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:

convert to comment

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. Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 17:24
  • @Kyle: thanks, forgot that bit.
    – mmyers
    Commented Feb 4, 2011 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. Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 17:50
  • The glaring Internet Explorer CSS Rendering is killing my eyes! Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 17:58
  • @Marco Ceppi: Where? What's unusual here?
    – mmyers
    Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 17:59
  • @mmyers New hotness Though this is on a different site. Maybe meta really has square close links. Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 18:03
  • @Marco: I think mmyers drew that drop-down freehand. ;) (Seriously though, that's how the buttons look in FF on SO.) Commented Feb 4, 2011 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 Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 18:25
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    That field already accepts a link; that's what I've always used Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 18:44
  • ^ last comment just saved me a huge headache. thanks!!
    – cherrykoda
    Commented Jan 17 at 23:01

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Using @MichaelMrozek's comment from the above.

I've found success in clicking "share" on an answer to get the URL and pasting it into the target box. Saved me a huge headache when a new member asked a follow up question to a posted answer... as another answer >_<

A dropdown of all available answers and the question would certainly be a positive improvement.

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