It would be nice to flag "useless" answers, those that aren't really spam, but still are junk.

For example see the OP's post on:

How to install/enable ftpcopy binary and mysqldump binary on WHM cPanel

If it's been removed the OP left an answer of just:

can anyone help?


Click the flag link and you'll see these among the options:

not an answer

This was posted as an answer, but it does not answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether.

very low quality

This answer has severe formatting or content problems. This answer is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed.

You'll probably be using the first option most of the time.


Down vote them.

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    Doesn't help most of the time. For many people, it's their last post and they'll never log in. – mmx Oct 21 '09 at 11:15
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    @Mehrdad-If the user is so touchy, the can't handle the downvote, how long are they going to last on SO with all the disagreements, downvoting, and closing of questions? Personally, I think this is exactly what downvoting was meant for, isn't it? – John MacIntyre Oct 21 '09 at 12:36
  • John: You misunderstood my point. I meant many users that post those "Thanks" and "can anyone help" posts are newbies who ask a single question and they might never come back to see the downvote and delete the post. Adding a comment can be useful for users who come back to understand SO is not phpBB but doesn't help removing the clutter most of the time. – mmx Oct 21 '09 at 12:45
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    But it makes the answer drop to the bottom, where it won't necessarily be seen. – RobS Oct 21 '09 at 12:46
  • @RobS: that is a good thing – perbert Oct 21 '09 at 12:48
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    Yes, but we'll wind up with lots of garbage at the bottom of every post. Having the lower quality answers at the bottom is fine, but garbage is just a waste. – user27414 Oct 21 '09 at 12:59

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