I am used to say post to mean either a question/answer or a comment posted on a Stack Exchange site, influenced from the fact that post seems to me a verb I could use for answers and comments.

Looking at the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (the fifth definition), I read the following definition.

a message sent to a discussion group on the Internet; a piece of writing that forms part of a blog

On the given examples, I interpret That forum does not allow posts from nonmembers. as referring to either a forum post or replies to a forum post done from other users (which in the Drupal CMS I use are comments).

Can I use post to include also comments, or should post just be used for what in Stack Exchange sites are questions and answers?

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    This is more about distinguishing between an initial statement posted online - in whatever forum - and responses to it. A response may simply be a brief comment or a lengthy rebuttal/analysis etc. What constitutes a post is then often just a matter of opinion.. In short, it's a grey area. Commented Jun 10, 2020 at 10:08
  • A convention has arisen on many sites of not calling comments "posts". You should follow the accepted terminology used by other users of the site so that you won't be misunderstood.
    – rjpond
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 9:19

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This is a tough one. It sounds correct, but I personally am used to hearing for example: "a comment on a post". This would imply that "post" is the main object, like your question. Comment would be an extension of that main object.

I looked it up too and it doesn't say that it is limited to the main "posts" like I said before. It can apparently be "content published online", so now having this makes me think that "post" can be used for comments as they are also online content.

I would personally still use "comment" just for my own comfort.


A post (the noun), is not a comment.

You can post a comment, but a comment is not a post.

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    That seems a bit cryptic. If you can post it why is it not classified as a post I wonder?
    – mdewey
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 11:15

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