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[Meta] Why do people leave comments instead of answers?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

A lot of comments seem to be perfectly good answers, so why not create an answer? Is it to be the first read response? Is it that you don't think your opinion is good enough to be judged as an answer? Do you not seek the sweet sweet thrill of watching your reputation points go up in 10 point increments?

And yes before you ask, these things do keep me up at night, disturbing my circadian rhythms.

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:20 PM

Answers are like uh, harmonization, comments are like riffs. In terms of long interesting jam sessions riffs count.

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:16 PM

Awesomeness is in decline here. Quiltiness.

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:14 PM

Please make sure that your comment is in the form of a question.

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:13 PM

When you get to heaven will they take reputation into account?

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:12 PM

Comments are a reaction to a hack, sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes a refinement. And often totally sideways under the influence of a glass of Malbec.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on April 07, 2013
at 03:47 PM

Unfortunately, there's a fine line between "an opinion that differs from mine" and "dangerous misinformation that's just plausible enough to really draw someone in."

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on July 19, 2012
at 12:49 PM

I will comment if there are a lot of answers already. I want to be heard!

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

(4183)

on June 24, 2012
at 10:24 AM

Picked as the most succinct answer that could also have been a comment. Mind. Blown.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 22, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Good one Dave S.!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 21, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Why do people question everything that everyone else does?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 21, 2012
at 03:19 PM

I start to comment and when I'm done it looks like an answer. Too lazy to cut and paste. Or maybe I hate to see what I wrote way down at the bottom!

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on June 21, 2012
at 03:31 AM

Also, my feelers get hurt if I answer and no one votes for me. :(

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on June 21, 2012
at 01:57 AM

Sometimes I start writing an answer, and six other answers get posted before I finish expressing what I have to say, not to mention doing my research and inserting proper citations. I often say F it and delete what I've started on when I know it's going to be the tenth answer in the first half an hour. Would it stand out if I put some effort into it? Sure - but saturation is saturation, regardless.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 20, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Interesting. I was thinking this same question a few days ago, though I knew I'd never be able to handle the inevitable irony of people responding in the comments so I did not post it.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on June 20, 2012
at 10:55 PM

I do it when I am in stealth mode.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on June 20, 2012
at 10:55 PM

I do it when I'm in stealth mode from my FB friends.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 20, 2012
at 10:44 PM

Also if it's an old question I don't want to bump it to the front page so I respond with a comment instead of an answer, the mods don't like it if you bump old questions.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on June 20, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Should this be an answer or a comment?? I don't know.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:53 PM

most of my rep points basically come from 1 answer I wrote calling two paleo(ish) gurus ass*****. Unfortunate newcomers who think rep points are correlated with paleo wisdom might get the mistaken impression that I know what I'm talking about. Scary stuff.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:50 PM

most of my rep points come from 1 answer I wrote calling two paleo(ish) gurus ass*****. Unfortunate newcomers might actually think I know what I'm talking about if they think rep points really mean something useful, which is a scary thought.

6135c6d0f4ee97d5e2cc90b33ab9fd79

(38)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:50 PM

I see comments as more of a footnote than an actual answer.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 09:49 PM

I always say a rising tide lifts all boats, so I'll give you a vote. But I see I'm going to have to post another good *question* to PH make serious rep points bank. Also, I think all this horse trading might be illegal on PH. If not, it should be.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:42 PM

+1 for "reputation-whore"

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I'm just commenting to let you know that I answered the question below. I'm really going for some BIG reputation points on this one, so just scroll down for some brilliance. I figure since this site itself is constantly reminding me to "Like" it on Facebook (and thus out myself to all my "friends") I figure it's fine to beg...I mean *ask* for your vote.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:40 PM

I upvoted yours now would you upvote mine? I'd like to stay ahead of you!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:39 PM

I almost posted this as a comment :).

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on June 20, 2012
at 09:34 PM

For me, *commenting* is just chiming in - quick little bloops and bleeps. When I *answer* it's typically pretty full blown and thoughtful, I want to take more time with my reply. :)

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:28 PM

Shouldn't that answer have been a comment :)

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:27 PM

I have what I think is a good answer but one of my answers once got voted down so I'm not willing to live so dangerously anymore.

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(5231)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I don't know. Just wanted to see this as a comment!

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59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on June 20, 2012
at 10:20 PM

Hard to provide a definitive answer to "Why does my poop look bad?"

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on June 20, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Should this be an answer or a comment?? I don't know.

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

(4183)

on June 24, 2012
at 10:24 AM

Picked as the most succinct answer that could also have been a comment. Mind. Blown.

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35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:38 PM

When I'm in a hurry or in the mood to write a response worthy of a twitter tweet then I leave a comment. When I want to be praised for my tremendous insight and show off my reputation score I write an answer.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:53 PM

most of my rep points basically come from 1 answer I wrote calling two paleo(ish) gurus ass*****. Unfortunate newcomers who think rep points are correlated with paleo wisdom might get the mistaken impression that I know what I'm talking about. Scary stuff.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:50 PM

most of my rep points come from 1 answer I wrote calling two paleo(ish) gurus ass*****. Unfortunate newcomers might actually think I know what I'm talking about if they think rep points really mean something useful, which is a scary thought.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:39 PM

Because often you don't get any votes for your answers and I used to be a reputation-whore. I didn't want my account to have 3000 answers and a reputation way too small :D.

Also because comments can't be down-voted.

And finally because I often find my own thoughts not worthy of an answer.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:42 PM

+1 for "reputation-whore"

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:39 PM

I almost posted this as a comment :).

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:12 PM

Comments are a reaction to a hack, sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes a refinement. And often totally sideways under the influence of a glass of Malbec.

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Answering with a comment to the main question can help ensure your amazing and cunningly articulated opinion doesn't disappear too fast. Comments to the question are probably read first too. I know that I often won't bother scrolling all the way down to see all the late answers--especially if some of the early answers received lots of upvotes.

Meantime, you can't get downvoted for comments. Since we've seen plenty of downvoting for offenses no greater than having an opinion that differs--no matter how respectfully it was offered--I can see why some might want to comment.

Now, kindly upvote my answer, since it is clearly the most definitive, comprehensive one, and I'd really like to hit 3,800 points by the end of the day. [Edit: I upvoted this question. I'm just sayin'....]

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 09:49 PM

I always say a rising tide lifts all boats, so I'll give you a vote. But I see I'm going to have to post another good *question* to PH make serious rep points bank. Also, I think all this horse trading might be illegal on PH. If not, it should be.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:40 PM

I upvoted yours now would you upvote mine? I'd like to stay ahead of you!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on July 19, 2012
at 12:49 PM

I will comment if there are a lot of answers already. I want to be heard!

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on April 07, 2013
at 03:47 PM

Unfortunately, there's a fine line between "an opinion that differs from mine" and "dangerous misinformation that's just plausible enough to really draw someone in."

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:13 PM

When you get to heaven will they take reputation into account?

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19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 20, 2012
at 10:32 PM

When I think my answer is so short and simple that it feels silly to take up the room an answer takes on the screen and bump a potentially better answer off the screen.

Beause I'm typing from my phone and it's awkward to deal with the "Are you a human" page when you don't have a mouse or full-keyboard to copy-paste. You don't get that verification page with comments.

Because I'm typing from my phone and it's difficult to edit an answer there, so if I have something more to say I put it in a comment.

And some times because I don't know if my comment will answer the question but I still want to help. I don't wan't to take up an answer when I don't think my answer will actuallly help.

And yes, I was tempted to make this answer a comment.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 20, 2012
at 10:44 PM

Also if it's an old question I don't want to bump it to the front page so I respond with a comment instead of an answer, the mods don't like it if you bump old questions.

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(2338)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:22 PM

more importantly why do the rep points not go up when you get upvoted on comments?

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:28 PM

Shouldn't that answer have been a comment :)

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:14 PM

Please make sure that your comment is in the form of a question.

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7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 20, 2012
at 09:49 PM

I guess I try to write as an answer when what I have to say actually pertains directly to the question asked. I tend to write a comment if my respose is less directly related.

Shrug.

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2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

on April 07, 2013
at 02:41 PM

because not everyone is as awesome at the internet as you are

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:16 PM

Awesomeness is in decline here. Quiltiness.

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:20 PM

Answers are like uh, harmonization, comments are like riffs. In terms of long interesting jam sessions riffs count.

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(10611)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:22 PM

Answers are like, uh, harmonization. Comments are like riffs. In terms of having an interesting jam session riffs count.

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