We should also encourage good comment, since not everyone is willing to write a long detailed answer, they may provide thoughts which is also very important. Also comment is the start of a deeper discussion, so I think we should encourage a little bit of good comment by giving some reputation to the corresponding person who writes a voted up comment.

Imagine the loss of some great points by the some people who may think the question is not worthwhile to write an answer, or they are too busy or too lazy to do so.

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    $\begingroup$ There is, of course, the Pundit badge. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 19, 2014 at 16:57
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    $\begingroup$ Note also that lots of times, highly voted comments are irrelevant and/or witty remarks. I do not think these should be rewarded, as they do not contribute to anything. $\endgroup$
    – Kyle Kanos
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ @KyleKanos Yes, some humorous comments $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 5:36
  • $\begingroup$ @EmilioPisanty do you know of any way to track down which comments of mine were upvoted? I'm curious! $\endgroup$
    – Danu
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Danu try the Badge Progress thread on the mother meta. If there's a way you must be able to find it via your Pundit progress. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 26, 2014 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ I'm a little surprised to see this so downvoted. I came to physics meta looking for an answer to this exact question, and would have asked it if I hadn't found it. Perhaps the answer is obvious to experienced users. Doesn't make it a bad question. $\endgroup$
    – Ben51
    Commented Jan 11, 2018 at 20:53

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We are not a forum, but a question and answer site. It is not the aim of the SE model to encourage debate, but to provide (more or less) definite answers to definite questions. Though comments may contain worthwhile information, reputation is granted for contributions towards good questions and answers.

Comments are transient by design, and subject to deletion at any time. They are not made to stay, and should not be used to state vital information - everything that is crucial should be edited into the existing questions and answers, or be written into another answer. Making comments grant reputation disincentivizes good edits and answers, which is contrary to the goal of creating good Q&As.

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    $\begingroup$ “Comments are transient by design, and subject to deletion at any time.” Even no reputation ,why comment is subject to deletion? I've seen many comments very helpful, sometimes contain points more critical than the answer. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 19, 2014 at 15:56
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    $\begingroup$ The valuable material from comments of that kind should be edited into posts to insure that it is preserved. Comments exist for exactly one reason: to allow side discussion that lead to improved posts. Other kinds of side discussion happen (quite a lot on Physics SE) but they are living on borrowed time. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 19, 2014 at 16:06

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