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Why don't we treat rubbish the same as spam?

I'm assuming that's not what "abusive" in this reason is referring to Abusive means what it says. Don't overthink this. Look... The problem folks have with these is that they see the pile of ...
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How do I properly use the "Not an Answer" flag?

What is the not an answer flag? The not an answer flag (NAA) is a flag to indicate that someone used the "answer the question" box to post something that isn't really an answer. It usually ...
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Your answer is in another castle Part 2: can we stop the confusion about NAA flags and posts that tackle a different question from the one posted?

I wrote that post - and threw together that collage - to try to establish a shared baseline understanding for answer flagging, a set of things that hopefully we could all agree on. Because... Of ...
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Judgment of "not an answer"

If that's all your answer contained...yes. There's a close vote reason to the tune of, "Needs more focus" which covers this exact case. If you want to commentate on a question's topicality, flagging/...
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Does Meta have a different standard for NAA?

Humor and silliness are more welcome on meta than main, but posts that don't even attempt to answer the question aren't answers. This one is blatant; it ignores the question and responds to the ...
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Should a custom flag be used instead of the "not an answer" flag when the answer isn't a blatant non-answer?

First of all... This isn't a "Stack Overflow vs. The Network" issue. Yes, Stack Overflow gets a tremendous number of non-answers, and associated flags, and has to handle them efficiently somehow... ....
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When NAA includes rude language - red flaggable?

I wouldn't edit the example question you provided either, but just flag it as rude/abusive. If it's just one or two instances of 'f***ing' (of which some users, due to watching too much television, ...
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As a moderator, am I supposed to handle NAA flags or let the reviewers do it?

Note that these flags do not enter the moderator flag queue immediately: This delay gives the community a chance to handle these flags first. If that doesn't happen, or if it can't happen, then it ...
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Is the answer “Don't do that” an acceptable response to a “how do I” question?

Don't do that is perfectly fine as an answer (on the majority of sites) to questions that ask How do I. specially if it is a valid answer. It might help a bit if the advice comes with some ...
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Judgment of "not an answer"

If you were "saying so" in the answer box rather than by using a close vote or close flag, yes it should.
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accepted-answer is not-an-answer?

Strictly speaking, this auto-comment from the LQP review queue is inappropriate. This is an answer, it just doesn't have a lot of detail to it. It's so sparse, in fact, that it fits the sloppy pattern ...
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How is anyone *helped* by deleting relevant questions added to a post?

There's nothing stopping you from asking a question and referencing the original question in it while describing how your question differs from that. That's not only a valid question but it shows ...
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Why don't we treat rubbish the same as spam?

Let us see what the rude or abusive flag means. A reasonable person would find this content inappropriate for respectful discourse. I think that agpyeghrujdsg is inappropriate discourse in ...
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Expand LQ review comment for "me too" non-answers with advice about "follow post" feature

This string has been updated with details about the Follow feature. Thanks for the suggestion! The fix will be merged in today or tomorrow.
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Allow users to review NAA / low quality answers they have flagged themselves

I think self-handling of posts you have flagged defeats the entire purpose of the review queue, no matter how short-supplied the site is. Maybe there is another way around, and that is that flags ...
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Should I flag obviously wrong answers as NAA?

NAA is intended for answers that are not an honest attempt to answer the question. Hence: Case 1 – The example is oversimplifying to make a specific statement. The answer is unrealistically stupid; ...
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What constitutes an answer on Meta?

Can an answer ask yet more questions? Is meta a game of questions? Are rhetorical questions sometimes asked in the course of an answer? Is this all getting confusing or tedious? The specific answer ...
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Should a custom flag be used instead of the "not an answer" flag when the answer isn't a blatant non-answer?

I think the answer to this will vary based on the site and the specifics of the answer being flagged. The "not an answer" flag was designed to provide a fast path to deletion for things that shouldn'...
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Is it okay to dispute the premise of a question?

we should assume that the questioner knows at least approximately what they want Stack Overflow gets so many low quality "beginner" questions (oh, hey, it's September again) that I don't think this ...
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Why was my flag disputed?

If an answer is wrong - downvote it. If an answer isn't trying to answer the question at all - only then flag as not an answer. This could be the case for answers like Me too Anyone found the ...
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How to flag link-only answers / what happened to the very low quality flag?

VLQ is only available as an option for the first 7 days of a post. In this case the answer is Not An Answer, so flag accordingly.
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Is it a bad practice to make assumptions in order to answer a question?

There are SE sites, such as Drupal.SE, where answers may depend on the release of a software in the question, whereas that release is indicated in the question using either the title, the body or some ...
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Can we have a "plea for attention" LQP comment?

That list is already pretty long as it is. On my laptop screen, it barely fits vertically and scroll areas inside scroll areas are a real pain. I rarely use these default comments at all, often ...
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FATFQ (First Answer the Fine Question)

We don't need to invent acronyms for sloppy answers as much as we don't need RTFM for sloppy questions. A sloppy answer deserves a down vote, nothing more, nothing less. If the answer is missing the ...
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What happens when I flag a posted answer as “not an answer”?

This is a Community Wiki answer. If you notice any incorrect or outdated information in it, or if you think that it could be otherwise improved, please edit it! When you flag an answer as "not an ...
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How do I ensure a poor answer doesn't get bounty if it's the only answer?

As long as it's below +2 no automatic bounty will be awarded. If you're fine with the reputation going to /dev/null... Since that answer is at zero, you need do nothing. You cannot explicitly award ...
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Explain reason for "not an answer" flag

In your case, I think the NAA flag was wrong, because the answer was an actual answer, albeit a copy/pasted one. Hence the declined flag. I believe the "in need of moderator intervention" with a ...
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Should answer be flagged as NAA if the OP has already stated they don't want to use that solution?

No, flags, in a very, very general sense, are not meant to bring stuff in front of users with moderation privileges or moderators that needs context to handle. In your specific example, you'll need ...
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What happens when I flag a posted answer as “not an answer”?

If you flag a question as NAA it will end up in the Low Quality review queue if the answer isn't accepted (flags on accepted answers can only be handled by moderators). It will always end up in the ...
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How to deal with non answers? Automated ways preferred

Patrick's answer provides the systematic way to deal with these, which is using the review queue. You have 646 rep on SO as of this writing, so you can access First Post and Late Answers review queues,...
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