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This question has a new comment by Alper. As far as I remember this comment has been an answer before.

For my own answers I could, from 50 rep onwards, make such a transition myself: delete my answer and post a new comment. But who is able to do this for other users's answers? Is there a function for direct transformation? What is the recommended action if I think this should be done, but do not have enough reputation to do it myself - flag the answer for moderator attention? And will the user in question get a message for explanation? I mean - it could be a bit puzzling to learn "Thank you for A, but you should have done B, which however you are not allowed to do, so we did it for you."

  • @Takkat Sorry, I didn't know. Would it be feasible to mention this request on german.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic ? I believe this could help avoiding such a mistake. Anyway, I translated my question. – Matthias Aug 22 '14 at 19:23
  • like this german.stackexchange.com/help/deleted-answers? – Takkat Aug 22 '14 at 21:11
  • @Takkat The page that I linked to explains that questions in both English and German are welcome. I wanted to suggest to add that this does not extend to the meta site. (Because I thought that German posts are ok everywhere on German Language SE after reading this.) I don't see how your link is related to this, but maybe you meant something else? – Matthias Aug 22 '14 at 21:45
  • Ah I see now... good idea, I edited that in. Thanks again. – Takkat Aug 22 '14 at 22:03
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Whenever we see an answer which is wrong, misleading, just a copy of an existing answer, or not an answer at all, we have the option to:

  • edit it to improve it.
  • downvote it. (requires 125 reputation on a beta site)
  • vote to delete it. (requires downvotes and 4k reputation on beta sites)
  • Flag it for moderator attention for deletion or conversion to a comment.

It happens quite often that unregistered or low rep users who are not able to comment everywhere (>50 rep.) post a comment or a question as an answer. These posts will be deleted or converted to a comment on request, or after we had received a moderator flag.

Sometimes a system-wide robot (Community Moderator) will cast a flag on low qualtiy post which then will put them in the review queue for us to decide further actions.

Also see:

Sometimes such posts will not add any value to a question. These posts may be deleted without conversion to a comment. In the example you mentioned this could be debated, as we already have an accepted answer saying the same.

  • I'd love to see you mention the NAA-flag, which is the "proper" action to take as low-rep-user – Vogel612 Aug 25 '14 at 7:13

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