Doing some flagging, editing and general cleaning up on SO being one of my hobbies, normally when I encountered answers that are generally nothing but a link to a duplicate question or one of the answers to the duplicate question I simply flagged them and moderators removed them (wow what a long sentence). I also voted to close the question as a duplicate.
So I encountered this one: https://stackoverflow.com/a/6222295/468793
It met all my criteria for an answer linking to a duplicate question, so I flagged as
not an answer and voted to close the question as a duplicate. The flag was rejected with:
declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it
I have no problem with that, and don't really care about rep and flag weight and whatever, but if I do cleanup, I want to do it right. Maybe I'm missing something or some change was introduced, but I'd like to know:
- What is the right decision in this specific case? What did I miss?
- What should I do in the future when meeting a case like this?