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Actually, it is not uncommon for people to post things like:

  • A solution to what they think the OP 'really' wants, when OP has made his/her question very focused and specific.
  • A diatribe of sorts -, lecturing the OP on how they should not even be in their situation, often making valid points.
  • Their personal experience dealing with a similar problem, which may be educational.

The motivation for this is usually validoften sound, and the content often generally useful - but sometimes it's eventhese 'answers' are a form of condescension or reputation-whoring. Indeed, such 'answers' do tend to win a lot more votes than some messy and slightly obscure partial solution... but which is what the OP was probably looking for.

So, my answer is "it's not only OK, it's often very appropriate to flag such non-answers".

Actually, it is not uncommon for people to post things like:

  • A solution to what they think the OP 'really' wants.
  • A diatribe of sorts - lecturing the OP on how they should not even be in their situation, often making valid points.
  • Their personal experience dealing with a similar problem, which may be educational.

The motivation for this is usually valid, but sometimes it's even condescension or reputation-whoring. Indeed, such 'answers' do tend to win a lot more votes than some messy and slightly obscure partial solution... but which is what the OP was probably looking for.

So, my answer is "it's not only OK, it's often very appropriate to flag such non-answers".

Actually, it is not uncommon for people to post things like:

  • A solution to what they think the OP 'really' wants, when OP has made his/her question very focused and specific.
  • A diatribe of sorts, lecturing the OP on how they should not even be in their situation.
  • Their personal experience dealing with a similar problem.

The motivation for this is often sound, and the content often generally useful - but sometimes these 'answers' are a form of condescension or reputation-whoring. Indeed, such 'answers' do tend to win a lot more votes than some messy and slightly obscure partial solution... but which is what the OP was probably looking for.

So, my answer is "it's not only OK, it's often very appropriate to flag such non-answers".

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Actually, it is not uncommon for people to post things like:

  • A solution to what they think the OP 'really' wants.
  • A diatribe of sorts - lecturing the OP on how they should not even be in their situation, often making valid points.
  • Their personal experience dealing with a similar problem, which may be educational.

The motivation for this is usually valid, but sometimes it's even condescension or reputation-whoring. Indeed, such 'answers' do tend to win a lot more votes than some messy and slightly obscure partial solution... but which is what the OP was probably looking for.

So, my answer is "it's not only OK, it's often very appropriate to flag such non-answers".