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Should I flag a comment if it is posted by someone who has only 1 rep?

A comment left by a <50-rep user came about in one of four ways: They used to have enough rep, but now don't. ► SE never reverses actions taken legitimately with privileges that are later lost ...
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Posting free-form comments is possible without having enough reputation

Agreed, users with less than 50 reputation should not be able to edit their comments, no matter how those comments were posted. Another option is not allowing ordinary users to edit the auto-...
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Answer appears automatically converted as a comment

Post your answer without the link; then edit in the link. For example post this answer: According to the dev lead at company X this is not currently possible. Then edit the answer to this: ...
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9 votes
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How did this person who has 1 rep comment on a question?

This person posted an answer. A one liner which a moderator converted to a comment.
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How can a moderator prevent their answer from being automatically converted to a comment on meta site?

Usually answers consisting of one word fit better as comments, no matter who the author is. On meta sites, when moderator writes answer about completing a request it might be bit different, but still,...
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Allow users with less than 50 rep to comment if they've already commented

A moderator converting an answer into a comment is not the only way by which users without the commenting privilege can comment. The other ways are: Posting a "trivial answer" that is short and ...
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Why was a convert-answer-to-comment request turned down (at cost of -2 rep point for me)?

Answers can be converted to comments manually by moderators only. As a moderator, I occasionally exercise this option, but I will only do so if I think there appears to be particularly valuable ...
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7 votes
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Post undeleted and converted to comment still shows as being deleted from review

Better late than never... a fix for this went out earlier this week. Deleted answers now show the users involved in the most recent deletion if the post was undeleted and deleted again since the ...
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6 votes

Posting free-form comments is possible without having enough reputation

We patched this up in October of 2016. Since then, users without the "Comment Everywhere" privilege are no longer able to edit comments outside of their own questions and answers, even if the system ...
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Why was a convert-answer-to-comment request turned down (at cost of -2 rep point for me)?

You should always be able to comment on your own answer. Also, you can edit your answer. So in the case you describe, the right thing to do is never to add another answer and hope someone turns it ...
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Don't update a comment converted from an answer when the deleted answer is edited

We do not and have never done this. Timeline of events: You converted the answer to a comment. They edited the answer in disagreement. They deleted the original comment that was created from the ...
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6 votes
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Prevent LQP review comments being moved when answer is converted to comment

When a ♦ moderator chooses to convert an answer to a comment, he/she will get the option to convert the comments under the answer as well or not, and as @lois6b notes, it's off by default. They ...
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Should I flag a comment if it is posted by someone who has only 1 rep?

The issue here is that flags are for "a human did a bad thing, please clean it up." They are not for "I think I found an anomaly or bug". Posts on meta are for that. A flag that says "this thing I see ...
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Should I flag a comment if it is posted by someone who has only 1 rep?

A comment could be actually an answer later converted to comment by a mod (and it's not required for the "commenter" to have 50 rep). Probably this is what happened to the comments you've run into. ...
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Add 'Change (answer) to comment' option to review page

I second this proposal because the current situation contributes to alienating new users including potential valuable contributors. (I even have heard complaints from “real-life” friends over this.) ...
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Confusing "The Question" text in "convert answer to comment" dialog box

It would be so much nicer if the text box was a dropdown listing the question, and all the answers including answer-score and author name.
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Why did my comment on an answer-converted-to-comment vanish into the void?

When an answer is converted to a comment using the moderator tools there is a checkbox to determine whether any comments on the answer will be retained. It sounds like the moderator who performed the ...
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How can I prevent my "trivial" answer from being converted to a comment?

I used a wording that was not much longer and only slightly changed from what you tried, and was able to add an answer to that same question successfully. I recommend trying to always answer with ...
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1 vote
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Link malformed in automatically converted answer to trivial comment

This is implemented in build 3740 for MSE/MSO, and build 2863 for other sites.
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Can 'convert to comment' be tweaked to deal with HTML links

Thanks for bringing this issue up. At this time I have to side with Robert Harvey and agree that users should be using Markdown as opposed to HTML. Comments do not and will not support HTML, so in the ...
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Answer appears automatically converted as a comment

I didn't notice the conversion, and posted the same link three times, and now I can't delete those comments because of lack of reputation. Sorry to say, but that's quite absurd. At least there should ...
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