton Apr 15 '17 at 12:27
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    @gernot Typos and the like are 'off topic' (by convention) – Joseph Wright Apr 15 '17 at 13:07
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    [This question](ttps://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/364182/how-to-stop-the-page-counter-from-resetting-when-using-chapterbib) can probably never be answered. Altough it is. The OP wrote a confusing self-answer (now deleted) based on a comment. But the whole question is unclear. Not off-topic because it was solved in the comments. It is on-topic and unclear. – Johannes_B Apr 16 '17 at 6:48
  • @Johannes: You mean this one? This question – user31729 Apr 16 '17 at 8:49
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    @ChristianHupfer Yes. There is an h missing at the begin of my link. Sorry for the inconvenience. – Johannes_B Apr 16 '17 at 8:55
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    What I mean is that, regardless why the comments solved the question, it would be nice, when one comes up with the question, to read solved by comments then he can see there what went wrong – Moriambar Apr 16 '17 at 9:37
  • Well, the solved by comments statement is very much opposed as can be seen here, regarding some comments leading me to think that I am an bad a.. ;-) – user31729 Apr 16 '17 at 10:19
  • @Johannes_B solved for the OP doesn't necessarily mean solved for the community. IMHO the answer you linked should be closed as unclear… – clemens Apr 16 '17 at 10:56
  • @clemens The answer was deleted, the question remains unclear. It will most likely be closed at one point. – Johannes_B Apr 16 '17 at 17:53
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    Closed Questions that are unanswered and have a low view count are swiped by a bot. Any solutions in comments are lost to the public. That is why i am not a friend of closed as solved in comments. – Johannes_B Apr 16 '17 at 17:54
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