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Lately, I've noticed that a lot of people have been answering (for lack of a better term) stupidly. Since I am such a lucky person, I can't find an example right now, but I'll give you an idea of what I'm seeing:

  • sarcasm
  • troll
  • trying to be funny

Even if, technically, they answer the question, should they still be flagged? Or should I just let it go?

  • Is it me? Oh, please, let it be me! And a better term would be "casually", imho... – yannis Jan 20 '12 at 11:45
  • @ZaphodBeeblebrox: You don't have to ask. We all know your goal in life :-) – Dynamic Jan 20 '12 at 11:49
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There are three standard reasons for declining a flag:

  • flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer

  • a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it

  • flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention

Ignoring the second for now, the first is used in cases where someone has flagged rather than down-voting or editing the post to correct the inaccuracies.

The third would clearly cover your second case - trolling - so flag away.

The other two - sarcasm and jokes - are (to me) less clear cut. However, if they answer the question then you shouldn't flag (see point 1 above). If they don't answer the question then flag away.

To take your example from the comments:

Q. What do I do when X happens?

The first answer:

A. Nothing.

This could be a valid answer - however it's not a useful answer as it doesn't explain anything. It's just a statement.

In this case you should really just comment and/or down-vote. However, if the poster shows no sign of coming back and making it an answer then flag it.

The second answer:

Take them out for a beer and see what happens.

This is clearly not and answer and should be flagged. If I saw a flag on that I would delete the answer.

  • For example, if I asked "What do I do when X happens?" and an answerer said "Nothing." or "Take them out for a beer and see what happens.". Do I flag that? – Dynamic Jan 20 '12 at 11:48
  • @Jae - See update. – ChrisF Jan 20 '12 at 11:50
  • What update? You mean "tolling" to "trolling" because that really didn't help... – Dynamic Jan 20 '12 at 11:51
  • @Jae - Give me time :) I was going to comment but realised that an update would be better. I should have updated and then commented. Anyway, that update wasn't me :) – ChrisF Jan 20 '12 at 11:54
  • @Jae Come on, both examples are hypothetical, we don't get so poor answers. But if those are actually concrete examples, flag, flag, flag... – yannis Jan 20 '12 at 11:55
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    @ChrisF Well, I'd flag the first example as not an answer and I'd expect to see it converted to a comment. – yannis Jan 20 '12 at 11:57
  • @ZaphodBeeblebrox - Hmm. Second thoughts. – ChrisF Jan 20 '12 at 11:58
  • @ZaphodBeeblebrox I'd expect to see it converted to a comment if you want to be sure, it's safer to use flag "Other" and explicitly suggest conversion to comments. not an answer flag may be slippery in cases like that – gnat Jan 20 '12 at 12:07
  • @gnat Oh, yes, I know, my impressive flag weight took a few hits with such flags... and yes I know flag weight is no more, hence impressive as you can't verify what it was :)... – yannis Jan 20 '12 at 12:10
  • @ZaphodBeeblebrox :) I've been lucky to make a "memorial photo" of my most recent top weight at this screen shot – gnat Jan 20 '12 at 12:17
  • @gnat Consider me impressed... Mine was 687, but no screenshot to prove it :) – yannis Jan 20 '12 at 12:19
  • take them out for a beer can be a great answer though depending on the question, in the correct situation it is extremely useful. – Ryathal Jan 20 '12 at 13:54

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