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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 doesn't attempt to answer the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Make VLQ and NAA flags equivalent to a negative review in the LQ queue (if the flagger can access that queue)

At least for 20k users, I'd like to see a VLQ/NAA flag automatically cast a downvote from me (not from Community), and if the post becomes eligible for casting delete votes with that downvote, ...
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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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Are wrong answers non-answers?

If you think that answer is not useful then you should downvote it. If you do not want to lose a point of reputation in order to help the site then you could just comment about the quality of 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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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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Is the answer “Don't do that” an acceptable response to a “how do I” question?

"Don't do that" is an acceptable answer, as long as the answerer's frame challenge is justified by something more substantive than "I don't like this" or "this is silly". Note that answers which don't ...
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How is anyone *helped* by deleting relevant questions added to a post?

How does deleting a subsequent question help anyone? Whom does it benefit? Conversely, how would leaving a question like mine in place hurt anyone? Stack Exchange is a network of Question & ...
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FATFQ (First Answer the Fine Question)

All (newer) users suspect they write fine, well formulated and well specified questions, without caring about site policies, where it's well defined what constitutes a good question. Also all (newer) ...
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Convert non-answers into new questions?

Some Stack Exchange sites need this feature more than others. I suspect Bicycles Stack Exchange sees many new users who are used to discussion forums and assume BSE is one. We see a lot of related ...
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Are link based answers ok if they link to other Stack Exchange Answers?

Link-only answers don't stop being link-only answers if the link is local. All of these considerations still apply, particularly: The reader has to click the link to even find out what shape the ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Hard to understand why adding the answer as an edit isn't possible

I cannot read Russian, so I obviously can't verify your translation, but what I can see in the error message is the number "30000", and that tells me that this definitely is a "convert ...
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How to deal with non answers? Automated ways preferred

You can flag the answer or if you are already in review, choose the appropriate canned text when recommending deletion. See for an example this comment which comes from review: This does not ...
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