This question already has an answer here:
First of all - I'm not going to bitch and moan to moderators in this topic. I'm here to ask clarification because I've had a flag declined and I really have no clue what I did 'wrong', or how to avoid the same 'mistake' in the future.
I flagged this answer as Not an answer, because the description of that flag states:
- Not an answer. This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether.
It was declined as follows:
As I said in the comment below, before flagging it, it's technically a completely valid comment, there's nothing wrong with it on its own, it just does not remotely attempt to solve the question in any way. It's like someone asks "What's your favorite color?" and you answer "Today's Tuesday". While a perfectly correct statement on its own, it does not attempt to answer the question, and should have been a comment. Which is the exact description of the Not an answer flag, so I selected that flag, and it was declined because I should not have flagged it for "technical inaccuracies or wrong answers".
I was under the impression that all remarks that might be technically correct, but do not solve issues directly related to the question at hand, should be added as comments, not answers, since they pollute the 'Knowledge Base' aspect of the site for future visitors. If this is not enforced, the flag should be renamed to "Not relevant to question" or something like that.
(the original post also contained a reference to another declined flag, but that was sufficiently explained to stem from different interpretations of what is considered 'spam' and thus removed as not to pollute the discussion on the other one)