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All you're going to get is some general opinions from the people who frequent meta on this. There is no definite site policy against it... just a few vocal users who are against it. The argument against answering them in the comments (before the question is inevitably closed and deleted) is "If you give them an answer in the comments, you're just ...


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Answers shouldn’t be posted as comments, and is actually discouraged on the commenting privilege page: Answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer; instead, post an actual answer (or edit to expand an existing one); Comments lack quality control, are harder to find than answers (making them a lot more likely to be missed)...


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Post an answer and give credit to the user in the comments. The person who commented on the post should be able to post their own answer or would have done it first if they knew it was a valid answer. Credit to @FoxMcCloud for this helpful answer.


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When handling comment flags, mods have few options: 'Delete', 'Edit' or 'Dismiss', and no way to give the flagger a canned or custom reason as to why a particular action was taken, so we get it would probably be frustrating to see declined flags on stuff that - on a quick reading of the rules - may be valid for removal. That being said, context context ...


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