I went to flag an answer just recently, and I get this message that I've never seen before :

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So I reviewed my recent flags, and I see that 2 of my recent flags have been declined.
#1 #2

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Was I right that these were not answers, but just like comments?

If I was right, is there anyway to not have this effect my record, so I don't get banned/suspended from flagging?

Also, when I flag for, "it is not an answer", I was under the impression that it goes to the low quality posts queue, where it can be deleted by enough votes to delete. Or do only "it is very low quality" flags go to that queue?

  • The message is a really recent change. Also, NAA flags don't kick a post into Low Quality - only VLQ flags do that. Feb 27, 2014 at 1:01
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    Both of those flags were bogus. That's why mods review them. 90% of them are dead-on accurate and the moderator can just click delete, but that other 10% is where folks need to be set straight. Eventually, we'll probably move these into a 10K review queue (they're already in the 10K flag queue) for this same reason.
    – Shog9
    Feb 27, 2014 at 1:19

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Semantically they are answers, just not particularly good ones. An answer can still be phrased as a question, as a way for pointing something out in an oblique or polite way (there's probably a name for this but I don't know what it is, these guys would know it).

So the correct action for "answers" like this is to either down vote, comment and ask for clarification, or flag as VLQ (for me VLQ is a last resort, the other two are usually a more direct way of getting an answer improved).

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    @LowerClassOverflowian No, it's definitely an answer, written as Have you thought about [solution here]? In fact he suggests something very similar to the answer from Burhan, but he didn't include any code. For these you are better off encouraging the author to write a more comprehensive answer.
    – slugster
    Feb 27, 2014 at 1:38
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    @LowerClassOverflowian Do you realize that Low Quality Flags still hit the Moderator Queue? While a 10k user can review low quality flags as well, they can dispute your flags.
    – Taryn
    Feb 27, 2014 at 1:49
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    The example you're using isn't asking for help writing SVG, and isn't being recommended a different product, @Lower. He's writing text to a file, and the answer is suggesting he can avoid his problem by writing it in a different manner. Don't fuzzy up the issue by just ignoring what you flagged and pretending you flagged something else entirely!
    – Shog9
    Feb 27, 2014 at 1:51
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    FYI: VLQ flags get reviewed by mods, 10K users, and edit-privileged reviewers (all in different contexts), @Lower. Search meta for details.
    – Shog9
    Feb 27, 2014 at 1:59
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    @LowerClassOverflowian Not every answer with a question mark in it is "not an answer."
    – Kevin
    Feb 27, 2014 at 16:20

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