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Sometimes an answer is useful, but rather off-topic or in other ways not applicable to OP's specific scenario. Maybe the answer is too general, maybe the question is somewhat localized (but not TOO localized that it should be closed), perhaps there was a slight misunderstanding between the two, etc.

In any case, the answer was deemed useful enough by some people that it has received a few upvotes, but obviously it could use a better home. That is, the answer would be a really good answer for a different question.

Let's say there no dupe.

What should be done in this case? Should a new question be asked to which the answer can be migrated? (If so, what's the protocol?) Should the answer be deleted altogether? (I've seen this happen, and honestly I don't think it's the most ideal solution)

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Can we have a moratorium on these "what should I do" questions, for at least 24 hours? –  nb69307 Aug 5 '10 at 22:17
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@Neil: Hey man, I tried talking about it. –  XMLbog Aug 5 '10 at 22:27

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I fail to see the problem:

  • If the answer is useful it isn't really offtopic.
  • If it isn't useful it will probably be voted upon accordingly.
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Nothing needs to be done. I fail to see why anyone should be burdened with maintaining this or making the judgement calls on such a gray area. The system works. Good answers are up-voted, bad answers are ignored or down-voted.

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