I flagged this answer as not an answer. It was declined by a mod with the reason:

declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it

When I read the OP and the answers and then finally the item I flagged, I just don't see why it was not removed. It is a comment by the original user with absolutely no explanation of what the final problem was or how it was resolved.

I totally understand that the mods review a tons of flags everyday and maybe I just am not awake yet, but this just doesn't seem like it should be kept as an answer to the question.

Am I missing something? Should I just flag it again as other with an explanation?

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    I converted that answer to be an edit to the question, since the OP accepted another answer. Still, it was an answer to the question, if only to say that 'there was no problem here, sorry'. However, I'm not sure why it didn't get converted when the question was closed, probably just a very busy day :) – Tim Post Jun 7 '12 at 14:03
  • @TimPost thanks for checking. I know you guys are busy with this stuff, I was just somewhat confused. :) – Taryn Jun 7 '12 at 14:14

Moderators do not always have the time to check fully whether or not an answer is or is not an answer.
It might have looks from the distance as a legit answer, so the mod marked it as such.

What I do is I use the other section to explain why I think the post should be changed, and it usually gets better results.


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    Er. I know mods don't have time to go in-depth, but if the flag is "not an answer" they should probably at least make the time to check if the post is or is not an answer – Michael Mrozek Jun 7 '12 at 14:00
  • @MichaelMrozek I agree with you, but I have had this issue before, and using the other comment area helped. – Naftali aka Neal Jun 7 '12 at 14:03
  • @MichaelMrozek see my question over here – Naftali aka Neal Jun 7 '12 at 14:05
  • See this comment in particular: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/117511/… (sorry for the multiple pinging) @MichaelMrozek – Naftali aka Neal Jun 7 '12 at 14:05
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    You can edit comments for 5 minutes, by the way :). And yes, I'm sure using "other" helps, and I recommend it too, but hopefully none of them are saying "I don't have time to determine if this NaA flag is right -- dismissed" – Michael Mrozek Jun 7 '12 at 14:09
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    I've started flagging as other for what I consider Not an Answer answers too. Not an Answer tends to be judged very strictly, and that is the right way to do it. However, when something might be borderline, it's far better to flag as "Other" and explain in your own words what you think is wrong; that way, there can be no misunderstanding or confusion and even if the flag is declined, it's more likely to be declined as helpful as you've demonstrated good faith in your flagging. – RivieraKid Jun 7 '12 at 14:19

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