Sometimes comments get to long or someone wants to include pictures or low-rep user can't comment anywhere, so people decide to give a comment in the answer field.

If it is not useful/possible to convert it into a comment, is it be ok to turn this "answers" in CW mode, either by asking the answerer or a moderator to do it?

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    $\begingroup$ Regarding low-rep users and CW: it doesn't seem harmful to me if they accrue some reputation from these half-answers, if the posts are useful, so that they might reach 50 and then be able to comment. $\endgroup$ May 30, 2012 at 23:55
  • $\begingroup$ I have to say that when I recently joined math.stackexchange, it confused me quite a bit when I found that I couldn't comment until I had acquired sufficient reputation. I just gave some "half-answers" while I was accruing the required reputation, but I think it would have saved me some head-scratching if it were made a bit clearer (in the faq?) if this is an acceptable thing to do ... or not. $\endgroup$
    – Old John
    Jun 2, 2012 at 16:10

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Flag it for moderator attention. See this recent meta question.

Also, flagging answers that should be comments was explicitly mentioned in another recent meta thread.

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    $\begingroup$ However, I do not think every such answer should be either turned CW or made a comment. Sometimes these side remarks may contain valuable related information. $\endgroup$ May 30, 2012 at 23:46

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