# How appropriate are “I'm not sure of this” posts?

One of the great things about P.SE is that in the process of writing answers, I learn a lot. In this spirit, I've posted many answers which I'm not completely sure about, along with a hatnote stating the same and "Comments appreciated". Many of these have been extremely helpful to me; and I've learned lots of new stuff by posting such answers. But there's no guarantee that such answers are beneficial to the community--after all, they are more of a supplementary question at times. I know the argument "ask it as a question instead", but I feel that it won't cover everything--I tend to have small misconceptions in my knowledge, which would be impossible to find via a question.

So I just wanted to get a feel of what the community thinks of such answers and/or their (in)appropriateness according to policy.

• If I feel not sure enough to make an answer or have "subquestions" concerning the original post because Im interested in the topic too, I sometimes put this in comments. But I´m not sure how much this is approved here ... – Dilaton Mar 30 '12 at 8:59
• @Nemo: Are you saying that you comment on the question(and don't answer) or you answer and comment on the answer? If its a comment-to-question-don't-answer, then: The fact is, my subquestions are vagueish thingys. Basically, I'm not experienced enough in that area and may neglect something or the other. Or I may say something wrong/outdated based on my misconceptions. ANd of course, I don't know what misconceptions I have. So, asking such subquestions in a comment just isn't feasible. – Manishearth Mar 30 '12 at 10:37
• Hm if Im really not sure I just put "non-answer comments" without posting a real answer (I`m too coward :-/). I think we are all here for learning and nobody will shoot you if you say something not quite right, not at the cutting edge of research, etc in the comments ;-) – Dilaton Mar 30 '12 at 11:02
• @Nemo: Yup, that's why I write such posts, so that someone will shoot me and my pysics will improve. Of course, that's why I wear Kevlar ;) – Manishearth Mar 30 '12 at 11:04