Acknowledging reviewers properly?

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In our October “how can we help you?” thread, a reader asks:

Is there a preferred way to decide when to acknowledge a specific reviewer comment with a dedicated footnote, instead of offering a general thank-you in an acknowledgments section? For example, suppose a reviewer recommends I cite a paper that I have not cited, or asks for additional argument in support of a premise. If I make requested changes like these, should I flag them and thank “an anonymous reviewer” in individual footnotes? Or is a single/general acknowledgments note enough?

These are good questions. I standardly acknowledge reviewers in comments, but sometimes also do so in a dedicated footnote here or there to thank them for asking me to address a particular issue or objection, if it seems to me a particularly important one. But I don’t have any formula for this. 

What do other authors do/consider to be a best practice here?

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