I recently came across this answer that effectively should have been a comment. When I see answers like these that really just don't answer the question at all, should I just flag it, leave a comment, or downvote it? In this case I felt the need to do all three because it was receiving upvotes (why?) and I felt the need to try to balance those out. Was this the right thing to do?

Note: at the time of flagging and whatnot, the question was not on hold.

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    $\begingroup$ While I haven't been around much in the last few weeks (welcome!) I'll echo Martin's answer. Do what you think is right and the community will take care of itself. :-) $\endgroup$ Feb 5, 2015 at 14:30
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    – Jason C
    Feb 9, 2015 at 1:22

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I think what you did was just fine. However, balancing out votes should not be of any concern.

  • Downvote a question when you think it deserves it.
  • Leave a comment to request further clarification and/or why you think it should not be an answer, but something else.
  • Flag as non-answer or flag for the attention of the moderators explaining your concern.

Usually you will find that these issues will be taken care of through this system.

In this special case, the question itself is a more severe problem, that's why it was closed.


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