People often use the comments section to answer questions.
Should we encourage people to use the Answer space for answers and the Comments space only to ask for more information or to clarify a question>
According to the Bicycle StackExchange Tour
Use comments to ask for more information or clarify a question or answer.
An example of an answer in the comments might look something like:
Question: "What makes black bike tires black?"
Comment: "A black bike tire has carbon black as an ingredient to improve tensile and abrasion wear properties."
(I modified a previously asked and answered question as a model for this example.)
When a question is answered as a comment:
- I'm discouraged from providing an answer in the answer space.
- It does not allow the community to vote on the appropriateness of the answer.
- It is not what the comment section is designed for - clarification or requesting more information.
- Answers in comments can't have the detail needed to provide a good answer - there is not enough space, no pictures are possible and the formatting is minimal.