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5 years, 4 months ago
In the review queue for low quality answers I came across
this answer. The answer is pretty bad in my opinion, it lacks rigour, etc. Yet it is an attempt to answer the question, not spam or vandalism. We already have downvotes to deal with answers we disagree with.
When should I recommend deletion (in the review queue or via flagging) rather than downvoting an answer?
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Jan 24, 2018 at 15:39
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this answer on Meta.SE:
Delete a post
If the post is rude or offensive [possibly flag]
[ANS] If the answer asks another question
[ANS] If an answer is actually a comment (such as asking for more info, thanks!, etc.) [possibly flag]
[ANS] If the answer is incomprehensible and you are at least a bit familiar with the subject.
[ANS] If the answer duplicates another, better answer to the same question (e.g. a link-only answer where another answer provides the same link with an explanation).
[ANS] Is obvious spam (tries to sell you cheap sunglasses) [flag].
Note that wrong answers should not be deleted: deletion is for answers that “aren't even wrong”.
A common theme among these guideline seems to be that deletion is reserved for not-an-answer's.
For the particular answer you linked to, I voted "Looks OK" when I reviewed it, since it does try to address the OP's question, albeit not in a very satisfying manner.
Jan 24, 2018 at 21:10
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