I am referring to this flag I raised- enter image description here

The answer should have been deleted, apart from being downvoted. For this purpose, couldn't I flag? These types of answers (from high rep. users) lower the quality of MSE.

Edit: The answer is now deleted.


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Yes, you should flag low quality content. But you should use the standard flags, i.e. "Very low quality" and "Not an answer" (when applicable) or "This question should be closed" (when applicable).

These flags will push the post into the review queues where they can be reviewed by users and acted upon.

You, in this case, used a free-form flag to notify the moderators of a low quality post. Don't do that. We are not referees of mathematical content. We try to avoid exercising our powers when unnecessary since our votes are binding, and in the case of deletion irreversible by normal users. This is why your flag was rejected. We have enough work on our hands with content that we should deal with, and flagging bad content for moderator attention will simply get your flag rejected.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for posting this now! And thanks to @MartinSleziak for the references too! It hits me because few days ago I flagged an answer , accompanied by the comment "This answer is plainly wrong, and I'm pleading to get it deleted." The flag was rejected which is in line with this thread. How/where can I vote for deletion of an answer? Is there a corresponding rep threshold which I haven't reached? $\endgroup$
    – Hanno
    Commented Apr 18, 2021 at 12:25
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    $\begingroup$ @Hanno, as Asaf says, you can flag as "very low quality" or as "not an answer" if one of those flags is applicable. You can also leave a comment pointing out what's wrong with the answer. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 18, 2021 at 12:42
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson Thanks, that worked. After flagging as "Not an A" it is deleted by now. $\endgroup$
    – Hanno
    Commented Apr 18, 2021 at 13:34
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    $\begingroup$ Also, wrong answers are not very low quality - that's what downvotes are for. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 20, 2021 at 13:59

Related on MSO: Are blatantly wrong answers very low quality? Short answer: wrong answers are not very low quality. That's what downvotes are for.

Wrong answers are actually beneficial to the site if they're downvoted (ideally with comments explaining why they're wrong) - that way they can serve as a warning to others against making a similar mistake. In the specific case you cite, the answer was already downvoted, so there's no point in deleting it - the downvotes should already serve as a warning there's some problem with the answer. You could add a fifth downvote or add a comment explaining what the problem is, both of which would be useful.

Also, please don't use custom flags for stuff that the community can take care of. If you think that a question is very low quality or not an answer, use a standard flag so that the community can take care of it without having to bother the moderators about it.


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