Is there any way to give software authors or company employees a 50 point rep boost so they can comment anywhere from the start? Similar to that 100 point bonus to other SE sites when you reach a certain rep level on one.
I've seen a few cases where either the author of a script/tool/software or someone working at a company in support/help desk or whatever want to help out and post in reply to a question about their product, but it's either a comment and not an answer or they need more clarification or something. It has come up a few times in the past couple of months.
I know we have bounties, and I guess you could place a bounty on the question, manually award it to their answer, then delete/convert to comment, but that seems roundabout.
This also might be a feature request or something for Meta, but I wanted to post here in case mods or more experienced users might know of a current workaround or alternative.