Originally posted by yoda on Meta Stack Overflow:
The following is a slight modification of my post on meta.gardening. Consider a hypothetical question:
How can I foo the bar in X?
I'm trying to foo the bar using qux. However, I get an error message <error>. What am I doing incorrectly?
When should I post a comment and when should I post an answer?
I'll step up to arrogance and offer some opinions. First, I really like the question; I wish that other SE sites took this kind of care.
I think that there are couple of clusters here. Like @CodeGnome, I think only a few are standalone answers. I agree on #5, and I'd add #8 and possibly #12
There are a cluster that are so terse as to be abrupt, or include ...
There's no definitive answer to your question, because circumstances vary.
Answers that really are "exact duplicates" are rare, but answers that are similar or quote the same facts are very common. Expressing the same answer in different ways is okay, but answers that don't add anything new (e.g. additional facts, different conclusions, or greater ...
I believe Mark brings up some valid points. Thanks for weighing in and bringing another perspective to this.
I started this discussion on a whim based on feedback from Aarthi on one of our questions that a few people felt may have been borderline.
I've thought about it for a few days, and I could see the argument that evaluating an answer based on length ...
No set answer yet, but after reading your post there are a couple of ideas that may help us hone in on an approach / decide if this is the right time to broach this topic.
You write about 2 sentence answers. Often, two sentence answers are enough to answer the question. The length of an answer does not necessarily correspond to the quality of the answer. ...