We've all seen the jQuery meme. But are we flagging / deleting these types of useless answers now? See the deleted answer here (10K):

Screenshot of the answer

Shouldn't answers like this just get downvoted? Or was there some justifiable anger that this answer somehow garnered 3 upvotes?


My confusion stemmed from the fact that this answer was converted to a comment (which I wasn't aware of). Hopefully this feature request will get implemented so this is a bit clearer for the next person.

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    Check the question, it was converted to a comment as it is – random Jan 9 '12 at 16:48
  • Related – Michael Mrozek Jan 9 '12 at 17:43
  • @MichaelMrozek - that should absolutely be implemented. – Adam Rackis Jan 9 '12 at 17:47

It's presumably true that the problem can be solved with jQuery, but most problems can be solved with many frameworks and languages. Given that he didn't say how to do it with jQuery, I would have flagged it myself as not an answer. It's a comment (at best), and it was converted to one.


I don't think it has anything to do with jQuery per se. It just looks like that suggestion doesn't really answer the question. It's best left as a comment instead.


The FAQ says:

Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are …

  • commentary on the question or other answers
  • asking another, different question
  • "thanks!" or "me too!" responses
  • exact duplicates of other answers
  • barely more than a link to an external site
  • not even a partial answer to the actual question

The point I highlighted applies to this case.
It's not a matter of what the topic is, but a matter of the answer containing a little more than a link. Even supposing that the linked page contains the answer, the answer should at least make a summary about what reported in that page; it helps in the case that page is accessible for any reason, and doesn't force future readers to go to another site to read what they want to read.

  • Yeah - the main thing is that I didn't see that the answer was turned into a comment. This was a fairly dumb question -- thanks for posting this though :) – Adam Rackis Jan 9 '12 at 17:39
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    I would not say it is a fairly dumb question. You asked an admissible question, asking if your suspects were true, or not. – kiamlaluno Jan 9 '12 at 17:42

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