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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.. – Jeff Atwood Jul 19 '11 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! – Martin Scharrer Jul 19 '11 at 10:02
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    I think I see a hole in that solution... – user1228 Jul 19 '11 at 11:10
  • @Won't: Simply checking on the community-ads tag as suggested would IMHO a better solution. – Martin Scharrer Jul 19 '11 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 '11 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. – Martin Scharrer Jul 19 '11 at 11:21
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    @Martin: I guess this is just a demonstration of the hole :-) – Hendrik Vogt Jul 19 '11 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 '11 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. – Marc Gravell Jul 19 '11 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 '11 at 14:53
  • Ok; doesn't work as well... – Marc Gravell Jul 19 '11 at 15:19

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