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Down Vote “code only” answers?

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So far, all the answers just give the code with a little sentence on the side with no comments whatsoever. I see this kind of answers quite often and am wondering: is it legitimate to downvote this kind of answer?

What I mean is that the answer should not just give the code, but it should explain why OP was wrong, and how to fix it. This kind of answer clearly doesn't help IMHO.

So... just asking what the community thinks of this.

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    You should have a look at the "low quality" tab in the review panel... you would get rid of your reputation pretty fast. ;)
    – Bart
    Commented May 31, 2012 at 12:27
  • Ugh, didn't look at this. I guess I'm going to be more relaxed. Commented May 31, 2012 at 12:34

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The label on the downvote button reads "This answer is not useful".

So if you think that a plain-code-without-text-answer is not useful, downvote it - if you're ready to pay 1 reputation point for that. But don't downvote just because you expect text. Downvote because the code by itself is really not useful.

Maybe, add a comment explaining the downvote and follow up on the answer in case the answerer does correct it, removing the downvote again.


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