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I'm starting to see more of this, and it fills up my Recent Activity list with useless comments. It would be nice if there was a way to downvote them but that is not available for comments. Would it be appropriate to flag them for moderator review?

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I've tried educating people, and have gotten the response "I know, I'm just trying to be helpful." – user27414 Jul 23 '10 at 18:38
Based on things like this, and the questions about "do they understand off -topic", I'm starting to understand why SE wanted the initial beta sites to be heavy on SO users - who understand the concept of a demo site... – John C Jul 23 '10 at 19:08
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Let them.

This will create more Google fodder which will increase the traffic, which increases the chance of the proposal succeeding.

So what happens if people answer off-topic questions? No big deal - they just won't be imported when the site goes Beta.

Update: see related feature request added by me: Area51: allow answers much earlier

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@BenV - thanks for accepting, appreciate it. – Wikis Jan 18 '11 at 21:53

I don't know what proposals you're referring to, but the people putting answers on my proposals are people who should know better, like Adam Davis here (user Pollyanna on this site), so it seems like just typical timewasting behaviour rather than a lack of user education.

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Ha! I remember that one. I know, I know, there's no room on Stack Exchange for levity, but it still makes me chuckle. Here's the interaction for those unable to see the now deleted question. – Adam Davis Jun 23 '14 at 22:49

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