The comment you linked in your question is for a site that is in public beta phase. When sites are in private beta phase, or public beta phase, it's normal for Stack Exchange staff, especially Community Coordinators, to chime in and close questions or remove comments. That is because, in those phases, a site doesn't normally have moderators, who are normally appointed later in the public beta phase.
The fact a Community Coordinator removed comments doesn't mean that suddenly comments are not welcome on Stack Exchange. As the privilege page for comment everywhere says, comments are temporary notes, which should be used for specific purposes:
- Request clarification from the author
- Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post
- Add relevant but minor or transient information to a post (e.g. a link to a related question, or an alert to the author that the question has been updated)
They should not be used for the following:
- Suggesting corrections that don't fundamentally change the meaning of the post; instead, make or suggest an edit
- Answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer; instead, post an actual answer (or edit to expand an existing one)
- Compliments which do not add new information ("+1, great answer!")
- Criticisms which do not add anything constructive ("-1, see previous comments you scallywag!")
- Secondary discussion or debating a controversial point
- Discussion of community behavior or site policies
In particular, long discussions trigger an automatic flag for moderators of the site (which, for a beta site, normally are Community Coordinators) who can remove the comments, or move them to a chat room, if they feel the comments should be preserved for a bit longer.
As for answers given as comments, Stack Exchange is not enforcing the no answers as comment policy. Clearly, in a Q&A site, the continuous use of comments to write an answer, especially when done from more users at the same time and for the same question, would be problematic, since:
- Comments cannot be down-voted
- Comments cannot be accepted
- Comments are hard to read, especially when there are many comments
Stack Exchange aims to be a repository of knowledge. It would not be possible to achieve this if blatantly wrong answers are at the same level with other answers, and if the OP would not be able to accept an answer. So, yes, Stack Exchange doesn't like much answers given as comments.
That is also one of the reasons why users are able to comment on questions asked by other users much later than they are able to write an answer. They give the ability to write comments when users possibly understood when to use comments. In a site in beta phase, where the reputation necessary to comment and do other things is lower than in sites out of the beta phase.
That said, there are cases where you can see users writing answers in comments, probably because:
- They don't have the time to write more complete answer, and they want to give a hint for somebody else to write a complete answer
- They want to understand what exactly the OP is asking
- They think the question should be closed, but they want to help a little the OP