In this story identification question there is this answer which in addition to answering the question gives a review of the themes in the book and seems to contain quite a few personal opinions. I am not super comfortable with knowing what kinds of answers should be flagged based on different types of questions, but I was wondering, should this kind of answer be flagged in any way?

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    Other than it contains additional (or irrelevant) information, is there any reason why you would want to flag it?
    – Möoz
    Nov 13, 2017 at 21:22
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    @Möoz Instead of just supplying the answer of what the series is, he starts to paint it in a negative light in discussing how it follows/breaks its own internal themes. It isn't necessarily a bad answer, it just seems like it isn't the kind of answer that the OP was looking for. It would work great on a question about the themes of the series, but doesn't seem as appropriate for an ID question is all. I could be wrong, I am still fairly new to the meta stuff on this site.
    – Daishozen
    Nov 13, 2017 at 21:24
  • You're right that story-identification questions are different, however, in this case the answer is still technically an answer.
    – Möoz
    Nov 13, 2017 at 21:35

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There's nothing technically wrong with that answer

You don't need to flag it as there's nothing actually wrong with it; it's:

  • A valid answer
  • Not spam
  • Not rude/abusive
  • Doesn't need moderator attention

In fact, it was reviewed by a trusted user who found nothing wrong with it (in its original state).

Vote accordingly

A close or delete vote is not a super down-vote. Just because you disagree or don't like an answer, doesn't mean it should be deleted (or flagged), that's what the down-vote is for.

I agree that the answer starts to waffle and is only barely technically an answer because it says

Definitely Codex Alera

in it. That's not substantial enough to make a 'good' answer and to me, it's worthy of down-votes. At this point however, three users have found the post 'helpful' enough to up-vote it.

Format and improve

This site is designed around community participation; if you feel that the post can benefit from some edits, then go ahead and improve it.

In fact, I'd separate the 'answer' and 'review' parts using a horizontal rule (<hr />).

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    Thanks, as I mentioned above, I am still new to the meta side of the site and wanted to make sure I understood what kinds of things are appropriate before I did anything.
    – Daishozen
    Nov 13, 2017 at 21:33
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    You can also add a horizontal line by just adding a --- on a new line.
    – Mithical
    Nov 14, 2017 at 9:42
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    "Trusted user" :')
    – Edlothiad
    Nov 21, 2017 at 7:04
  • @edl or so the 'system' thinks, we know better don't we? ;-)
    – Möoz
    Nov 21, 2017 at 21:17

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