Recently, I found a user that had a reputation under 50, so he couldn't comment. Instead, he put the comment into an answer, which people shouldn't do. I flagged the answer. After I rechecked, one of the admins or moderators deleted the "answer" and put it into a comment which had the author as the person under 50 reputation. Did a moderator do that? Can moderators do it? Or was it some community admin?

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    Thanks for asking here and thanks for noticing the comment that needed maintenance. You're now a moderator of the site too! Just missing some of the advanced tools...
    – bmike Mod
    Apr 24 '15 at 12:37
  • me? Don't you need to be elected for moderation, or have 20k reputation for some limited moderation?
    – John K
    Apr 27 '15 at 6:51
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    Everyone's a moderator!
    – grg Mod
    Apr 27 '15 at 15:04
  • Just realized. Flagging, edits are moderation. Though less advanced. More rep, more trust...
    – John K
    Apr 28 '15 at 6:36

Yes, moderators can change an answer into a comment and attach it to the question (or any other answer) within the same question thread. Usually we use this exactly in the situation you mention (low rep user asking a clarification question).


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