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While reviewing "Low Quality Posts", often I used to see answers in 2 categories

  1. Answers referring to a 3rd party site or other questions in Stack Exchange.
  2. Answers referring some sort of suggestions or clarification.

[Sometimes these answers escapes from Answer appears automatically converted as a comment]

So I used to go for "Recommended Deletion" options marking these answers as

  1. This is commentary on another post, not an answer
  2. This is link-only answer(not a spam)

Though they're not welcomed, Sometimes these links and suggestions are helpful in solving problems.

Therefore I have a suggestion, instead of deleting these 2 types answers can we convert them into comments for the question itself?

Here is an image for good understanding of my thoughts,

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I'm completely aware that users with 10K+ reputations can see these answers and users with less than 50 reputations can't comment to other's question. But somehow we should try to implement this feature

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That would be really useful +1 –  911 Apr 3 at 6:58

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No, please no.

Here are all the link-only answers from my first page of recent flags;

My problem is that if we converted all of these answers to a comment, they would be forever pinned above all the other (better, non-link-only) answers on the question, below the question.

Every question shown above has other answers to the question; we don't lose a solution to a question by removing link-only answers 9 times out of 10. By persisting the link as a comment however, we do introduce noise, in the worst possible place on the screen.

The only situation I'd consider converting the link-only answer to a comment is where the link-only answer is the only answer to a question, however:

  1. Deleting the only-answer would add the question to the /unanswered page again, and give it the exposure of getting answered by someone else (properly)
  2. Whilst the question would lose a solution in getting deleted, chances are, Stack Overflow would have another question with a solution on it (don't we love duplicates!)
  3. The Internet will have a solution; that link had to go somewhere.

... and all of this taken into account, it takes a really good (?) link-only answer in a unique situation for me to want to see it converted to a comment, rather than simply deleted.

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worth noting that this place being "worst possible" is because comments aren't condensed –  gnat Apr 3 at 9:07
    
Following your reasoning, the current automatic and moderator answer to comment conversion are both a really bad idea ... and so is commenting in general (???) ... or comments are just in the wrong place / displayed incorrectly (... which really doesn't make sense as a reason here IMO) - either way, either this is not representative of SE, or they're just contradicting themselves again. –  Dukeling May 17 at 21:15
    
@Dukeling: I would go as far to say yes, the automatic conversion is a bad idea. I've seldom seen moderators convert link-onlys to comments; more-often-than-not they just delete them outright, so I wouldn't drag that functionality into this. In terms of whether it's SEs representation opinion or not... see here and here. –  Matt May 19 at 9:38

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