I spend a decent amount of time on Stack Overflow reading questions and answers, so I also end up flagging a lot. Yesterday, I flagged this answer as not an answer because:
- it only contains a link to the documentation.
- probably not important, but that link doesn't even answer the question, as the user which asked the question didn't have problems with the basic usage of the class, he had problems with customizing the behavior of the class.
- the rest of the answer is a comment.
But the flag got declined with the usual:
declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it
So, in the end, is that a real answer? Does linking to the documentation(instead of a tutorial somewhere) makes it an answer? On the same question there is a deleted answer(by a moderator) like:
You can try this tutorial: link-to-yet-another-blog-with-tutorials
If this deleted answer was in the form of my flagged answer above(let's say with the link to the documentation replaced by the tutorial link), it would have escaped the deletion? In my opinion, the answer that qualifies as a real answer(to a certain degree) is the other non deleted answer, which funny enough points to a question which has the correct answer a link to a tutorial on some blog.
Also, regarding flag decisions(although I feel that there could be a duplicate question for this), I also flagged this answer as not an answer(even it's author later said it was a comment). The flag was
helpful but the answer remained. Shouldn't have been deleted?