It happens sometimes to flag an answer like this as a low quality answer, and the moderators say "declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer".
I'd like to flag these answers in such a way the community decide to delete it or not, without the intervention of the mods (even not making them aware of such things, if possible). Is this possible?

  • $\begingroup$ I don't know how these things go, and this is way I'm asking. $\endgroup$ – user26857 Feb 15 '15 at 22:45
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    $\begingroup$ This is a good question in that I don't know the best course of action. The handling of the accuracy of content is not moderators' job, so I quite understand the flag getting declined. The answer never spent any time in the review queue (I don't know why). At least I didn't see any evidence of that in the timeline. I don't know to what extent matters are further complicated by the fact that this answer has been accepted. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Feb 15 '15 at 22:49
  • $\begingroup$ We the moderators do make a call if a post comes back from the review queue with mixed response. An option (for you) is to earn the delete privilege (in due time). Another option is to bring the offending post to the notice of the users in Reopen/Undelete/Close/Delete chatroom. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Feb 15 '15 at 22:53
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    $\begingroup$ Somewhat relevant. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Feb 15 '15 at 23:04
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    $\begingroup$ Personally, I would love the ability to flag directly into the Low Quality queue. $\endgroup$ – Emily Feb 16 '15 at 1:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Arkamis I do not quite get what it is that you want. When one flags a post as very low quality usually it goes directly to the LQQ. $\endgroup$ – quid Feb 16 '15 at 1:30
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    $\begingroup$ I want it to perhaps be more usually ;) $\endgroup$ – Emily Feb 16 '15 at 1:31
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    $\begingroup$ @Arkamis, you have earned the privilege to vote to delete, so what do you need the LQQ for? Answers with delete votes can be found from the Tools menu by other users with the relevant privilege. Downvote and vote to delete. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Feb 16 '15 at 6:57

Usually, if you flag an answer as "not an answer" or "very low quality", the answer gets into the review queue, where the reviewers can decide to recommend deletion or vote to delete (if they have 20k reputation and not yet used all their delete votes for the day). The reviewers may base their judgment also on the correctness (or incorrectness, rather) of the answer, but they may also base their judgment only on formal criteria.

Accepted answers however do not enter the review queues when flagged, and moderators are not supposed to take the correctness of an answer into account when evaluating flags.

So flagging accepted answers with the aim to have them deleted can only succeed when the answer has problems beyond being wrong.

If you want the community to deal with such answers, you need to directly inform trusted users (users with at least 20k rep), e.g. in the main chat room or in the CRUDE room.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. One more thing: a flagged answer like this was considered by the mods (I think) as "disputed". What this exactly means? (I think this was in the review queue.) $\endgroup$ – user26857 Feb 15 '15 at 23:02
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    $\begingroup$ That one went into the review queue, and the reviewers disagreed with the flag. No moderators involved. Note that since recently [or soon, not sure if already implemented], if the reviewers unanimously choose "Looks OK", the flag will be declined instead of disputed. (Not that a declined flag is a big deal.) $\endgroup$ – Daniel Fischer Feb 15 '15 at 23:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Daniel How did you find the review task associated with the post? Is it a special moderator tool, or is it something us normals can do? $\endgroup$ – Milo Brandt Feb 16 '15 at 0:18
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    $\begingroup$ @Meelo If you have access to the review queue, you can find the review task also as an ordinary user. If you know when it was reviewed to within an hour or so, it even is not too bad (review->queue->history, look for the question title). Moderators have it more comfortable, if a post was reviewed, there is a link to the review task in the moderator timeline. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Fischer Feb 16 '15 at 0:22
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    $\begingroup$ Nit-pick (or I miss something): having access to the queue is not sufficient; to see the entire history is 10k+, below that one only gets one's own reviews (not all) under history. $\endgroup$ – quid Feb 16 '15 at 1:27
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, @quid is of course right. I forgot that criterion. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Fischer Feb 16 '15 at 7:57
  • $\begingroup$ I will add to the above comments that a rather comfortable way to find a review is to look at the timeline of the post - but the review is shown there only after it is finished. For some basic info about timeline, including the way to access it, see the corresponding tag-info, $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Aug 19 '18 at 21:49

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