Often a problem can be solved with a trivial answer, which can be stretched to make one complete sentence. These kinds of answers are often done as a comment because they don't seem worthy of "answer" status or because maybe there could potentially be another facet to the answer and someone else can turn it into something more comprehensive. Often these questions just end up in the "unanswered" collection.

What is the appropriate way to initially respond to such questions -- leave the trivial answer as a comment or leave anything that answers the question, regardless of triviality, as an answer?

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    Some possibly related discussion here -- not to say that your answers need to contain "excess theory", but if you're unable to write an answer long enough for the minimum character limit, it's probably not worth posting. I can't think of many cases where an answer under the minimum character limit would be OK. Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 16:14
  • From the discussion in that link, it sounds like a one sentence answer is appropriate if that's all it takes to answer the question.
    – fixer1234
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 16:49
  • Sure, but the way I interpreted your question, it sounded like you wanted to answer with fewer characters than the minimum required? Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 18:38
  • If you are really sure that you have fully answered the question and that you have explained enough then you can add HTML comments to add non-displayed text.
    – Hennes
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 19:31
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    Can you give an example? I've never hit the minimum character limit, mainly because instead of just giving the answer, I explain why it's the correct one
    – Robotnik
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 23:36


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