As I hang out on ServerFault more I'm noticing lots of questions that get only "Yes" or "No". I think this is a worthless, rep-grab answer. They are especially worthless when they were able to post "No" first, get voted to the top, and bury the nice paragraph answer on why its "No" that's posted hours later.

While I agree that sometimes a simple "Yes" or "No" does completely answer the question, 90% of the time it simply answers a question with more questions.

Even once it was because the answerer thought the question was low effort, therefore deserved a worthless answer. I disagreed with the question being worthless, but it also makes his answer worthless for anyone else that tries to go to the question for more information. For reference someone else posted a very detailed answer which shows that yes, this question is really more than a yes or no question

The issue though is that several times the people doing it have over 10k rep, which makes me hesitant to flag. I also don't want to burn through my flags and clog the flag queue if mods are just going to ignore it.

Should I flag answers consisting only of "No" or "Yes"?

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    Should I ask simple "Yes" or "No" questions? – Josh Lee Oct 24 '11 at 15:43
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    Yes​​​​​​​​​​​​ – The Guy with The Hat Apr 17 '14 at 14:56


...that wasn't very helpful in answering your question, was it? If someone asks a yes/no question there's always an implied "and why" even if they don't ask for it.

Even if the original asker only wanted one data point with no reasoning behind it, showing the reason for a yes/no answer makes the answer useful to more than just the single asker, which is the whole point of Stack Exchange.

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    +1 for the last sentence. I knew I should have mentioned it. – BalusC Oct 24 '11 at 16:19
  • No, there is no need for a flag. Downvote if you want, but why flag? – Yakk Oct 6 '15 at 13:51

No, not necessarily, if it actually answers the question, then it shouldn't be flagged.

A lot actually depends on the question. Was it a yes/no question? If it wasn't, then the answer might not be a real answer. If it was, but you don't think in that case it's adequate then just encourage them to add more content, edit some in, or downvote it.



Flagging should be for things that can't otherwise be managed. A simple one-word answer with no other explanation might be accurate, but I doubt it is helpful. Sure, maybe that's all the original Asker needed, but our answers are supposed to be helpful for future readers, too. Downvote it.

And, if the question is in such a state that a simple one-word answer is all that's needed, it's probably not a very good question.

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