Whilst reviewing answers I came across an answer that was several paragraphs long and I imagine that without reading it there are those who might consider it to be ok and happily move on to the next answer in the review queue.
After reading the answer I decided to flag it as not an answer, because in my view, it did not attempt to answer the question, apart from a few key words, such as "windows 8" and "install" it was nothing at all to do with the question.
My flag was declined by a moderator who gave the reason "declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it"
So I decided to raise another flag about the post, stating that it did not attempt to answer the question, which was also declined with the reason "declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer"
After a little deeper investigation I found that the question had been copied from another site, so I left a comment with a link, the question has since been removed.
My question is, when is an answer not an answer? Does writing several paragraphs (copy and pasted or not) about a subject unrelated to the question qualify as "not an answer"?