As a moderator on ServerFault, when handling
not an answer flags I find myself rarely reaching for the very first option in the Declined reasons list. This is the option that reads:
Flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer
Instead, I've found myself clicking 'Other' and typing in:
Flags should not be used to indicate very wrong answers, that's what downvotes are for.
It would seem our users do need to be reminded that downvotes are there to indicate wrongness. When I handle flags like this I do drop a downvote on the answer in question if I agree with the flagger, but often I'm the first downvote.
I believe altering the wording of the decline option to be:
Flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer; please down-vote instead.
Would provide direction to our mis-flaggers for appropriate handling of this kind of content.
Is this a good SE-generalizable change, or are we just a special case?