Motivating example: Someone asked a question about hiding assets in a divorce, which received the following comment:

Sell some of your liquid assets and buy Bitcoin OTC. That is what cryptocurrency is for! You will probably lose your private key at some point, but at least wifey gets zilch.

This is, at the very least, terrible legal advice, and it's probably a crime in most jurisdictions to hide assets in a divorce (at least, lying under oath about your assets would be).

Answers advising people to commit crimes should be downvoted or commented on, but not edited. We don't have the ability to downvote comments, and the ability to reply to them directly is somewhat limited.

Should such comments be flagged for deletion?

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    Yes. They're extremely low quality attempts at answering the question, or they're not suggesting improvements to the question. Neither of these is appropriate from even a minimal rule viewpoint, much less a legal, ethical and moral position.
    – Nij
    Feb 22 at 7:32
  • Generally speaking, shouldn't it be discouraged to give an (attempt at an) answer in the comments?
    – Clockwork
    Mar 2 at 13:23

Yes, please flag.

Comments are temporary notes designed to improve the Q&A. That is, they should help either the author or the answerers with their posts or, say, link to another relevant question.

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