Not long ago, nobody provided an answer to a question I had but a comment answered the question that I had. I noticed that the question kept getting viewed and another user asked about the status of the question. For the future, if a comment answers my question then should I close the question, delete it,... I don't want other users to waste their time providing an answer when I already understand it. What's the best way to handle this situation?


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    $\begingroup$ If no one else has posted an Answer, and you yourself were satisfied with a Comment as solving the problem you wanted help with, a natural step is to invite the Commenter to post an Answer, and failing that, you are encouraged to write up the solution as a self-answer. Did you consider doing that? $\endgroup$ – hardmath Aug 6 '18 at 14:42
  • $\begingroup$ ok. That's what I'll do from now on. thanks $\endgroup$ – john fowles Aug 6 '18 at 14:55
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    $\begingroup$ For answers where you don't want to take credit for the original idea (such as when you are writing an answer merely to transcribe an idea from a comment), you can mark the answer as "community wiki". This avoid earning rep points from someone else's idea, and it also suggests to other editors that they are welcome to edit the answer to improve it. $\endgroup$ – Carl Mummert Aug 6 '18 at 15:46

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