Comment space is very short.

Sometimes I have a very long comment where I would like to have the same capabilities as are available for Answers (e.g., paste long lists, show code, figures, ...) in order for my comment to be understood.

I haven't done this yet but I could write the Comment as an Answer with the first line:

"This is not an Answer but too long for a Comment"

Is it permissable to write a Comment as an Answer?

Edit by Belisarius

Please upvote if you think it's OK, or downvote otherwise. So we can use this question as the "community consensus"

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    It seems to be a pretty common practice: mathematica.stackexchange.com/…
    – Karsten 7.
    Sep 2, 2015 at 19:51
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    It's fine for me to post something too long for comments as an answer. If you're uncomfortable with accruing rep for that, you can of course set it as CW. Sep 2, 2015 at 19:53
  • An alternative is using a link to a picture of e.g. you Mathematica notebook.
    – Karsten 7.
    Sep 2, 2015 at 19:58
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    I would not suggest doing this on StackOverflow, because there is no provision for this in the formal StackExchange rules. But each community makes its own informal rules, and here it seems to be an accepted practice. So go ahead, as I highly doubt that anyone will complain about it. (And nor should they, in my opinion.) Sep 2, 2015 at 20:15
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    I've had extended comments that became answers. Truthfully, I think extended comments are fine as they often illustrate finer points not covered by the other answers.
    – rcollyer
    Sep 2, 2015 at 20:59
  • Why not an "Extended comment" tag? Seems like it might prove useful.
    – Jagra
    Sep 8, 2015 at 13:12
  • @Jagra because one cannot tag answers; only questions. Sep 15, 2015 at 11:54
  • @OleksandrR. -- Ah, of course. Must not be getting enough sleep these days.
    – Jagra
    Sep 16, 2015 at 4:13

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This is an extended comment, not an answer.

I searched my answers on the phrase "not an answer", a phrase I generally include in extended comments. I found 13 such answers. All but one had up votes. One them had 10 and another 13, although most had just one or two. So, yes, I would say that posting extended comments as answers is an accepted practice on Mathematica.SE.

One reason I resort to posting an extended comment as an answer is that I want to include graphics or many lines of code.

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