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Why do I need 50 points to comment on something but I can post an entire answer? I need to tell a guy to up the framerate, that's it. There's been 5 things today I couldn't help with because it's not an entire answer.

Ridiculous.

Also, why is StackOverflow 91 points, not the same as the rest saying 21?

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  • “Why do I need 50 points to comment on something but I can post an entire answer?” - The real question, why do you want to submit a comment, if you can answer the question? “There's been 5 things today I couldn't help with because it's not an entire answer.” - Sounds like even if you were to submit your comment it would be flagged as “no longer needed”. Ironically if you just submitted answers you would earn reputation required to submit a comment. 50 reputation is all you need to submit a comment
    – Ramhound
    Sep 29, 2022 at 1:37
  • But I can comment on this comment. Yeah, okay then. If I answer the question with: Change framerate to 30. Then I'll get yelled at for that, too.
    – J. Cravens
    Sep 29, 2022 at 3:04
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    Comments are a privilege you earn by proving you can use the normal features of the site without making everything worse. If your "answer" is nothing more than "Change framerate to 30" then you are missing out information on how to do it, and why that solves the problem. Comments should primarily be to request or give clarification, not as "I can't be bothered to write a proper answer"
    – Mokubai Mod
    Sep 29, 2022 at 8:29
  • “Change framerate to 30. Then I'll get yelled at for that, too.” Because telling someone to change the frame rate to 30 with no context or reference is not an answer. Flesh out your answers and then post them. And soon enough you will get 50 rep. As for why that is needed? This site is not a random message board. All of the Stack Exchange site value actual answers that will stand the test of time and be a decent reference. Allowing anyone to just comment will just make this site like any other message board. Oct 2, 2022 at 2:40
  • "Comments are a privilege you earn by proving you can use the normal features of the site without making everything worse. If your "answer" is nothing more than "Change framerate to 30" then you are missing out information on how to do it, and why that solves the problem. Comments should primarily be to request or give clarification, not as "I can't be bothered to write a proper answer" – Mokubai" Thank's for 100% making my point. Once I "answer enough things" I'll be good enough to make a simple reference. Alright, then.
    – J. Cravens
    Oct 2, 2022 at 6:42
  • @J.Cravens - No; If you submit answers through comments, they will be flagged and deleted, just answer questions. If you submit comments as an answer, they also will be deleted, so I go back to the first statement just answer the question. Unless you are asking for clarification, in order to submit an answer, you are likely using comments improperly. SO and SU reputation is separate.
    – Ramhound
    Oct 4, 2022 at 14:32
  • Right. So what I wanted to do was comment. The answer was fine. I needed to say: Change the framerate to 30. THAT'S IT. No more, no less. I try to do so and it says no. I'm not good enough yet. Well I do find it strange that comments are more valued of a privilege, and more vetted, than full answers. There are answers that sit for years, no inherent value, zero up-votes, but it was "valid" answer, no matter how useless. My one sentence was the solution to the entire problem, like 12 comments deep already. Trust me, they wanted that info more than another answer attempt.
    – J. Cravens
    Oct 4, 2022 at 20:26

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