Just joined the site. This is probably a foolish question, but I see lots of comments on people's questions and answers, but no button with which I can add a comment of my own. I see a way to answer, but not a way to comment. What am I missing that other people are not? (I've hunted unsuccessfully for an answer on the site.)
Hello pensator and welcome to the Linguistics SE site!
I suppose this is the first SE site you sign up to, so I hope you'll have a good experience with us. Like Otavio Macedo said, you need 50 reputation for comments.
If you need further info (in the future), you can check your privileges in two ways:
If you hover the cursor over your name on the Main site, a drop-down window will appear. Click on "Privileges" and you'll see what you can or cannot do (yet).
You can also access this page by adding
/privilegesto any SE site address.
You should find a page with a list on the right, where you can see your progress. When a privilege reaches 100%, it'll mean you have that privilege.
You need a 50 reputation to write comments. As you gain more reputation, you are allowed to do more things on Stack Exchange sites. Remember that an upvote on a question increases your score by 5 and an answer, by 10. So, keep writing good questions and answers and you will be able to participate more effectively on the site!
But meanwhile it means that stuff that should go in a comment has to be put in an answer instead (or left unwritten). I'm not too sure that makes sense...
Yeah, for me it's kind of weird too.. But I think they put that in order to avoid spam. In my experience, your options seem to be just not write it, write it as an answer then immediately flag it so that admins can convert to comment, or (if the issue you want to comment require admin action) flag the question and say what you want to say