I want to comment on a question and provide some feedback but I can’t.

How can I build up privilege quickly so I can comment?


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You acquire privileges by building up your reputation. These concepts are discussed in the Help Center: What is reputation? How do I earn (and lose) it? and List of privileges you can earn. The short version is: there are basically three ways to get reputation:

  • Find questions that you can answer, and answer them.
  • Ask new, intelligent, well-researched questions. This is sometimes harder than writing answers.
  • Find posts (questions and answers) with severe problems (typically in formatting or English) and edit them.

I still find really strange that (apparently) newbies are allowed to edit others users posts but not allowed to add comments (to ask for more detailed explanation on a solution for instance)

  • Please read Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead?
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 20:30
  • Sorry for the jargon usage (this forums seem to have really strict posting rules). And regarding my initial question, since I'm a "new user" (regarding superuser, not in general) I'm getting very frustrated when I find a answer which is false or incomplete and I'm unable to comment because I'm lacking reputation. Commented Sep 22, 2015 at 6:59
  • And sorry too for the delayed answer: I've setup email notifications but unfortunately this is not working for me (I hope that feature is not of reputation level dependent too) Commented Sep 22, 2015 at 7:23

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