This might be a duplicate request but I can't find it. Instead, what I have found is that numerous users have been upset because they've posted rather simple answers and the SO DB engine has posted them as comments to the original question.
I'm not sure if that's still a 'feature' (I've never seen it happen to me) but I would like to request a reverse-style feature for admins.
Can a feature be given to admins that allows them to promote perfectly legitimate answers that were posted as commented, to answers?
My reasoning is simple-- I have posted questions, I've received really simple but perfect answers, and the answerer (often with a very high rep score) has posted the answer as a comment. The question gets viewed time and time again by other users over the month, but the question appears to never be answered because the answer is a comment.
To make matters worse, these old questions some times do get answered, however, they are answered by someone with a low rep score who effectively duplicates the information in the answer comment! I want to give the commenter the answer mark, not new-user-X who may be looking for ways to bump his rep score by cherry picking unanswered questions. This presents a different problem. If I don't mark the new answer as the
Correct Answer my
Answer Acceptance percentage goes down if I refuse to give the new answerer the
Correct Answer mark. This is unintuitive.
Additionally, when I search for questions on a certain topic I look for questions with answers. If a question has 0 answers, I typically ignore it because it doesn't appear to have an answer from the search results. This, too, is a bit unintuitive if a question has been answered by a comment.
An alternative to giving Admins the rights to convert comments to answers is to allow the poster of the question to mark a comment as an answer. The comment could then be converted to an answer, or it could remain a comment but the question could be displayed as "Answered" from within the search results.
I'm not sure which approach is better but I think my original request or the alternative could provide a reasonable solution to my outlined problems.