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In Moderator Tools, when an answer is flagged as "Not an Answer," and a moderator clicks the "Delete Post" link to delete it, a system-generated comment should be added to the answer.

The comment should read:

This is not an answer...See the FAQ for more info. - Community ♦

This should also work in the same way if an answer gathers enough deletion votes from 10K users to be deleted.

Alternatively, clicking on the "Delete Post" link could bring up the following dialog:

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Taken from this User Script. The script is good, but it only works on actual displayed posts, which defeats the purpose of the Delete Post link in moderator tools.

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I would prefer to have a dropdown of more relevant comments. I always write StackOverflow is not a forum. You should ask a separate question. – SLaks Mar 3 '11 at 0:41
Another option "You're a failure at reading instructions" – random Mar 3 '11 at 0:58
related:… – Borror0 Apr 3 '11 at 13:24
When I flag NaA, I add such a comment myself - partly for the answerer, partly for the moderator. Therefore this should at most be an option for the moderator, so they don't need to do it if it's already done. – Kate Gregory Oct 21 '11 at 17:11

There should be an option to not bother with this comment at all.

Hit "Delete" on the answer, maybe dismiss an attached flag as valid, and move on.

None of this spoon-feeding instructions malarky.

If they can't discern the difference between "Post Your Answer" and "What are your thoughts?" and "Care to Comment?" then there is little hope for them.

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That is essentially how it works now. – Robert Harvey Mar 3 '11 at 22:04
In other words, "Do not want". @rob – random Mar 3 '11 at 22:07
Well the problem I face as moderator is, when new users post as answer instead of comment. Forced to do this really, as they only have 1 rep and cant post a comment. Eg.… – Anders Rask Oct 16 '12 at 7:39
Just saying that simple template that explains the "why's" would really make moderation easier – Anders Rask Oct 16 '12 at 7:47

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