Yesterday I stumbled upon this answer due to the question being bumped.
It is, by the official definition, considered not an answer: If you strip the markup (link), you are left with NO useful content:
I believe you'll find your answer here
I flagged this post using the standard not an answer flag and was greeted with this response:
declined - flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention
Ahem, what? This obvious not-answer does not require mod intervention? What else am I supposed to do? I used THE standard flag for this type of answer.
So I clarified that it can't be deleted by community due to being upvoted/accepted and used a custom flag:
This is by the official definition NOT AN ANSWER. Previous flag was declined, therefore using custom mod flag. Cannot be solved via community review due to being upvoted and accepted. Only counter argument against this flag is it’s age. But I don’t think this is valid. Otherwise please explain or delete the post. Thank you.
This flag was also rejected:
declined - Question is already closed as dupe. No real benefit in deletion. Feel free to edit in the essential details
Editing the answer would be a bad choice because:
- the question is closed as a duplicate and therefore adding the same information available in the origin post would defeat the goals of the duplicate closure
- such edit would derive from the original posters intent and therefore rejected.
Also this answer should never have been posted as an answer but as a comment or duplicate closure or mod flag (migrate plz) in the first case.
Now I am wondering, whether old (before the new definition) link-only answers are exempted from the rules and whether my flags were truly invalid?