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Answer appears automatically converted as a comment

I posted an answer (pointing to another question already asked) but when I hit submit, I saw my answer appear as a comment to the question instead. I tried it a couple of times and still the same ...
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Make it clearer that an answer was converted into a comment, not just deleted

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 ...
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Please change the guidance for "convert to comment" to emphasize that this should only be used for comments posted as answers

Moderators have long had access to a tool for converting answers into comments. The guidance for this tool reads as follows: Answers should be converted to comments when they contain useful ...
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New rule preventing multiple @notifies causing Convert to Comment to fail

Apparently, an image is not worth a thousand words, as without at least a few words this won't meet quality standards.
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Show all users if a post was converted to a comment, instead of just the owner

When a user's post is converted to a comment, they see a message about it on the post itself: However, that only works for the post owner; other users see: Is it possible to generalize the first ...
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Certain links get broken when automatically converting trivial answers into comments

When a trivial answer contains links in the form: [link][1] info info [1]:http://example.com When they are converted to a comment, the links get mangled to something like: [link][2] info info [1]:...
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Convert link only answers into comment instead of deleting them

While reviewing "Low Quality Posts", often I used to see answers in 2 categories Answers referring to a 3rd party site or other questions in Stack Exchange. Answers referring some sort of suggestions ...
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Can we make Convert to a Comment a 10k/20k user tool?

The Turkey Shoot doesn't seem to want to abate any time soon. And the most common flag has got to be Not an answer We must get a couple of hundred of these flags a day. I think it is high time ...
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Lift the restriction on "convert to comment" must have a valid owner on migrated questions

Related: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/78453/error-when-converting-answer-to-comment-on-question-of-deleted-user Can we lift this requirement, because obviously the backend tracks the ...
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The new, shortened links to questions and answers don't work as targets when converting answers to comments

Previously, when one clicked the "link" button on a question or answer, a link that was (more or less) of the form http:// ____.stackexchange.com/questions/questionnumber/questiontitle/postnumber#...
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Problem with links when converting to comment

When a mod converts a post to a comment, if the post contains a link of this form: Check out this [awesome site][1] [1]: http://stackoverflow.com/ the comment will try to use the same syntax, but ...
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Add a dropdown list to the moderator convert-to-comment tool

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 ...
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Are educational comments good?

Often, users leave educational comments on questions and answers. What I mean are comments like: "This answer should be a comment. Please consider reading this post about the difference." &...
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Add 'Change (answer) to comment' option to review page

I asked this question on Meta TeX SE and was asked to post it here too. Some of the answers I review on TeX SE are not answers; they are comments. Normally this happens when a user does not have ...
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Converted comments don't keep their "great comment" flags

When a moderator converts an answer to a comment all comments to this answer can also be moved with it. However, in doing this any "great comment" flags are cleared from the migrated comments. This ...
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Converting answer to a comment

I'd like to convert my answer to a comment while keeping the thread (i.e. comments left to the answer). Can I do it myself or only by flagging?
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Converting to comment multiple times leaves behind undelete votes

I mangled a convert to comment earlier and needed to undelete the post so I could redo it. When the post was converted a second time, I noticed it suddenly had a single undelete vote (it said "...
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Why was a correct answer deleted and converted to a comment? [duplicate]

Please refer to the following question (on SO): How to list all the files changed by a perforce change list One of the answers to the question was deleted and converted to a comment: Although many ...
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Autoconvert site-internal-link-only answers to comments [duplicate]

When an answer consisting solely of a link to elsewhere in the Stack Exchange universe is posted, it should be converted to a comment prefixed with "See: ". Perhaps this could be widened to cover any ...
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Post undeleted and converted to comment still shows as being deleted from review

I found this answer (only visible to 10k+ users on SFF, sorry) which had been deleted from review some hours ago but also flagged for conversion to a comment. I undeleted it and converted it to a ...
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Improve workflow for converting a deleted answer into a comment

I was trying to convert a deleted answer to a comment via the moderator menu for the post. That didn't work, I get a message answer deleted; can't be converted to comment Because a (non-deleted) ...
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Edited answer converted to a comment produces "no edit history found for this comment" message

When an edited answer is converted into a comment, the comment will get the familiar pencil icon to indicate it has been edited, but if you click on it (an option only available to ♦ moderators),...
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Stack Overflow calls my short answer "trivial"

I wrote a short answer today, and I was a bit miffed when Stack Overflow called it trivial and turned it into a comment. I think it's fine to turn a short answer into a comment, but I think the ...
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Convert to Comment Moderator ability doesn't handle default link format

If an answer uses a link with the default format (using [link text][1]) and later [1]: http://somelink.com/ then when a moderator does convert-to-comment it doesn't become a link. It should convert ...
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Allow the moderator comment conversion tool to override the @ limit [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: New rule preventing multiple @notifies causing Convert to Comment to fail When converting an answer to a comment, the poster had asked if some Objective-c @property type ...
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Answers automatically converted to comments — a few suggestions

Today I joined the long list of contributors who came here wondering why their answers had been inexplicably posted as comments. I'm not going to bother arguing that this feature belongs on the scrap ...
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Community ads posts are taken as "trivial" and converted to comments

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 ...
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Posting free-form comments is possible without having enough reputation

The current implementation of Stack Exchange allows us to comment on a particular question without even having enough reputation. This can be done by exploiting the autocomment feature of Stack ...
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The 10k tools show no deleter for posts converted to comments

When a moderator converts a post into a comment, they are deleted with no owner information. This shows on the 10k tools as: Deleted yesterday by
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Should not converting an answer to a comment keep the votes its comments have?

I have converted an answer to a comment for an existing answer, as that answer was really a comment for the answer, rather than an answer. When doing that, I noticed the votes on the existing comment ...
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Improve Convert-Answer-to-Comment dialog to list answers as possible targets [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add a dropdown list to the moderator convert-to-comment tool Moderators are able to convert answers to comments below the question or other answers. The current dialog allows ...
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Should accepted answers be convertable to comments?

I answered this (closed) question recently. I posted what was admittedly a short answer: I think you want stripslashes. However, that was essentially all the asker (thought they) needed, and I ...
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Confusing "The Question" text in "convert answer to comment" dialog box

As a first-time mod in an SE site, I was confused by the extra text "The Question" that shows up after the question ID in the text field of the dialog to convert an answer into a comment: ...
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Can 'convert to comment' be tweaked to deal with HTML links

Currently when converting an answer to a comment that contains links as <a href=""> rather than in markdown this breaks the conversion: I know this is likely to be quite uncommon and can be ...
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Keep "convert to comment" button enabled if the answer does not have a freeform comment

Since SO now has "native" support for common comments on bad answers it would be nice if those comments would not disable the "convert to comment" button in the mod queue. It could even improve the "...
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Can anything be done after my answer was converted to a comment?

In this question: Is there a way to expand the current WorkingSet of a process to 1GB? I think I had the first reasonable answer: and about 10 minutes later came another similar answer: So I'm ...
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Where's the convert to comment button?

The convert to comment seems to have mysteriously vanished. Now I realize there was a change in the way the convert to comment button behaviour - i.e., it would get disabled if there were existing ...
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Allow moderators to convert non-answers to comments on other answers from within the flag queue

The "convert to comment" tool available from the "mod" link underneath an answer allows moderators to specify the URL or ID of the post that should be the parent of the newly converted comment, as ...
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Should I flag a comment if it is posted by someone who has only 1 rep?

In order to post comments a user must first earn at least 50 rep Users with at least 50 reputation may comment on any post. (There is no reputation requirement to post comments on MSO only; doing ...
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Convert to comments with unattached owners breaks conversion wrongly

When using the Convert To Comments mod tool on a post with child comments, of which the child comments have unattached users (and in this case the post had an attached owner) the unattached children ...
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Notifications vanish when answer is converted to comment

I noticed a "bug" (or maybe a conceptual shortcoming, but an important one) with converting answers to comments today. Steps to reproduce: User A answers a question. User B comments on the answer ...
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Why was this answer converted to a comment?

This answer was converted to a comment. That's confusing to me. It directly answers the question as asked in the question title. Further, does this means points for votes on the answer are not ...
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The answer I was about to mark correct was transformed into a comment?

A little while ago I asked a somewhat complex question. I got some good answers fairly quickly and began investigating them. One recommended I try the jQuery isotope plugin and another pointed me ...
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How did this person who has 1 rep comment on a question? [duplicate]

So here is their profile. And here is the question. How did the person in question, who has 1 rep, comment on a question?
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Prevent LQP review comments being moved when answer is converted to comment

Something I've noticed on several sites recently is that when a moderator converts a non-answer to a comment the automatic comments from the low quality posts review are moved along with it. The ...
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Split up answers when converting to comments

Currently, answers get cut off at the comment limit when converting. Can we get answers split into at least two comments? I think it would cover about 99% of answers, only losing content on 1%.
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Convert code blocks to backtick syntax when converting answers to comments

If an answer has an indented code block, if it's converted to a comment, the formatting is ignored, leaving just plain text "code". It would be better if the indented code was wrapped in backticks to ...
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On a question migrated from another site, it is possible to make operations on a post without an associated account on the receiving site

I am referring to Override comment.tpl.php file with theme. There was an answer that was more a comment, and I tried to convert it to a comment. I was not able, as I got an error saying, "Comment must ...
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Auto-conversion to comment breaks syntax [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Certain links get broken when automatically converting trivial answers into comments I just wrote a single sentence answer to a post on meta, which was automatically converted ...
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Transform answer to comment [duplicate]

The review queue shows a lot of comments that were posted as an answer. The review possibilites only allow to keep the "answer" or flag it (which will usually result in a deletion). Most of these "...
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