In this revision of the Guidelines for reviewing low-quality posts, we can read under the sub section Comments posted as an answer

If the answer would actually be a constructive comment, consider flagging it for moderator attention.

What would a mod do that a non-mod can't do? Can they transform an answer into a comment?

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    Yes, mods can convert answers to comments, or delete them outright if they wouldn't even add value as a comment. – Dan Bron Mar 21 '17 at 14:38

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