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  • When should I use this flag?
  • When should I not use this flag?

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What is the Not an Answer Flag?

The Not an Answer flag is a moderator flag that community users can use to notify moderators that a posted answer is not an answer, and should be deleted.

What is the purpose of the Not an Answer flag?

To identify attempts by community members to use answers for any purpose other than answering questions.

When should I use this flag?

Use this flag when an answer is being used to:

  • Ask a question
  • Communicate with another user
  • Say "thanks," or confirm that another posted answer worked for him.
  • "Bump" the question, as in "I have the same problem, have you found a solution?"

When should I not use this flag?

Do not use this flag when:

  • The user posts a partial answer
  • The answer is wrong or inaccurate, or you disagree with it
  • You have to consider the question, other answers, or even the comments on the answer itself in order to determine if an answer is not-an-answer

But I'm still not sure if I'm using the flag correctly ...

Then cast a moderator flag using the custom option instead, and explain why you think the answer is harmful to the site, and should be removed.

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"Do not use this flag when a user posts: [...] An answer to a (slightly) different question". What if it's an entirely different question? Like advice about handling strings for a question about image-processing? –  scenia Mar 10 at 13:20
See also meta.stackexchange.com/questions/224817/… –  scenia Mar 10 at 13:54
@JasonC: I made some updates. –  Robert Harvey Mar 19 at 20:34

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