I flagged this answer as not an answer because this one should be a comment as per Stack Overflow regulations.

Even though the flag was disputed, I can not find any comments from the mod who disputed the flag. Earlier today I asked a question about commenting why flag is being disputed but I cannot find a proper reason.

Can anyone explain the reason please? So that I can improve my flagging...

  • You did find meta.stackexchange.com/questions/95275/…
    – rene
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 9:07
  • I can not find "commenting the reason why it was disputed..."
    – Not a bug
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 9:09
  • I did try to explain it to you atleast how much ever I knew and gave you links to questions you should read to know about the flags and their usages.
    – Rahul
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 9:09
  • Yes i got it what is disputing, but can not understand in this one !!!
    – Not a bug
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 9:12
  • It is a low quality answer but still qualifies as an answer. A downvote would be enough
    – rene
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 9:12
  • If the poster had phrased that as an answer rather than a question, it would have been an answer (although a poor one). I guess that's why at least one mod disagreed with the flag. Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 9:14
  • @KishanSarsechaGajjar - The flag was disputed, which means, atleast 1 of the 10k+ users felt that the flag was wrong and hence, pressed the Invalid Flags option they possess when reviewing the flags. As to that user felt it was an invalid flag, Barth has already conveyed that in the comment previous to this.
    – Rahul
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 9:16
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    I find these types of flags to be very contradicting often. Sometimes they're considered appropriate, sometimes they aren't without a clear distinction between the two. Keep in mind as well that 'disputed' doesn't mean you are wrong necessarily: it means at least one other reviewer deemed it invalid. Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 9:16
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    Regarding your previous question: An incorrect answer is still an answer. Such answers should not be flagged as 'not an answer'. Just downvote/comment them.
    – Himanshu
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 9:16
  • The answer you flagged as "not an answer" is an answer, as others have already said. You could had used a different flag, comment or edit it to improve it. I think the primary purpose here is to help one another, not just flag answers/questions around. Flag it if it cannot be edited, but improving the answer should be the primary concern, in my opinion, not flagging it. Downvoting without first commenting the poster to improve it does not help, either.
    – ThunderGr
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 12:16

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I saw this "Not An Answer" flag in the review queue yesterday and I marked it as an "Invalid Flag" which lead to it being disputed.

While I agree that the quality of the answer is not the best (since it is phrased as a question) it is still an answer because it directs the OP to a possible solution to their question by suggesting that they try something.

If the answer had said something like:

I am having the same problem and I tried java.text.NumberFormat and it is still not working.

Then you could flag that as "Not An Answer".

If you feel that the quality of the existing answer is lacking, then you can downvote or comment - flagging it as "Not An Answer" will lead to a declined or disputed result.

  • I flagged that because i thought it should be an comment !!! which fits to the "not an answer" as explained..."It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether."
    – Not a bug
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 12:48
  • @KishanSarsechaGajjar Well I disagree which is why I marked the flag as invalid, while it might not be the best answer it is still an answer, they are suggesting a possible solution to the problem.
    – Taryn
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 12:51
  • I was confused because same thing occurred with my answer when i was newer to the forum. Thanks you for posting your views.
    – Not a bug
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 12:55

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