So, I am trying to be a vigilant member of Stack Overflow.

I flagged a few posts, and noticed that some of them were rejected/disputed.

Of course, my little ego was bruised (just joking) and I went back to check the flagged posts.

I still stand by my flags, but I apparently can't re-flag them.

Is there a way I can get a moderator's attention in that scenario?

Here are some examples :

When should foreign keys be used?

In this case, the OP himself says that the answer is not related to his question. Yet, my flag (not an answer) was declined.

'string[]' does not contain a definition for 'Cast'

These flags were mainly raised when I was reviewing 'Late Answers'. So, from what I understood, you just don't down-vote irrelevant posts, you flag them too (if necessary), when doing the reviews?

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    The decline reason was also wrong there. Here's a better one: flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Oct 14, 2013 at 4:29
  • So, if I see a wrong answer, what should I do? Oct 14, 2013 at 4:31
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    @Somya You downvote it.
    – Mysticial
    Oct 14, 2013 at 4:32
  • @Mysticial, in the second example, the answer is no where related to the question. Still not flag it and just downvote it? Sorry, a tad confused because it says - 'Mark it as not an answer - This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether.' Oct 14, 2013 at 4:34
  • @Somya The poster evidently did make an attempt to answer the question; it's just that the attempt was evidently incorrect. Oct 14, 2013 at 4:36
  • @Somya: The answer in the second example still looks like an attempt. The answerer was not asking another question altogether, thanking someone, or asking the OP for more information.
    – Jamal
    Oct 14, 2013 at 4:37
  • Actually, the answer in the second example is no where related to the question. Also, if I just simple down-vote a post, when doing a review, won't that be a bad review? Oct 14, 2013 at 4:39
  • @Somya No, my understanding is that downvoting a bad answer will pass the audit. Oct 14, 2013 at 4:40
  • Right. So, this is just the case of different moderators taking different approach. I failed a few audits in the past, when I just down-voted the post. Oct 14, 2013 at 4:41
  • See also this discussion.
    – user213634
    Oct 14, 2013 at 8:14

1 Answer 1


There's a difference between "not an answer to the question," and the flag reason "Not an answer."

  • The former is perfectly allowed, and not a good enough reason for deletion. If the answer given doesn't answer the question, feel free to downvote and let the answerer know.
  • "Not an answer", when referring to the flag reason, refers to when the post doesn't even attempt to make an answer. Examples include making a post that's just another question, or a post that just says "so-and-so's answer worked for me too, thanks!"

So, in this case, please don't flag it (for moderator attention or otherwise); the post is an answer; just not what the asker was looking for. Quoting what animuson put as a comment: flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer.

  • Thanks, Dennis. What should I possibly flag this as then? Oct 14, 2013 at 4:29
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    Don't flag at all. See what animuson posted as a comment Oct 14, 2013 at 4:32
  • Hmmm, I have edited my question with more info. Basically, I was told by a moderator that when reviewing posts (first time posts or late answers), you flag the posts, and not just down-vote them. Oct 14, 2013 at 4:38
  • @Somya Interesting, I've never actually seen anyone suggest that you flag an incorrect answer. Oct 14, 2013 at 4:44
  • I swear on peanut butter, I was told to flag the posts or else they will fail me in the audit. And the cruel people actually did. Oct 14, 2013 at 4:49
  • For what it's worth, audits are computerized, and they're not infallible. It could very well be that the audit system made a mistake there; because it's fairly agreed upon that you do not flag an answer simply because it's wrong or doesn't quite answer the question. Oct 14, 2013 at 4:51
  • Will keep that in mind that. Sulking ends here. Oct 14, 2013 at 4:53

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