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I've been in the situation that I answered questions with more than one-liners, and the original poster didn't follow up at all (commenting what was wrong with the answers provided by me and others, etc.), and didn't accept an answer (not mine, not others').

If I'm confident with my answers, I added comments to their question, suggesting they add to their questions, explaining why the answers don't satisfy them, or that they should accept an answer.

I've received a few accepted answers this way. It seems many just forget about their questions. Reminding them to accept or follow up on the answers improves question/answer quality and prevents them from being bumped up unnecessarily. Otoh, they might just accept to shut me up.

Is this abuse of the comment functionality? It's not mentioned in the /privileges explanation, so I'm asking here.

  • An example of question(s) would be helpful. – James Mertz Oct 25 '10 at 15:38
  • @KronoS: My answers were accepted here, here and here. If there are multiple answers, I don't promote my own (at least not imo). I got no reaction here, probably due to the user being rather inactive. – Daniel Beck Oct 25 '10 at 16:22
  • Turns out those are oneliners. Hm... early onset Alzheimer's? – Daniel Beck Oct 26 '10 at 10:40
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Is this abuse of the comment functionality ?

I don't think so. The comments box are provided specifcally for this - for follow ups /clarifications and for the odd nudge.

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    As long as it remains 'the odd nudge' and doesn't become a spammy habit ;-) – Ivo Flipse Oct 23 '10 at 15:13
  • Of course @Ivo ;) – Sathyajith Bhat Oct 23 '10 at 21:33
  • Good enough for me to know it's not generally frowned upon. Thanks! – Daniel Beck Oct 27 '10 at 15:19

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