Ever so often answers by new users turn up that are not really answers at all and would be better suited for comments. I've, on several occasions, commented on such answers to let them know this not realizing (pointed out by DucatiKiller in the last occasion I did this) that they lack requisite privilege to post comments.
Though I buy the justification for doing so in other SE websites like StackOverflow, I'm not sure if those apply so well here.
- It's deterring participation by newer users (eg. no option to request clarifications)
- It's attracting lower quality answers as it's been used as a way to circumvent the above.
Two questions -
- Should Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair drop the reputation requirement for comments? If not, how can the above issues be handled?
- How do I treat such answers in review?