On most SE sites, giving answers as comments is generally frowned upon.
But here, it seems to be a very common practice.
I realize that this site is different in that most questions are quick one-offs, and most people with a question don't bother searching old answers, but is that really a good reason for treating comments differently than other sites do?
For instance, this recent question has no answer, but it does have three comments:
- an answer to the question.
- an addition to that answer.
- a suggestion to look at a duplicate question.
The first should have been a real answer. The second should have been a comment on that answer. The third should have been a "flag as duplicate" (which I have since done).
What makes this feel especially wrong is that all three commentators have reputations in the many tens of thousands.
(Note that I'm only using this as an example, not trying to single out those three specific people.)