It seems that the new feature "Trivial answer converted to comment" interferes with the community ads. Any ad post which by design only contains a hyperlinked image is converted to a comment.

This happened on TeX.SX (Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2011) to one user and also to me as 35k user and moderator.

A solution to this bug should be to disable this feature on questions tagged with .

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    alternately, don't convert posts with images to a comment since images don't work in comments.. Jul 19, 2011 at 9:37

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Nice spot; we're making sure images don't fall foul of this.

  • Wow! Thanks for the quick response! Jul 19, 2011 at 10:02
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    I think I see a hole in that solution...
    – user1228
    Jul 19, 2011 at 11:10
  • @Won't: Simply checking on the community-ads tag as suggested would IMHO a better solution. Jul 19, 2011 at 11:15

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  • This isn't really a new problem, though. (Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9397/…)
    – Cody Gray
    Jul 19, 2011 at 11:15
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    The "manual" for community ads requires "trivial" "answers" to be posted. I couldn't find any official announcement or description of the "Trivial answer converted to comment" feature. Also, in this specific case it is clearly a bug. Jul 19, 2011 at 11:21
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    @Martin: I guess this is just a demonstration of the hole :-) Jul 19, 2011 at 11:49
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    @MartinScharrer: I think answers should be more than "just an image". 99.99% of the time, an answer that contains only an image is not a satisfactory answer. Except in some specific cases as you have mentioned, they should be allowed. (btw, I wasn't telling you to RTFM, I was answering a hypothetical programming question)
    – user1228
    Jul 19, 2011 at 11:51
  • yeah, but it isn't worth special-casing the ads; and an image cannot work in a comment; so leaving it "as is" is the sanest thing, IMO. At least then if it is an inappropriate image, other users can see immediately and kill it with fire. Jul 19, 2011 at 13:19
  • @MarcGravell: An image cannot work in a comment? You can use the alt text, or if it is the standard alt text, just use the URL.
    – user1228
    Jul 19, 2011 at 14:53
  • Ok; doesn't work as well... Jul 19, 2011 at 15:19

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