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A new user apparently wanted to comment on an answer (link), but didn't have enough rep so just submitted it as another answer. I'd like give the user a warmer welcome than flagging the non-answer for deletion, can it somehow be migrated into a comment while maintaining their ownership or something like that?

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Moderators can convert answers to comments, so flagging is the correct way to do that. You could additionally leave a nice comment explaining how this site is different and that you shouldn't post comments as answers.

  • This is correct, note that the answer getting deleted is another possible outcome if the moderator feels it isn't adding much to the conversation. – Pat Ludwig Dec 5 '11 at 13:14
  • Saying that you shouldn't post comments as answers to somebody who's not allowed to post comments seems a little off. Why is the comment threshold higher than the answer threshold, and should we be addressing that? – Monica Cellio Dec 5 '11 at 16:09
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    @Monica Raising the threshold for answers doesn't make sense, answering is how most users get their first rep. Lowering it to 1 for comments also doesn't make sense, it would cause a huge influx of spam comments. So just acknowledge that they can't make the comment on their own, but that it shouldn't be an answer, so a mod will convert it for them. – bwarner Dec 5 '11 at 17:43
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    @MonicaCellio - This isn't a forum and commenting is a privilege earned by participating in the community rather than granted to everyone who happens by. – Pat Ludwig Dec 5 '11 at 18:48
  • Gotcha. I asked the question (in a comment :-) ) because it's a question, not an opinion. Comments seemed "less" than answers so I wondered at the higher bar, but I hadn't considered the spam angle. – Monica Cellio Dec 6 '11 at 15:24

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