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Asked: May 07 '15 at 00:18

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Last updated: Jun 19 '15 at 13:13

I did a search- perhaps this has been asked before... Why not give 5 points for each point earned on the comment area? Sometimes, the best discussion goes on in the comment area. I would think this would encourage a everyone to check out the comments, and to vote up a comment that helps discussion, or brings out a good point.

I am not sure that anyone should be allowed to vote down a comment.

Maybe I am dreaming, but this might encourage discussion between more people under any given answer. Also, another thought: Why not award the privilege of earning points for comments after a certain amount of points have been earned?

I wrote for a website that promoted not only what I wrote, but also had a separate status as a reviewer. I am not suggesting this here- rather, I seemed to see a lot of lively comments, because people were motivated not only to write, but to vote.

This question was inspired by a great discussion between a lot of members and @Stingray here. I read through what was written back in 2011, and it was a terrific discussion, and points were given for good comments.

It would be a way to make the site more active and at the same time, encourage everyone to read everything under a particular question.

Thanks- I hope that this has not been asked before.


asked May 07 '15 at 00:18

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As I've explained previously, comments are a "necessary evil". We do everything we can to discourage discussions on Inward Quest (especially in comments) and keep the focus of this website on specific high-quality answers to specific high-quality questions. There are thousands of other websites for chats and discussions, but not this one. Inward Quest is a Q&A site where the information quality is high and the noise levels are low, and that is what makes it different. If an on-topic discussion is ongoing in the comments section, it suggests that somebody should be asking a new question instead.


answered May 07 '15 at 09:56

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The logic is flawed. If you allow comments at all then you should allow full functionality around them. If you don't want them, then you should just get rid of them altogether. There is no reason why comments have to be treated as a necessary evil. The site will function just fine if you disallow comments completely and be done with it.

(Jun 19 '15 at 13:13) cod2
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