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Should I flag answers consisting only of “No” or “Yes”?

Assuming the correct answer to the question is


What is the correct etiquette when seeing these answers in /review ?

Voting down doesn't like the right option (assuming the answer is correct) yet voting up doesn't right either as trust is placed on the user who answered the question that he knows what he is talking about (yet no information as to why was added)

One can also leave it in /review with the hope that someone with the expertise will edit the question with "why" it is no?


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Perhaps leave a comment for the user to add more info. I often phrase it as:

If a prof had asked you this question in class, would he be happy with the answer you provided?

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    Most likely reply: "No." Dec 20, 2011 at 20:48
  • @BilltheLizard :) I did manage to guilt-trip an undergrad on Quant.SE into actually fixing his answer with this line. Dec 20, 2011 at 20:53
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    Impressive! I feel like if I tried this, it would only result in me receiving serial downvotes.
    – Pops
    Dec 20, 2011 at 20:55
  • @PopularDemand Well, I'm also a moderator on Quant.SE, so I kind of have that authoritative vibe going. Dec 20, 2011 at 20:57
  • No Dec 20, 2011 at 21:25

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