I have noticed it is not uncommon for new users to post short, sometime barely related, answers to questions that are more than a year old.
Obviously if it should be a comment, is spam, or is not related at all, it should be dealt with accordingly, but I'm more interested in getting feedback on answers that don't necessary address the question but might be related. Had it been posted at the time the question was first asked, it would have received enough attention to be fixed or clarified at that time, but since it is on an old question, the OP may no longer be around and/or the question does not have enough attention anymore to have the community deal with it.
The best example I ran into today is this one.
So this question is barely related to the original question. But I can make an argument that it might be helpful to someone in the future because it does suggest a potential solution to a similar problem. However it doesn't address the OP's question, especially since the OP accepted an answer that is not related to this late answer.
What is the correct method for dealing with such a response:
- Do we flag it as "not an answer"
- Should this be downvoted since it doesn't answer the OP's question, even though it might be technically accurate.
- Or is something like this perfectly acceptable as an answer?
To clarify, I'm trying to get some feedback/guidance on where is the line (or gray area) between "Not an Answer" and a bad (downvote worthy) answer. How related (or unrelated) to the original question does it need to be before "Not an Answer" becomes a better option.