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On this question on Super User …

How to Copy Mac files to external NTFS hard drive?

… there is a comment:

Yes, it is possible. Check out this question:… – user98776

The interesting thing is that:

  • The user has 1 reputation
  • There was no migrated / deleted answer
  • The question itself was not migrated
  • The user is registered
  • The user does not have any associated network account, therefore no network profile
  • The mods don't see anything obvious.

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Why were they able to post a comment?

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Maybe they posted an answer and a moderator converted it after it was flagged? – Verbeia Sep 22 '11 at 12:48
No, there is no deleted answer on the post, I would have been able to see it. – slhck Sep 22 '11 at 12:48
up vote 24 down vote accepted

This could possibly be an effect of Answer appears automatically converted as a comment.

Trivial answers containing a link to another question in the network are automatically converted to comments on the question.

This would explain it, although I would have thought there would be something visible to mods that this had happened.

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Well, if that's by-design, then it's 1) the first time I've ever seen it and 2) confusing as hell. I'd much rather downvote or flag such an "answer". – slhck Sep 22 '11 at 12:52
@slhck how so? by itself it isn't really an answer (I think we all agree on that), and would have attracted lots of flags/"this should be a comment" comments - the system merely detected that and cut through all that fluff. In most cases it saves time... unless it prompts a meta question, of course ;p – Marc Gravell Sep 22 '11 at 13:01
Well, it certainly happens more often on SO, so I see where you're coming from! I've just never seen it :) @mar – slhck Sep 22 '11 at 13:12
@MarcGravell So this conversion doesn't leave a deleted answer behind like a conversion-by-moderator does? – Adam Lear Sep 22 '11 at 13:22
@Anna obviously it does not, which is the main point of confusion (for me, at least) – slhck Sep 22 '11 at 13:31
The answer for that question also reports, "After some internal discussion, when we convert an answer auto-magically we'll do the "linked answer" fade + a one time message to the poster only. This will not survive navigating away from the page, by design." – kiamlaluno Sep 22 '11 at 13:31
@Anna no, it does not. ONLY a comment is saved to the database. – Marc Gravell Sep 22 '11 at 13:58
Lets destroy it quickly... SE is becoming self aware! – William Hilsum Sep 22 '11 at 15:08
Wow. Can they edit the answer after the convert? In that case, they could create an comment & edit instead of just writing the comment. – Johannes Kuhn Jul 15 '13 at 9:16

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