Suddenly, the number of outstanding flagged answers went up. It used to be lower than that.
I was reviewing them, and it occurred to me that I see invalid "not an answer" flags more often than I would like, or expect.
It has been obvious to me that this flag is for answers that are semantically not answers.
That is, if an answer is blatantly wrong, it must not be flagged, because it is an answer (a wrong one). It must be downvoted instead.
However, people seem to apply the flag to irrelevant/wrong answers, because the answer, in their opinion, does not answer the question.
I personally find the flag description from the flagging popup box clear enough:
It clearly states the reasons to flag as not-an-answer. Yet it seems to be not clear enough? Could we possibly make it even clearer?
Alternatively, if this is actually not an abuse of the flag, can we have the policy on using this flag clarified please.