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I have noticed a few answers showing up in the review queues lately which were flagged as Very Low Quality, but which were clearly Not an Answer since the posted answers were actually questions themselves. Here is a recent example.

I clicked on Looks OK, left a comment under the answer for flaggers pointing out that the correct flag is Not an Answer, and then flagged the question as Not an Answer myself, in hopes that the original flagger or flaggers would see the comment and consider their flags more carefully.

Was this a reasonable course of action, and does it even matter which flag we choose in these circumstances given the the outcome should probably be deletion anyway?

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Actually, there's no "Not an Answer" review queue. Both "Not an Answer" and "Very Low Quality" flags will go into "Low Quality Posts" review queues.

So, yeah, unfortunately, in this case, your action of choosing "Looks OK" was wrong since it contradicted your real intent.

There's even a canned response for "This is a different question posted as an answer" when choosing Delete from "Low Quality Posts" review queue:

If you have a new question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button. Include a link to this question if it helps provide context.

  • Well, that seems like an awkwardly designed system. I seem to remember seeing a lot of complaints about the Low Quality review queues over at Stack Overflow. – David Bowling Sep 1 '18 at 21:13
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    If it's 'not an answer' how can it 'look OK'? – Tetsujin Sep 9 '18 at 11:50
  • Well, @Tetsujin, obviously an answer that is not an answer is not OK, but my original misconception was that answers flagged as Very Low Quality are what show up in the Low Quality review queues. In that case, clicking on OK validates the wrong flag, which is why I then re-flagged as Not an Answer. This was pointless in light of the fact that both flags send answers to the same queue. Now I wonder why we even have a Not an Answer flag. Why not just use the Very Low Quality flag and be done with it. Or perhaps a better name for the Low Quality Posts queue. – David Bowling Sep 10 '18 at 5:27

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