I really want to comment on this post and want a clarification on an answer that has been posted there. Unfortunately, I do not have enough reputation to leave comments.
That leaves me with two choices:
- Raise a new question about the answer to that question. In my opinion it does not add any value to the site, the community or that post (because the author of that post does not get informed automatically).
- Leave an answer to the post when a comment is clearly more appropriate (the small banner that comes up when you reply says exactly that).
Shouldn't we be more liberal on allowing comments than we are on allowing answers? Don't answers damage the quality more than the comments?
Also consider this, if I ask a duplicate question and my question gets closed, how do I participate in the discussion for the duplicate question? When closing questions as duplicates, should we automatically allow the author of the duplicate question to post comments?
P.S.:- To prevent spam can we not check the user's profile on other SEs? For example, my profile can show that I am a human being who means no harm.