Ok, bear with me here - I'm new to StackExchange as a whole.

First off, am I using the meta site correctly by posting this question here rather than on the main site? If not, let me know how/where I should have posted it.

In this question, I posted an "answer", even though I felt I should probably post a "comment". Sure enough, someone pointed out that I should have commented rather than answered. Perfectly fair, but... How does one comment? I can't seem to find any way to comment on a question. Do I need more reputation to be able to comment?

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Hi and welcome to SFSE !

Well, this is how comments work:

  • you need 50 rep to comment globally (e.g. on every answer or comment)
  • you can always comment on your own questions and answers and/or answers to your questions.

You can read it here:

How does comment voting and flagging work?


As for the your comment, I converted it to a comment.


It does seem a little weird to be able to write an answer before you can comment. This is a comment for instance -- it doesn't seem to warrant it's own question - but I want to bolster the questioners stance... Most of what I want to do is comment, so it's frustrating...

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    I'd say ... comment as an answer but try to do it a bit more extensively. And .. ignore the comments and responses you'll get on that for doing so. You're new and your options are limited. Either the comment-ish answer is good enough for an answer and it'll stay, or a moderator may convert it into a comment for you. That is definitely the way I handle these. Thank you for contributing! Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 9:17
  • @Adrian Cotter I agree that it seems a bit odd not to be able to comment when you can already post questions or answers and I personally would agree with the bar being lower on being able to post a comment. Now I believe that you will be able to comment as you have got enough rep.
    – Dave Humm
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 13:56
  • cheers guys. looks like I now do have the rep :) which now I think will remove that barrier from contributing a little more! Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 17:11

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