I just tried to convert an answer into a comment; it was too long for a comment, and the software just truncated the text.

I think it would be better to either generate an error message, ask for confirmation, or possibly generate multiple comments (with ellipses).

Recall only moderators can do this anyway.

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    $\begingroup$ My extremely cumbersome workaround was to repeatedly undelete and re-convert to generate multiple comments, then do some cutting and pasting. If this process could be automated, I would be grateful. $\endgroup$
    – S. Carnahan Mod
    Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 0:53
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    $\begingroup$ @S.Carnahan: So Ideally the process should say "This answer is too long for a single comment, and would require $n$ comments instead. Would you like to proceed? [Yes/No/Burrito]"? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 6:26
  • $\begingroup$ I think that sometimes comments are slightly overused, and answers are slightly underused. What is wrong to giving partial answers? The problem with multiple comments is that they tend to get scrambled by votes. $\endgroup$
    – Thomas Rot
    Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 9:51
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    $\begingroup$ Mmm... burrito. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 10:08
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    $\begingroup$ meta.stackexchange.com/questions/85796/… $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 10:29
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    $\begingroup$ @ThomasRot there is nothing wrong with giving a partial answer. But some use the answer-box for things that are not anwers at all. Also the oerdering can only be off if the comment thread is "collapsed" as there are already too many; so expanding it will solve this problem essentially. And it is rather rare that some other than the first part of a multi-part comment gets the highest score making this even less of an issue. $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 10:58


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