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I've come across answers like:


Which (saved for posterity) look like:

Please delete this answer. See my comment. Sorry for editing this way.

and the comment:

Unable to delete this, or flag. Can someone please flag for deletion? I don't want to register.

Where it is unequivocally clear that the answer should be removed. How can I as a mid-rep user (4K) deal with this? Should I post to the meta for a cleanup request? I don't like the idea of leaving it up because it adds no value(tm) to the site.

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You could flag it. – ben is uǝq backwards Nov 29 '12 at 14:53
@Ben Is that the proper way to remove it then (for my level of rep)? If so, I'll take that as an answer. – Hooked Nov 29 '12 at 14:55

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

Flag it as not an answer. If you see a delete link, click it.

if a glance at the edit history makes you think this is vandalism or rage-quitting (confirm by opening the user's profile in a new tab and checking a few answers) then flag as Other and say the user is wiping out a whole pile of answers at once. Consider rolling back to a previous version if that version looks useful.

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Always rollback. It is never appropriate for users to vandalize their own content. – Charles Nov 29 '12 at 18:08
If they completely got the wrong idea and answered something totally unrelated then it could be ok to delete it. Eg someone wants to read and parse a file and the answer is how to write text to a file. – Kate Gregory Nov 29 '12 at 18:57
Yeah, but answers can always be deleted by the user, can't they? – Charles Nov 29 '12 at 19:01
I think if they have an upvote they can't. – Kate Gregory Nov 29 '12 at 21:15

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