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On this question question, a user named Ben Brooks left a comment with only 1 reputation. Since 50 reputation is required to comment anywhere, how is it possible that this was able to comment?

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    They may have tried to post that as an answer and it got auto-converted (because it was basically a link). Not sure if that script is supposed to catch the under-comment-rep threshold.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 5:31
  • @animuson would you tell me than what the meaning of the 50 reputation to comment anywhere ? Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 5:33
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    @Mayankswami - see: stackoverflow.com/privileges/comment
    – Kev
    Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 22:27

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The user attempted to post that as an answer, but it was automatically converted to a comment by the system.

There is some debate over whether or not this is something that should happen, since as you noted the user cannot leave comments otherwise (he can only write comments with 50 reputation except when the system converts his answers automatically), but it's currently the expected behaviour.

  • dont you think its creating the conflict in the privileges Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 5:38
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    It might be, so it's possible that it will be changed in the future. The answer will only be converted to a comment in some cases, so it's not something to worry too much about.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 5:44
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    @Mayankswami Sort of, but the rules for automated to-comment conversion are pretty specific. I don't recall the exact details, but the answer has to involve a link to another question on the same site and not much else, if memory serves. There's a trade-off between creating a comment from someone with less than 50 rep and letting a very low quality answer (really, just a pointer to another question - likely a duplicate) go through. A comment is usually more appropriate, so we automatically convert.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 5:55

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