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One of my accepted answers at Stack Overflow was converted to a comment saying "your post was converted to a comment in Stack Overflow." What does this mean?

I wonder why an accepted answer which worked needed to be dealt with by converting to a comment. Won't it help others in the future? Is there a list of possible causes?

Well I had important another question in my mind that happens to copy pasted answers. Is it allowed with refrence to the original author? I see a person with 2500 reputation copy paste all his answer and being linked to in a question. Since links to questions may not work always since answers or questions may be deleted was my point?

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i guess your answer was too short, or just a link to another answer which the system figured was better as a comment converted-to-a-comment –  TheFisherMan May 25 '12 at 5:00
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Link to the answer? –  Cody Gray May 25 '12 at 5:03
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See a previous question.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/108979/… –  Shree May 25 '12 at 5:05
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Ultimately, does it really matter? This question was closed as not a real question and I'm sure with the meta attention it's getting, it will probably get deleted altogether soon enough. –  animuson May 25 '12 at 5:07
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"One of my accepted answers" @animuson, isn't it a grammatical mistake. –  Lucifer May 25 '12 at 5:33
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@Rinzler , downvotes on meta is consider as not agree with you. and my previous comment was not for you. see i have marked it for animuson –  Lucifer May 25 '12 at 5:44
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See: Are upvotes and downvotes different on meta? People probably agree that your answer should have been converted to a comment, so they're disagreeing with your question which is implicitly contesting this decision on the part of a moderator. It's not a bad question, it was just a little hard to understand before it was edited (and you provided the link to the answer). –  Cody Gray May 25 '12 at 6:07
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Please stop defacing your question. If you do this again, there will be consequences. –  Cody Gray May 25 '12 at 9:28
    
i want to delete this question its of no use –  Rinzler May 25 '12 at 9:28
    
You can't delete it, it's been answered. It's obviously of some use, you originally commented to my answer that you didn't know that and had learned something. And if it was useful to you, it's likely to be useful to someone else. If it were really of no use, why did you ask it in the first place? –  Cody Gray May 25 '12 at 9:31
    
i didnt know others wont like the question anyways i see the question i asked is duplicate only meta.stackexchange.com/questions/118814/… ya your answer was helpfull but i hate serial downvoting it pisses me off –  Rinzler May 25 '12 at 9:33
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This is not "serial downvoting"; that is when one user follows you around and downvotes a large number of your posts one after the other. That didn't happen here. I already explained why people downvoted this question. Just because something has been downvoted does not give you the right to delete it, and on Meta (as I already explained) it does not even imply that it is "of no use". –  Cody Gray May 25 '12 at 9:35
    
ok agreed ur point is correct :( –  Rinzler May 25 '12 at 9:36
    
@Lucifer "One of my accepted answers" is grammatically correct. In this instance, you are talking about a single accepted answer, from a choice of many accepted answers, so it is necessary to pluralise the word "answers". In the sentence, "One" refers to the singular object in discussion, "answers" refers to the group it was drawn from. I.e. "One answer out of many accepted answers". –  staticbeast May 25 '12 at 12:17
    
@staticbeast thanks for downvoting please flag it to for all who downvote flag it to . –  Rinzler May 25 '12 at 12:49

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Because you posted an answer that consisted solely of links to external resources. Answers like this are not considered good answers for Stack Exchange sites for a couple of reasons:

  1. Links to external resources can go down at any time, rendering your answer useless.
  2. Our goal here is to build up a library or "encyclopedia" of information about a particular topic. To that end, we expect answers (and questions too!) to be completely self-contained, meaning that they should be the only thing you have to read.

It is, however, completely fine to post related links as a comment, so rather than lose your contribution entirely by deleting the answer, the moderator clicked a button to automatically convert your answer into a comment.

If you wanted to turn this into an answer, you could edit it (even while deleted) and add a summary of the information contained in the link. At that point, you would only be providing the link for reference, not as the sole content of your answer. Once that's done, you could then flag the answer for moderator attention, explain what happened, and ask that it be undeleted. But in this particular case, I wouldn't worry too much about it, since that question has already been closed and isn't likely to be re-opened…

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+1 - Very nice explanation. This could be great to put in the FAQ. –  jmort253 May 25 '12 at 7:07
    
@jmort253, it is in the FAQ: Why are some questions or answers removed? –  RivieraKid May 25 '12 at 9:27
    
Yeah, I'm tl;dr to write FAQ answers. In other news, sorry @RivieraKid for plundering your suggested edit by rolling back the question. Didn't notice that counter in the top bar until it was too late. :-) Hope the system doesn't ban you from suggesting edits or something! –  Cody Gray May 25 '12 at 9:36
    
No worries - the rollback was the important thing anyway; besides, if it does, I'm sure I'll be back to complain :-) –  RivieraKid May 25 '12 at 9:38

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