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. Commented Mar 23, 2011 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 StaffMod
    Commented Mar 23, 2011 at 13:11
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    or the first one could say converted to a comment on post 123456 by moderatorX ♦
    – studiohack
    Commented Mar 23, 2011 at 15:02
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    We had a user get confused about this: judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/301/… Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 21:44

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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?
    – ale
    Commented Aug 12, 2011 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 Commented Aug 12, 2011 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. Commented Aug 12, 2011 at 20:24
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    @Jeff 10ks have always been able to see all deleted posts, regardless of who deleted them Commented Aug 12, 2011 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 Commented Aug 12, 2011 at 20:29
  • @michael no, that is not true; deleted answers are always visible to users on the question, if they own the answer. Commented Aug 13, 2011 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
    Commented Aug 13, 2011 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 StaffMod
    Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 12:46
  • @GeoffDalgas Has this been implemented? It still doesn't show up on answers converted to a comment... Commented Oct 9, 2011 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
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 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? Commented Jul 1, 2012 at 3:03
  • It seems to simply be lying about converted to a comment I search the whole page and there was no such comment.
    – user791574
    Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 3:58

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