Often new users post questions as answers instead. I've requested a way for mods to convert them to questions, instead of begging the user to do it, which they generally don't, or manually reposting them, and some people are skeptical about the idea. Let's start collecting questions that were successfully salvaged from answers to see if this feature request has potential.

  • Not sure how I can help here.... I don't really recall any off hand. Most, as you said, never become questions, I think (they would often be pretty low quality questions). If I see future ones, I could note them here.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 21:49
  • @SAJ14SAJ Yes, please do! Though many are low quality, I've seen a fair number that'd be good, but it's difficult digging through the history. (Comments on deleted answers don't show up in my activity, so I can't just search for the phrases I usually use there.)
    – Cascabel Mod
    Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 22:30

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This feature is needed, because having a moderator or other user enter the question just doesn't work well, because the owner of the question is wrong.

The person who re-enters the question won't know what a truly acceptable answer is--only the original asker can know that. Similarly, the person transcribing the question won't be able to clarify or follow up with additional information very well. I notices these things when I copied in some questions from the Tea and Coffee Area 51 proposal.

So even if the feature is not heavily used, I think giving mods a "convert to question" feature which properly sets the owner of the new question is a good idea. It can then post an alert to the OP, and maybe leave leave a link in place of the original comment.

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    I agree about having the right owner - unfortunately you're being a little optimistic about them returning, I think. Often they won't. It's still worth getting right though for when they do though.
    – Cascabel Mod
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 15:46
  • This would also assign rep correctly (especially if you are at the risk of downvotes)...
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 15:54
  • Yes, I totally agree - whenever possible, we should get this right. A lot of these questions are potentially good, and the OP should get the upvotes, so they can start really using the site.
    – Cascabel Mod
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 18:21

These are the questions we've converted from answers. If you save a question, add it here!

Original post: I'm making mustard pickles and it calls for pearl onions can I use white onions chopped up?

Original post: Barley, rye and wheat contain gluten and they are avoided by those with Celiac disease and gluten-intolerant people. Oat was not included in this group, however, in DR OZ SHOW. I am not sure whether it is an over-sight or error. If oat is gluten free indeed, it is great.

Original post: this is more of another question than answer, but is there a need for vinegar, salt or other preservatives, if I am going to pressure can the hot sauce.

Original post: Stephan, I am trying to render 100lb beef suet to tallow as well. Do you have an efficient way of doing this you can teach me?

Did you use stove, crock pot, or stove pot? Also, how many pounds did you render each time and did you add water?

  • I'd like to see the original question too, for personal interest. Can you edit them in please? :)
    – Mien
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 14:20
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    @Mien I've posted a few of them here. In the future, I'll just post the original form directly, and then edit it, so that if you want to see the original question, you can look at the revision history. This is yet another reason an automated feature is a good idea - it's taking me a lot of work per question to document it this clearly, and that's part of why I've gotten around to saving so few of these questions.
    – Cascabel Mod
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 20:48
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    @Mien Oops, I forgot, the five minute edit window absorbed the original version. ANOTHER good reason for the feature - it could preserve the original in revision history.
    – Cascabel Mod
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 22:01

Here are answers that may be worth converting to questions. Note that sometimes this does take a bit of editing, and you'll need 10k rep to be able to see them, since they're already deleted. If you do convert one of these, move it to the other answer!

A bunch more I've bookmarked (sorry, no friendly titles here, the whole reason I was bookmarking is that cleanly editing here is time-consuming). These are all from the past few months, at a rate of 1-2 per week, and mostly do not include any of the non-answers deleted by other moderators. (I stopped collecting these for most of this year, sorry.)
















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