I do see some good comments by users. Should up-votes on comments award some reputation (maybe 1 or 2 points)?

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Comments should be used for:

  • Requesting clarification from the author
  • Leaving constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post
  • Adding relevant but minor or transient information to a post (for example, a link to a related question, or an alert to the author that the question has been updated)

Getting reputation for asking a clarification is not what I would want, considering that:

  • There is no way to down-vote a comment
  • Comments are generally ephemeral

The effect of giving reputation for up-votes on comments would be just to make users write comments with the hope to get up-voted, and extra reputation.

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  • I agree - allowing users to gain reputation based on comments would just end up bogging DA down with pointless comments in hope of obtaining reputation - DA is a support forum, not Reddit :) – Chapabu Oct 16 '12 at 8:26

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