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I saw this answer in the Low Quality posts queue. It's an incorrect guess at the answer.

Should I nominate it for deletion? Is it okay to judge answers in the review queue based on technical correctness?

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Incorrect answers should be downvoted, not removed.

That said, the answer you link to is probably more suitable as a comment. It's a one-liner than doesn't explain anything; not really an answer.

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You can help them earn their Peer Pressure badge! It's really the decent thing to do. –  Brad Mace Aug 15 '12 at 2:10
    
So on the review page should I incorrectly say that it "Looks good", or just downvote and skip it with "Not Sure"? –  Peter Olson Aug 15 '12 at 2:10
    
@PeterOlson Downvote and click "looks good", just for the irony of it ;) –  Yannis Aug 15 '12 at 2:11
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You can't downvote from the review queue. Unfortunately. –  bfavaretto Aug 15 '12 at 2:11
    
@bfavaretto Do I smell a feature request? –  Yannis Aug 15 '12 at 2:12
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I am not convinced I agree with keeping incorrect answers on the site; what's the rationale? –  Dave Newton Aug 15 '12 at 2:13
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@DaveNewton Sometimes it's extremely valuable to show people what not to do. Also only a very small subset of users can delete posts, we can't expect them to be able to judge the technical correctness of potentially every post on the site. –  Yannis Aug 15 '12 at 2:15
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@YannisRizos While I agree it may be valuable to have examples of what not to do, I'd rather see SO be a collection of right stuff, not wrong. Users can vote to delete at some point, after a post has downvotes. AFAIC, incorrect, downvoted answers should be deleted, and that's why we have the power to vote for deletion. –  Dave Newton Aug 15 '12 at 2:40
    
@DaveNewton First thing you do when you happen upon an incorrect post is to downvote it. If you can vote to delete and you think it should be removed, then by all means do so, but don't ask others to delete it for you (notice the question is about nominating the answer for deletion). –  Yannis Aug 15 '12 at 2:42
    
@YannisRizos You mean this feature request? –  Troyen Aug 15 '12 at 2:46
    
I agree with Dave Newton that technically incorrect answers should be deleted. But this doesn't require flagging or any moderation intervention. Most of the time the natural process happens and the OP deletes the answer themselves after receiving a few downvotes. Now, there is a separate problem of people not downvoting nearly enough and some people even upvoting these answers. –  Esailija Aug 15 '12 at 4:41
    
@Esailija Exactly why technically incorrect answers should be downvoted rigorously. –  Yannis Aug 15 '12 at 5:17
    
Incorrect answers should definitely be removed. They tend to confuse newbies (i. e. if someone answers you have to free() a string literal and somebody does it, it will crash, right?) –  H2CO3 Aug 15 '12 at 7:47
    
@H2CO3 That's why we downvote them, would you seriously try something suggested in a -5 answer? But you would certainly know what to avoid. –  Yannis Aug 15 '12 at 9:53

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