I've read up on the 'Comment Everywhere' privilege and understand how the privilege itself works and that you require 50 reputation points to earn it.

What I don't understand is why?

I've only been registered for a little while and have had to use the Answer function a few times when in fact I didn't have a answer at all, I just wanted to leave a comment. Having to do this isn't in anyone's interest.

Why is it something you have to earn at 50 reputation points?

It just seems strange to me we can flag posts and vote them up (both of which in a sense is commenting on them) at only 15 reputation points, but to actually type a meaningful direct comment we have to wait to earn more than three times that many reputation points.

I did try to find an answer as to the logic behind this, but haven't found it yet. Anyone?

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This is more of a global Stack Exchange policy than one specific to UserExperience.Stackexchange.com, and has been discussed in the past over on the main meta.stackexchange.com site

But in summary; The purpose of Stack Exchange is a question and answer site. Comments are secondary and are not essential to the use of the site. You can ask questions and provide answers with no reputational requirements.

The reason for having a restriction on when you can comment is that this provides enough of a buffer for new users to get an understanding of how the sites operate and what sort of content is and isn't appropriate. If anyone could comment then the site would be full of "+1 Great answer!" comments against posts. Comments are for requesting clarification on posts, pointing out errors and suggesting improvements. Not just for general discussion (this isn't a social network). It also helps prevent spam (which is quite a problem across Stack Exchange).

You can comment on your own posts though, to reply to point raised in comments about your question/answer though.

Looking over you answers; two of them could easily be reworded into actual answers:

This one: When customizing your iWatch face the time changes to 10:09 is a bit on the speculative side though, so would likely be (and has been) challenged. But you can improve this by providing some research and elaborating.

This one: What is the best mobile number authorization strategy? without the commentary aspects would equally work as an answer, albeit requiring some fleshing out.

One I had to delete because it just stated you didn't know what an acronym meant (and if left as a comment that too would likely have been removed over time because it's not really adding anything to the question).

  • Thank you for that explanation. I do understand the need for a buffer, not entirely convinced that it should be at 50. But as a newbie I guess I don't really have the experience to make a valid judgement and I can live with that. :) Apr 28, 2016 at 22:41
  • Having just come across this problem again - my biggest issue with this is I can't use comments to ask an OP questions about their question. This is extremely frustrating. Perhaps the policy could be amended somewhat so that you need 50 reputation points to comment generally, but you only need 15 in order to comment on an actual question. Otherwise how do you ask an OP to clarify their question etc? Apr 29, 2016 at 2:10

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