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I've noticed a recent trend of people answering questions in the comments. I've asked about this issue in the past, and though I understand that sometimes people don't want to write out a complete answer, the entire premise of Stack Exchange is "ask questions, get answers," NOT "ask questions, get comments." Stack Exchange is made for people to vote on the best answers, and downvote answers you feel do a bad job of explaining the question. You can only upvote comments, and if they spark disagreement, the only thing these answer-comments invite are more comments. This seems much more like a forum to me, and is exactly what Stack Exchange is not.

Please help maintain Chemistry.SE as a place to get both thorough and knowledgable answers. It doesn't take that much more time to just write out a full answer.

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    $\begingroup$ On the other hand this type of answer is flagged as NAA by random people for being too comment-ish. $\endgroup$ – Jan Nov 25 '15 at 9:58
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    $\begingroup$ I might write an answer on this if I might, but for now note that we should decide this on a case-by-case basis otherwise it won't be that useful. $\endgroup$ – M.A.R. Nov 27 '15 at 14:38
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    $\begingroup$ I cannot agree more with this. I'd upvote it twice if I could. $\endgroup$ – long Jan 20 '16 at 21:51
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Sometimes, however, it's better to give hints on really short or quick questions, so the asker can find the solution on their own. I have found that short hints posted as answers have often been voted down.

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    $\begingroup$ And rightfully so. I don't want chem.SE to turn into this. $\endgroup$ – M.A.R. Nov 27 '15 at 14:37

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