I stumbled in a comment discussion on a question here : Customer search using LINQ followed by conditional filtering of results
The first comment from the OP :
Awesome, thank you for the Order By tip. However, what if i had 20 if statements, thus making my function huge. Would you have a suggestion as to how the function could be re-written?
And the response from another user :
@ShareYourKnowledge We don't review hypothetical code, only the real thing.
My first reaction to the second comment was that even if the comment was asking a question about hypothetical code, it was a comment. It's not a real question of this site, so I don't mind people asking question about hypothetical situation since it's only a comment in response to answer.
Can a question in a comment really be off-topic ?
Is this a problem for this site if user ask questions about hypothetical situation in response in an answer ?
The problem that arise from that discussion is an argumentation about what is on/off topic for the site which was more damaging in my eyes than asking an hypothetical question.
If a comment is really off-topic, should we not flag it instead ? Comments are second citizen so if they are a nuisance we should get rid of it.