While using ELL (and other sites), I noticed that there is a lot of abuse - answers are posted as comments. And usually, it is not done by people with low reputation, which is even worse.
So my proposal is to have the ability to flag the comments which contain answers.
The default reaction if the flag is accepted could be:
- Allow the user XX time to add a proper answer & delete the comment;
- If the time expires with no action:
- the user will get a penalty;
- something else.
My idea would be to have the penalty set as a percent of reputation (5% would sound nice in my head - can be anything non-trivial). In that way, users will learn very fast to not break the rules.
The "something else" can be automatic transformation (or duplication) of the comment text into an answer - or anything else that helps closing the question with a valid answer.
Should this be implemented maybe across all Stack Exchange sites?