I did find this other question that is similar, but this is a followup to that. I have noticed many times where a new user posts an answer that should be a comment or a new question. In these cases, myself or someone else will respond with something like
Welcome to the site! Please use the "Ask Question" button to ask this as a new question. Answers are only used for responses to the question being asked.
However, I believe that I have never seen the user then post something as a new question; rather he's just never heard from again. Is there a way that we can better encourage a new user to stay and ask his question in the correct way?
A couple possibilities:
- Allow brand new users to leave comments. Many of the invalid answers are things that would work as comments to an answer, rather than a new question, but new users can't leave comments.
- Allow moderators to automatically convert answers to questions. I know they can convert answers to comments, but as far as I know they can't convert them to questions. I believe a new user would be more likely to stay if he actually had a question listed. Though I don't know if this is possible within the framework.
Any other ideas? Is there better wording we can use when responding to these answers?