Content posted as an answer that doesn't actually answer the question at hand may be flagged "Not an Answer". Note *bad* answers are not eligible for this kind flag.

Post that doesn't actually answer the question at hand may be flagged "Not an Answer". It may be a followup question, a comment, or additional details from the asker posted as an answer. Bad answers are still answers and should be dealt with through voting and commenting rather than flagging.

  • "Not an Answer" flag description, as displayed to Stack Overflow users:

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

  • Detailed explanation for the intended use of "Not an Answer" flag, as given by Joel Spolsky in Proposed improvement to flagging, for answers:

    • Should have been a comment - this is not an answer, it is a comment on the question or on another answer.

    • Should have been an edit - this is not an answer, it is additional information about the question from the original asker.

    • Me-too! non-answer - this answer consists of nothing more than "Me too!" or "Did anyone find the answer?"

    • Conversational and irrelevant - this is not an answer, just a random conversation or rant, or meaningless typing that should be deleted.


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