I would propose a +1 point for the important comments that are voted by the users. Is it possible to do something?

See the figure below:

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  • note that such things are part of the mechanics of the whole network and can not be changed just for tex.sx, so the proposal would have to be raised network wide at meta.stackexchange not here. However I would guess they would close this in the basis that comments are downplayed by design. – David Carlisle Jan 28 '18 at 15:19
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  • @DavidCarlisle Thank you so much for your availability and response. Thanks again. – Sebastiano Jan 29 '18 at 11:45
  • @TorbjørnT. Ok! Thank you so much for the link. – Sebastiano Jan 29 '18 at 11:46
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the reputation system is not unique to tex.se, thus this should be asked on meta.se and not here – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Jun 18 '18 at 12:53

I don't think it's possible, otherwise, you'll get reputation points for a standard comment like this:

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Or funny comments like these:

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However, you can earn some badges for comments:

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Please remember that we are here to help the other users, not to compete for reputation (egreg and David excluded).

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    Overall I agree with you but in support of @Sebastiano I'd like to mention that also for questions and answers parts of the upvotes happen because others find the answer sort of cool. Consider for instance a nice looking TikZ picture, which may not really be considered a true progress in LaTeX coding, but just look appealing. Similarly, some comments can be really help people understanding things better, and others of course get upvoted because they are cool. But overall I agree with you, and also think it would not be worth the effort. – user121799 Jan 28 '18 at 1:30
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    @marmot Unfortunately, you're right about the voting behavior of TEX.SE users. Often they upvote trivial answers only because they are beautiful or funny, whereas TeXnically complex ones go (almost) unnoticed. There are also people who upvote just-do-it-for-me questions! I think prof. van Duck will address this topic in one of the next issues. However, comments are thought to be only of auxiliary help, see: tex.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3238/… – CarLaTeX Jan 28 '18 at 6:53
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    There are occasions where the first comment hits the nail on the head regarding the possible solution, a similar comment is posted by someone else, getting comment votes beyond any limit and the first one is disregarded. – user31729 Jan 28 '18 at 8:35
  • @ChristianHupfer You're right, there are inexplicable behaviors! – CarLaTeX Jan 28 '18 at 8:40
  • @CarLaTeX: No, it's the fact that some users get votes just because they are X or Y... – user31729 Jan 28 '18 at 8:41
  • @ChristianHupfer Yes, that's one of the reasons! – CarLaTeX Jan 28 '18 at 9:38
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    I should flag this answer – David Carlisle Jan 28 '18 at 15:20
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    @CarLaTeX What competition? Do you see any chance for one? ;-) – egreg Jan 28 '18 at 15:31
  • @DavidCarlisle :P – CarLaTeX Jan 28 '18 at 15:32
  • @egreg Actually... the comeback is very difficult! – CarLaTeX Jan 28 '18 at 15:35
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    I have the highest voted comment here, if only those votes counted! – David Carlisle Jan 28 '18 at 15:38
  • I hope no one got angry. I do not like quarrels. I wish you all the best for everyone and thanks for everything. – Sebastiano Jan 29 '18 at 11:49
  • @Sebastiano Of course no! We are only joking! Don't worry, your question is a valid one! – CarLaTeX Jan 29 '18 at 12:32
  • @CarLaTeX I'm happy. But I'm a commentator? :-) – Sebastiano Jan 29 '18 at 12:33
  • @Sebastiano Of course you are, on the main site. – CarLaTeX Jan 29 '18 at 12:38

Comments have always been considered lower-class citizens across the entire network. They're meant to request clarification, but otherwise clutter the main aim of the site. What is this aim? ...to pair up good questions with solid answers.

Attempting to make comments just like posts have been proposed:

Yet they remain small potatoes:

In fact, there are actually Winterbash hats dedicated to clearing up comments:

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Reputation gained from comments may not give a true reflection of reputation.


  • Very nice :-). In fact I have voted +1 you and @CarLaTeX. – Sebastiano Feb 3 '18 at 7:08

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