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How to reply to answers?

asked 2011-04-12 12:33:47 -0500

Eponymous gravatar image

updated 2011-04-19 15:39:02 -0500

If someone replies to a question, that shows up in the stats on the main page and bumps the question to the top of the list.

So how should we comment on that answer so that the same thing happens? AFAICS, commenting does nothing to move the question to the top of the list, so if you have a follow-up question, no one can tell.

Comments most certainly do not move questions to the top of the list, leaving those with further questions to either edit their original questions (as I am currently doing) or "answer" their original question with another question.

Here I am adding a follow-up question to Eric's comment: how is this easier to read than a back and forth within the comments? (Answer: it isn't)

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Editing your original question with additional information (or adding followup questions that help answer the original questions) is a good thing. That way, anyone searching in the future can easily see the entire question and followups without browsing through a whole list of things.
Eric Perko gravatar image Eric Perko  ( 2011-04-14 16:38:01 -0500 )edit
Well, ideally you'd somehow mark your question as "EDIT" or something so that we can see that there was something added on to the original. Mainly the idea is that your question and the accepted answer will be at the top of the page and easiest to see - so anything that might help somebody
Eric Perko gravatar image Eric Perko  ( 2011-04-19 16:32:42 -0500 )edit
with the same problem in the future would be good to have in one of two places, either the question or the accepted answer. Otherwise, they may have to try to read through a whole comment thread and figure out if any of it is helpful for the actual solution. E.g. of comment overload:
Eric Perko gravatar image Eric Perko  ( 2011-04-19 16:34:29 -0500 )edit
http://answers.ros.org/question/527/vim-code-completion-under-ros . Also, the comments have a character limit of 300 chars and cannot be formatted nicely, like a question body or answer can be. Now, do you think these 4 comments are better as comments or would be better as a separate answer? :)
Eric Perko gravatar image Eric Perko  ( 2011-04-19 16:35:53 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-04-12 13:15:43 -0500

tfoote gravatar image

updated 2011-04-26 10:16:09 -0500

If you sort by activity it will reflect any activity on the question or a new answer. Or edits to the question or answers.

From Eric above: Editing your original question with additional information (or adding followup questions that help answer the original questions) is a good thing. That way, anyone searching in the future can easily see the entire question and followups without browsing through a whole list of things

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I'm referring to the default sorting.
Eponymous gravatar image Eponymous  ( 2011-04-14 14:36:25 -0500 )edit
For example, that comment I just made did NOT move this question to the top of the list, even though it's sorted by activity.
Eponymous gravatar image Eponymous  ( 2011-04-14 14:37:01 -0500 )edit
Test activity sorting.
tfoote gravatar image tfoote  ( 2011-04-26 10:11:20 -0500 )edit

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