I saw a question earlier today that had been answered incorrectly, and most of the comments in the question were criticizing and correcting the answer given, rather than answering the question that had been asked. Is there a good balance between helping those that have asked the questions and helping those that have mistakes in their answers?

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    Can you link to that question?
    – Mysticial
    Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 0:40
  • I really don't get what scenario you are talking about here. What are "comments in the question"? Comments on the question that appear under the question (as they should)? Comments that the OP added into the body of the question? You say "correcting the answer" so are they comments on the answer (appearing under it)?
    – Louis
    Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 12:06

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If a user tries to answer a question and fails to do it, did users who helped to make his answer correct helped OP? Yes. There is nothing wrong with trying to correct an answer.

If you still feel that the answer is wrong, just downvote - no need to flag it if its wrong, unless it is plain wrong and has to do nothing with question (however I doubt if in this case anyone will want to correct it).


i think it would be better if you would flag the answer itself as "Not an answer" for review purposes, and if you know the right answer post an answer about it, criticizing an incorrect answer would not help the community, rather you can comment to that answer if you want to correct the answer itself, helping both the user who posted the question and posted the incorrect answer was never wrong, we are a community and i think we should help everyone understand what the question really is.

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    No, "Not an Answer" flags should not be used for incorrect answers. They'll be rejected. Downvote and/or comment.
    – ale
    Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 2:52

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