What is comment upvoting for and what does the commentator get when his comments get upvoted?

  • @user178049 I don't know that a commentator is the same thing as a commenter . I know there was a misspelling in the title, so your edit is an improvement, it's just when I read "commentator" I think of Howard Cosell :)
    – ColleenV
    Feb 10, 2018 at 14:58
  • @ColleenV There was a discussion on ELU. If I actually understand the top-voted answer, I think it should be fine. I thought of using "comment author"; I guess it's a bit too long for a title :). Feb 10, 2018 at 19:35
  • @user178049 Well, that question and answer is almost 8 years old - that seems like a very long time for a word that is primarily Internet related, like "commenter". Oxford has a nice definition of commenter now: "A person who expresses an opinion or engages in discussion of an issue or event, especially online in response to an article or blog post." I thought this article expressed the difference pretty well too: jakubmarian.com/difference-between-commenter-and-commentator
    – ColleenV
    Feb 10, 2018 at 20:00

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Comment up-voting is to indicate that you agree with or like the comment. It doesn't give the author of the comment any benefit except to count toward the Pundit badge. Its primary purpose it to give people a way to voice their opinion without having to add a duplicate or "Me too!" comment.

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  • Let's say I aked a question and someone wrote a comment on it and the comment helped me with the question, would it be ok if I upvote the comment? Feb 2, 2018 at 21:33
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    If the comment helped you, you definitely should up-vote it instead of commenting "Thanks!" - Up-votes are the preferred way to say "thank you" on StackExchange :)
    – ColleenV
    Feb 2, 2018 at 21:38

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