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An image is worth a thousand words

Apparently, an image is not worth a thousand words, as without at least a few words this won't meet quality standards.

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The law of unintended consequences strikes again. Though would encasing the offending strings in back ticks work? – ChrisF Jul 27 '11 at 15:08
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Let's try @format and @source – ChrisF Jul 27 '11 at 15:09
    
See also Don't block comments with two @lerts if one of them is @postowner. EDIT: Ah, only now I see - this is about conversion to a comment. That's a point I hadn't even considered before! – Hendrik Vogt Jul 27 '11 at 15:16
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How is this "by design", @Jeff? And what's the appropriate thing to do here? Have the moderator manually edit the answer to add backticks before trying to convert it to a comment? (Seems like an answer should generally be posted with a rationale whenever status-bydesign is added.) – Cody Gray Aug 26 '11 at 3:47
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@cody the answer is to press the 'delete answer' button, in the screenshot above. – Jeff Atwood Aug 26 '11 at 3:56

You can work around this by encasing the offending strings in back ticks:

Curiously, for my @docType data, the @format and @source tags ...

Though this would mean editing the "answer" before converting it to a comment - increasing the processing time considerably.

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So far I've had to edit approximately 100% of the answers I converted to comments anyway; they're almost never perfect – Michael Mrozek Jul 27 '11 at 15:43

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