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When an answer is converted into a comment, it is marked as "deleted". This can lead to great confusion as to why the answer was deleted, unless the moderator leaves a comment.

Either of these would prevent any confusion:

  • Instead of writing "deleted" on the answer, write "converted into a comment."
  • Automatically add a comment saying that "Your answer was converted into a comment for this post."
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I like the 2nd variant, and your proposed text sound good to me. – Hendrik Vogt Mar 23 '11 at 13:09
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I'm more in favor of the second one, probably with some sort of bypass rule like how the "possible duplicate" auto-comment works. – Grace Note Mar 23 '11 at 13:11
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or the first one could say converted to a comment on post 123456 by moderatorX ♦ – studiohack Mar 23 '11 at 15:02
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We had a user get confused about this: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/301/… – Isaac Moses Jul 27 '11 at 21:44
up vote 18 down vote accepted

The convert to comment moderator function will now display the fact that an answer was converted to a comment after the next build.

EDIT: this is how it will appear

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Will this be retroactive to previously converted comments? – Al E. Aug 12 '11 at 19:38
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@Al - no it won't apply retroactively because we didn't previously have a post history record for this action – Geoff Dalgas Aug 12 '11 at 20:17
    
@Geoff: Ah, ok. Last quick question, is that something that a sub-10k would be able to see? It was my understanding that answers deleted by someone other than the owner will not be visible to them. – Jeff Mercado Aug 12 '11 at 20:24
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@Jeff 10ks have always been able to see all deleted posts, regardless of who deleted them – Michael Mrozek Aug 12 '11 at 20:26
    
@Jeff Oh, I completely misread that as 10ks. Ignore me :). So you mean answers deleted by someone other than themselves would not be visible to them – Michael Mrozek Aug 12 '11 at 20:29
    
@michael no, that is not true; deleted answers are always visible to users on the question, if they own the answer. – Jeff Atwood Aug 13 '11 at 6:00
    
When you convert to a comment, you have to pick a location (the question or another answer). Could you add that information to the message? – Borror0 Aug 13 '11 at 17:05
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Is this supposed to be already active? I just converted an answer to a comment on a question on Programmers and it still said it was "deleted". – Adam Lear Aug 15 '11 at 12:46
    
@GeoffDalgas Has this been implemented? It still doesn't show up on answers converted to a comment... – Lorem Ipsum Oct 9 '11 at 17:28
    
I'm not seeing it either. Is it only shown to the person who posted the answer but not to the moderator who converted it? – Rahul Jan 13 '12 at 14:36
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Geoff, this apparently shows that note only to the poster himself. 10k-ers and mods still just see deleted by *. Can this be extended to all users who can see the deleted post, along with a link to the comment? Should I make a separate feature request? – HodofHod Jul 1 '12 at 3:03

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