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I like very much the recently-added ability to convert an answer to a comment. However, the dialog requires the actual ID of the post that will be the parent. It auto-fills the question ID, but for an answer, I have to go hover over the "link" button and memorize the ID (or else copy the whole link and delete everything but the ID).

Here's a screenshot so you don't have to read that terribly long paragraph to see what I mean:

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The list should ideally show a) the author, b) the first bit of the answer, and c) as a tiebreaker (if necessary) the answer ID.

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How would you identify the answer in the list? First couple dozen characters and the author's name? Instead of a dropdown, perhaps the better solution is one you alluded to - make it accept a link as well as the ID directly, like closing as a duplicate does. –  Kyle Cronin Feb 4 '11 at 17:24
    
@Kyle: thanks, forgot that bit. –  mmyers Feb 4 '11 at 17:26
    
Good idea. I usually follow the link and copy the PostID out of the address bar. It would be much easier if the authors were listed in a drop-down. –  Bill the Lizard Feb 4 '11 at 17:50
    
The glaring Internet Explorer CSS Rendering is killing my eyes! –  Marco Ceppi Feb 4 '11 at 17:58
    
@Marco Ceppi: Where? What's unusual here? –  mmyers Feb 4 '11 at 17:59
    
@mmyers New hotness Though this is on a different site. Maybe meta really has square close links. –  Marco Ceppi Feb 4 '11 at 18:03
    
@Marco: I think mmyers drew that drop-down freehand. ;) (Seriously though, that's how the buttons look in FF on SO.) –  Bill the Lizard Feb 4 '11 at 18:04
    
@BilltheLizard On the contrary the drop-down is awesome! I was commenting on the square close button. But I appear to be wrong that it's not just IE :P –  Marco Ceppi Feb 4 '11 at 18:25
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That field already accepts a link; that's what I've always used –  Michael Mrozek Feb 4 '11 at 18:44

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