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There seems to be an unusual trend going on. Even in the meta, I am seeing answers posted in the comments sections that could very fittingly have been in the answers section (meaning someone simply posted the answer in the comments section, without any prior discussion in the comments). Is there a reason for this, such as perhaps someone not wanting to receive up votes or down votes? Or is it an encouraged convention so that the question can be viewed more? Answering questions in comments seems to be misleading since the number of answers is recorded as zero and thus the question appears alive when in fact it has been answered. Many times I have received answers in the comments that I would have gladly marked as the answer if it was posted in the place where I could do so. Am I in the dark about something?