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One problem with answer-comments you seem to not have considered is that they can be wrong. Answers can be downvoted, but comments can only be upvoted, so there is no proper mechanism to show that an answer-comment is considered wrong and the one-sided upvote mechanism may make it look more authoritative than it is. We do leave comments like "Please ...


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While I agree that comments are not for answering questions (they can be used, for example...giving hints). No, comments should not be used to give hints. If you have an answer, then just post an answer. If you are giving hints for something like a homework question, then it is likely that the question isn't on topic anyway. Instead of leaving a hint, just ...


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