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After using http://stackoverflow.com/review-beta/low-quality-posts/ for a little bit, I've noticed a trend that when someone doesn't know the answer they take a wild stab and post it as the answer. What action should I take in the tool for this behavior? I'm doing Not Sure for now, since obviously I'm not sure what to do.

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Links to examples? – Yannis Aug 22 '12 at 23:12
My first instinct as an answer was loyalkng.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/flamethrower.jpg but seeing a couple of examples would indeed be helpful! – Pëkka Aug 22 '12 at 23:16
I'll start posting any I come across when I use the tool. – Levi Morrison Aug 22 '12 at 23:20
Well, look what I found: A Jon Skeet possible low quality :( stackoverflow.com/review-beta/low-quality-posts/558009 – Cole Johnson Aug 22 '12 at 23:32

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

As said, it would be cool to see some examples but in general, an answer being a "Stab in the dark" alone shouldn't warrant any review action. The way to deal with incorrect answers is downvoting, not deleting.

After all, "stab in the dark" is a subjective category, and we don't know for certain how the answer came about. Maybe it was just worded by a very knowledgeable user with poor writing abilities.

So if you want to vote to delete, look whether the answer has other, legitimate problems - for example, whether it consists of a link only, or should be a comment.

If those criteria don't apply, downvote if you feel it's a blatantly incorrect answer; otherwise, move on.

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If the "stab in the dark" explains how to try the suggested solution, it is an answer.

If it only asks "have you tried [this]" or "Try [this]", where [this] is a topic, not a solution, it is a comment.

There are grey areas though, of course, especially depending upon how the question asks for solutions.

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