This question now has two questions-posted-as-answers from new users. When this happens, we delete the answer but also leave a comment asking the new user to post their own question:
Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Unfortunately, your answer does not answer the question. Without wishing to sound harsh, StackExchange is a Q&A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&A way. I know that this might seem a pain, but can you repost your question using the Ask Question link at the top of the page? When you repost your new question, please feel free to refer back to this original question using the URL, seeing as it is the reason why you posted in the first place
However, they don't seem to ever re-post their query as a question.
So, my point is, should we:
- Convert the answer into a comment so that someone can answer them (also via a comment);
- Leave the answer as is (so that someone can answer them (also via a comment)), or;
- Continue deleting and leaving the standard comment.
Points 1 and 2 are both against SE policy, and would turn the Q&A format into a forum of threaded messages, so point 3 would be the correct "SE way" of doing things. However, it does also mean that these new users:
- Don't get any help, and;
- Seem to get scared off.
Any ideas how to fix this? Or am I worrying too much?
I guess a user with enough rep could (if they know the answer), briefly undelete the answer, leave a comment as to provide a solution, and then re-delete it. However, this is a double edged sword: this wouldn't encourage the new user to post their own question, although it would give them the help that they need. Also, not only does it encourage bad SE etiquette, we probably don't have enough users with sufficient rep to do this.
Another way of looking at it is that, if the new user really needs help then they will post their own question, and if they don't post one, then they weren't all that desperate, after all.