Now that I have more than 10k rep I get notices from the system to agree/disagree to some flags. There is this answer flagged as "no an answer" https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/58895 but I disagree. What do you feel: would you flag that as "no an answer"?

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    I regularly flag answers as "not an answer", but I wouldn't have flagged this. It's borderline to "ought to be a comment" though, and it seems someone has converted it to a comment. I guess the rule-of-thumb goes something like: Just mentioning a package should be a comment, showing how to use a package is an answer.
    – doncherry
    Jun 8 '12 at 9:13
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    @doncherry This particular answer just tells "try tabu" without any pointer to how this package could solve the problem (and I doubt it can). Very short answers tend to be in "ought-to-be-a-comment" category (but it's not a general rule).
    – egreg
    Jun 8 '12 at 13:04
  • Agree with both: I converted to a comment here for more or less the reasons @egreg gives.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Jun 8 '12 at 17:15

There also seems a trend to flag incorrect answers as “not an answer”. Please don't do that. Just downvote or add a comment.

E.g., https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/59229/83 is an answer. It just doesn't do what the OP wanted.


I have not flagged this as "not an answer" because it was not clear to me. Turning this into a comment is however a good idea, so next time I will flag an answer like this one.


The linked post is an attempt to answer the question so the "not an answer" flag does not apply to it according to its description "This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question.". Please flag it as "low quality" if you really think it needs to converted to a comment by a moderator and not be the OP himself.

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