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I have noted that many questions appear to have 0 answers, when there are several answers given as comments. What is the exact protocol for when an answer should be posted as an answer (or not)?

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    Maybe this is a question for Meta.
    – MathLind
    Jan 27 '15 at 18:40
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    Answers posted as comments imply the question was not deep enough, nor the "solution" deep enough to warrant a the title of a full answer. This does, admittedly, mislead some solvers who go to questions that have been already solved. Jan 27 '15 at 18:41
  • Go to Meta and search "Posting answers in comments". Some good answers there. Cheers.
    – MathLind
    Jan 27 '15 at 18:46
  • Thanks to MathLind. This was helpful.
    – John McGee
    Jan 27 '15 at 18:53
  • Yup, as David Stork mentioned, usually if a question is easily answered by reading the documentation, or is due to a simple mistake, or is really easy, or is badly/vaguely formulated, then it is answered in comments (and then subsequently closed). The reason for this is StackExchange mechanics: if a non-useful question is answered, then it will not be auto-deleted even if it is closed, and thus remains on the site forever. Thus, to uphold site quality, users avoid responding via answers, and instead use comments. Jan 27 '15 at 23:30

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