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I have searched Meta for this, but I have not been able to find a discussion on this.

We've all seen "Me Too" answers that make no attempt to actually settle the question with a real answer. We flag them as "Not a real answer." and they go straight to the Moderator queue.

The Moderator queue fills up with thousands of flags that could easily be fielded by non-moderator users. Can't we trust users with a few thousand rep or some of the realy cool badges (or multiple voting users) to take care of a "Me Too" answer?

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But then how would we get our helpful flags? –  Prof Pickle Apr 2 '13 at 21:52
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3 20k users can delete an answer already. –  ben is uǝq backwards Apr 2 '13 at 21:52
    
Why should especially that go to non-moderators? –  juergen d Apr 2 '13 at 21:52
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No, they don't go "straight to the moderators queue". They first go through the 10K queue. –  Richard J. Ross III Apr 2 '13 at 21:52
    
@RichardJ.RossIII I was judging from the diamond in the flagging dialog that the question was going to the diamond queue. –  Jeff Wolski Apr 2 '13 at 21:54
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@RichardJ.RossIII Where should I have looked to learn that instead of asking this question? –  Jeff Wolski Apr 2 '13 at 21:55
    
@juergend I'm singling out "Me Too" questions because many of the others are a huge can of worms that already have discussions with verbosity to fill up several MB on SE servers. –  Jeff Wolski Apr 2 '13 at 22:00
    
I'm not saying you shouldn't have asked - if you're not a 10K user, you probably don't know about the /tools/flagged page. I was simply correcting an assumption you made. –  Richard J. Ross III Apr 2 '13 at 22:08
    
@RichardJ.RossIII Sure, I understand. I just though I might have missed a post or Wiki that explained that. Thanks for the info. –  Jeff Wolski Apr 2 '13 at 22:11
    
@RichardJ.RossIII Others may have the same question I did, and I think your comment is the correct answer. –  Jeff Wolski Apr 2 '13 at 22:13
    
I wonder if there's a specific permutation that auto converts these to comments. It's not listed here. –  Some Helpful Commenter Apr 2 '13 at 23:01
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The flag review list that 10k users see is not really a separate place from the moderators' flag list, @Richard: the flag is only visible to 10kers until a moderator handles it. On the other side, the activity of 10kers in that list just adds to the flags; it doesn't somehow approve the flag and push the flagged post up to moderator attention, nor does it dismiss the flag from the moderator list. In short, flags do go to straight to the moderators' queue, but 10kers can see them until they're processed. –  Josh Caswell Apr 2 '13 at 23:42
    
@JoshCaswell however, doesn't 6 flags automatically delete the post? Thus, 6 users = 1 moderator action, correct? –  Richard J. Ross III Apr 2 '13 at 23:44
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Only offensive or spam flags have that effect, @Richard, which are not meant to be used on a "me, too" answer. –  Josh Caswell Apr 2 '13 at 23:46
    
@Josh I see, my bad, then. –  Richard J. Ross III Apr 2 '13 at 23:47

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Can't we trust users with a few thousand rep or some of the realy cool badges (or multiple voting users) to take care of a "Me Too" answer?

We can, and we do. Trusted users (i.e., those with 20k+ reputation) can vote to delete answers with a score of -1 or less. This does not require any diamond moderator intervention; it just requires a consensus of 3 trusted users.

Naturally, it will require that someone downvote the answer, but that's not too much to ask. For one thing, the answer needs downvoting if it's literally just "me too" and not an answer to the question. For another, you'll get the rep you lose back after the deletion takes effect, so no whining.

That said, if you're not a 20k+ user, you should still continue to flag these "me too" non-answers as "not an answer". That's the only tool you have at your disposal (in addition to downvoting), and they do meet the criteria for "not an answer". We want them deleted, and it's worth the time it takes a moderator (and/or trusted users) to process these items. As you've seen, if the flag queue load gets too high, we'll just have to run another election and bring in some new janitors.

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Hi Cody, to make this a 100% perfect answer, you should point out that NAA flags go into the 10K moderator tools queue, so any user with 10K reputation will see these flags before they get to a moderator. You've already pointed out that 20K users can cast delete votes, and NAA flags are one way to ensure a few 10Kers can downvote the poor content so a few 20Kers can then summarily remove it. :) –  jmort253 Apr 3 '13 at 4:36

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