A lot of times I see answers in comments, especially on questions from HNQ (Hot Network Questions). The trouble is they are sometimes helpful advice or may have many upvotes. I have been flagging such comments as "Other -> Answer in comments".

Should there be an option to migrate them? I remember there used to be a more specific flag for answers in comments, I'm not necessarily saying it should be added back.

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    Likely related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/302271/…
    – fbueckert
    Mar 22, 2019 at 19:24
  • No, you shouldn't
    – user1228
    Mar 22, 2019 at 19:42
  • @Won't Ironically you've made an answer in the comments (possibly intentionally to explain your opinion), can you please explain why instead of just leaving a comment though? Mar 22, 2019 at 19:52
  • Nah, don't want to spend the time.
    – user1228
    Mar 22, 2019 at 20:07
  • Do not raise flags like this on comments. The only options moderators have for comment flags are to delete the comment or to decline the flag. Which do you expect them to do? Do you want them to destroy value by deleting the comment? I certainly don't. If you want to motivate someone who posted a useful comment to post an answer, ping them in the comments and ask for them to do so. Otherwise, post an answer yourself, giving them the credit, since all content on this site is licensed under CC by-SA. (And no, there was never a flag for this.) Mar 23, 2019 at 3:35

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Should there be an option to migrate them?

I don't believe that such option is really necessary.

If you think it's worth it, just take the over comment and answer yourself, or encourage the commenter to write an answer by leaving another comment for them.
Usually you should probably flesh out a bit more about facts stated in the comment, since OP's had reasons to post a comment instead of an answer.

Most likely

  • The question is off-topic for the site at all
  • The question is too broad or opinion based
  • Did you mean "The answer"? Mar 22, 2019 at 19:26
  • No, I didn't mean that. If there's no "The (definite) answer" comments are likely to appear. Mar 22, 2019 at 19:27
  • Oh, okay. I understand what you are saying now. I frequent HNQ so my experience is probably different, but at least on those you can find examples of complete and good (not great) answers in the comments. Just scrolling through I find this very quickly, politics.stackexchange.com/questions/39639/… but you can find many more. Mar 22, 2019 at 19:32
  • Again, if they're worth it and applicable there might even be canonical duplicates chosen. There are reasons why users might to close questions but at least leave a helpful comment before the question disappears into the limbo. Mar 22, 2019 at 19:37
  • Oh, then I didn't get you, sorry. I am talking about answers in comments on questions, not new questions in comments on questions/answers. Mar 22, 2019 at 19:39

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