Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 157 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

This question already has an answer here:

I believe I couldn't explain my question with this title, please feel free to update it.

In earlier today, I flag this answer as not an answer.

This declined as

flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer

Why? Should flagging as a low quality would be better? Or doing nothing? I feel little confused at this point.

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by AakashM, gnat, Martijn Pieters, hims056, Soner Gönül Apr 10 '13 at 10:06

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

That looks like an answer to me. A poor one maybe (so downvote it if you think that's necessary), but still an answer. Perhaps the question might be closed as "too localized" in this case. – Bart Apr 10 '13 at 9:07
up vote 11 down vote accepted

Please down-vote and/or comment in cases like this.

It is an answer (of sorts) which is why I declined the "not an answer" flag. I might have even declined a "low quality" flag too.

share|improve this answer

That answer could be written much better, but it does give the solution to the problem. And it is introducing the solution. That is, it's not a "thanks" answer or success report relating to another answer (in fact, there is no other answer). This is the OP reporting the solution, which was the right thing to do, done in the right way.

In a different situation where the combination of the problem and its solution are not valuable, the solution is to close the question. Only if it's clearly not an answer at all--in this context, typically either not even an attempt to provide information about what solved the problem, or a thanks answer relating to another existing post--should an OP's answer be flagged.

A question should only be closed if it's clearly not valuable; not just because it seems like it will likely not be valuable. The necessary standard is met from time to time. For example, if the OP's solution is "I gave up" or "I realized all the error messages I showed you were from a totally different machine and had nothing to do with the problem; I pressed enter and it installed."

For questions like those examples, with self-answers that indicate the problem was never really there in the first place, where there's nothing that would help someone else in a similar situation, the question can be flagged as too localized (or close-voted with that close reason, for users with 3000 reputation or more).

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .