Another user has made an important point about an answer I gave, rather than editing the answer directly. What is the appropriate way to give credit to that user when I edit my answer?

  • 4
    Just edit your answer. You can upvote their comment if you want.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 1:06
  • 3
    You could also say in the edit "As username pointed out in the comments, blah."
    – cpast
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 5:28

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In general, it really depends on the nature of the edit that would have been needed. If it was a substancial edit that changes the nature of the answer, its probably polite to comment rather than edit - which is why you might have gotten a comment. I personally thank the user, credit him, and edit in the necessary information. The commenter may have been courtious, and its nice to repay that in kind. If its someone I know (for example in chat), and/or the person has low rep, or is working towards an edit badge, I tend to suggest they do the edit (with encouraging words!), and that I'd approve it once they did. Once again, its not a hard and fast rule, but rather a way to be nice.

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