In the "low quality" and "first post" review queues, I regularly see answers that should have been posted as comments instead. In many cases, the poster even acknowledges this and points out that they lack the reputation to be allowed to comment.

This leads to lots of deleted posts, wasted effort, and often useful information being lost.

What's the reasoning behind requiring 50 reputation points to allow users to post comments, while every new or even anonymous user can post answers that are far more visible?
Can we change this for the better?

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    Don't quote me, but I believe there are situations where Answers are converted to comments, perhaps by moderators. – Jeff Schaller Nov 25 '18 at 22:34
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    I'd like to post @muru's link as a community-wiki answer and accept it, but it's automatically converted to a comment. How ironic. – n.st Nov 25 '18 at 23:37
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    @n.st if you post just the link, that's considered a trivial answer. You can post a relevant excerpt instead. – muru Nov 26 '18 at 0:22
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    @n.st - yeah I'd just copy/paste excerpts from that A'er here if you want and be sure to link that meta Q/A as the source in your A'er. – slm Nov 28 '18 at 15:23

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