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What is the general method for handling users who habitually post useless "me too" answers on their own questions? See for example SQL Server -- Loop through each column in every table?

I suppose there's nothing really wrong with this behavior, but there's certainly nothing gained either. Not to pick on this particular user too much, but he has quite a history of doing so.

Should there be a specific flag type for this? Is the SO community expected to self-police and downvote answers of this type?

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I don't see a "me too" answer –  BЈовић Aug 2 '11 at 17:11
    
@VJo: The asking user posted another answer identical to my own, other than formatting and an ordering clause. –  Yuck Aug 2 '11 at 17:13
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This user has several pointless, vague, or narrow questions with 0 up-vote accepted self-answers. Several of them look like they should have been deleted questions instead... Almost all of his answers are to his own questions. –  Fosco Aug 2 '11 at 17:13
    
Ok, I see. LOL what a joke. "Thanks, Yuk -- To expound for the next guy:" as your answer doesn't exists. –  BЈовић Aug 2 '11 at 17:14
    
Flag it. Notice though that we do need to be careful about potentially catching legitimate but similar answers - occasionally several people provide the same general response in quick succession. Obviously this case is blatant, but others might not be so. –  thegrinner Aug 2 '11 at 17:24

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Please don't flag stuff like this as "Not an Answer". That post is an answer. He accepted (and in all likelihood upvoted) your answer before posting the actual code he ended up using. He even acknowledged your answer as a part of his own answer. He's not trying anything tricky here, so there's nothing wrong with that post.

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True, it is an answer and I agree it was good of the OP to not select his own as the answer. However, I don't see what value it has? Not trying to argue with you - just looking for clarification - and thanks for your input. –  Yuck Aug 2 '11 at 18:09
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@Yuck: The value is in posting what is (presumably) the exact code that was tested and works. I don't think someone should be punished for doing that. Even if he only reformatted it for readability, it's not not an answer. (If it were a copy/paste of your answer, naturally that would be flaggable.) –  Bill the Lizard Aug 2 '11 at 18:12
    
Fair enough, +1 –  Yuck Aug 2 '11 at 18:14

You can always flag these as "Not an answer". They are usualy considered as noise.

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There's no specific flag for that, but there's always the "not an answer" flag, which is what I always choose, because that's the simple truth of it - the so-called answer is really not an answer, and would be better off as a comment, or gone.

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