I am sorry for a series of questions on this topic recently. This will be the last question I promise :)

Recently I flagged some answers. The following flags are disputed:

As those flags are disputed, I know I am flagging in a wrong way. But how wrong it is? In what case should we flag an answer?

I am looking for a general answer for the last question above.

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  • The "music sheets" link seems to be an attempt to use the abc music creation package, so it's not fair to say it has "nothing to do with the question". But I agree there are so many things wrong with it that it is useless as an answer to the question.
    – alephzero
    Commented May 12, 2019 at 16:54

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Flagging is intended for cases where 'user' actions cannot suffice. For example, an objectively wrong answer can be downvoted: that's how the site is supposed to work. On the other hand, an answer with is about a totally different topic, or is itself a question, should really be removed entirely: that requires moderator action.

I would not get hung up too much on whether your flags are 'helpful'. Some of that can be affected by review queues, etc., and there can be a 'diversity of views'. The helpfulness of flags is mainly there to allow the back-end to order flagged posts for mods: we have a sufficiently-short queue that this is really neither here nor there.

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