Over the last couple of days, I have put information in the comments section and I have had users indicate that I should put the information in an answer. I feel that in both cases, there was a serious flaw in the process which demanded that I submit a comment.
In short, each question could have been researched before being asked and the information I presented could have been turned up quickly. One of the standards for a "good question" is "Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question?" (From the FAQ). When I post a comment it is because I am showing the effect of 2 minutes with a google search. I don't feel that I am providing an answer, just a route to seeing what others have already hashed out. It is almost the equivalent of a backhanded downvote.
I know, I can downvote the question. I know I don't have to participate. But it seems that if I have the info, I should pass it along without claiming that I am adding anything to the conversation.
Should I be copying/pasting or briefing the answer presented somewhere else and claiming it as my answer? I haven't checked the sources. I didn't do any actual research (even if I give the source, it seems like it shouldn't be called my answer).
And of course, if this has been answered already and I missed it, feel free to answer with only a link in a comment.