We have, on this site, had some confusion/differing opinions on the matter of when a Not an Answer flag is applicable. Specifically, when someone posts something related that isn't actually an answer to the question.
It may attempt to answer (but doesn't actually give an answer). It may provide some relevant info. But... I wouldn't say that it actually provides a real answer to the question asked.
The point of this meta question is to determine whether or not such answers fall under the Not an Answer flag.
Some previous examples: (1) (2) (3)
What we can take away from those questions is that people disagree about whether or not an attempt to answer the question, even if it does not address the actual question asked, qualifies for a Not an Answer flag.
Shog9 seems to think that attempting doesn't cut it. That if it doesn't actually answer the question... well, don't go cherry picking the description. See also this comment.
But what does the Scifi.SE community think? Should we be using Not an Answer flags for answers that attempt to answer but don't actually provide an answer, no matter what the network wide policy (which can be overridden by individual community consensus), or not?
I'm aware of How do we handle answers that don't answer the question?; but see the voting on the answers there. That, in addition to the fact that that post is from 2012, prompted me to open this up for discussion again.