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An unfortunate consequence of the comment/answer confusion

In this Q&A system there's a filter to show only unanswered questions. That's a good thing. People like to go looking for questions that need answers, and being able to find them easily is very helpful. Unfortunately, this filter hides questions for which there is an answer at all, not only questions for which there is an accepted answer. At the moment, where people are submitting comments as answers (made worse by the fact the new users can't comment, but can submit answers), this is going to result in many unanswered questions not appearing on the list.

I hope people looking for unanswered questions aren't relying just on this filter.

I think we need to do something to help people understand how comments and answers are supposed to be used...

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  • Oct 14, 2016 at 09:59 AM

    To my mind the idea to differentiate between the answer and comment is a bad idea. The logic of the discussion is now too complex and it's hard to find new comments in the long discussion. Also people will continue using answers instead of comments....

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    • And the voting process makes everything worse. Answers that are up-voted now precede answers that where made before. Besides this gives un-rightful power to people to decide which is the correct answer from several answers or which one is better than the other something that should be kept solely to the person who posted the original question, in my opinion.

  • Oct 14, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Test answer to check for spaces in the beginning of lines

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