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The Not An Answer flag has nothing to do with whether the answer answers the question. It has to do with whether the answer is an answer. That is, was the person posting it at least trying to answer the question, even if they got it completely wrong. In general, the following things do not fall under the NAA flag, because they all represent a ...


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There is an answer buried in that wall of text: So back to question, why would a Jedi serve a corrupt democracy? well why are our leaders doing the same thing in real life? because generations of subtle changes and eventually you will see the integrity of our system rot from the inside out like it is. The post suggests the answer is that the Republic ...


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Although I can't comment on the particular moderator's reasons for declining the NAA flags, I agree with the decision; despite all the noise, there is an answer in there: why would a Jedi serve a corrupt democracy? well why are our leaders doing the same thing in real life? because generations of subtle changes and eventually you will see the integrity of ...


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As Shog9 notes: That said, there's a change I would love to see to this flag text, that might make some small difference here: stop using the word "answer" to refer to both the post itself and the action of addressing the asker's problem: This was posted as an answer, but it does not address the problem being asked about. It should possibly be an ...


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an attempt to answer the question, even if it does not address the actual question asked This seems like an oxymoron to me. If it doesn't address the question asked, how can it attempt to answer the question? Perhaps the confusion here simply arises from people talking at cross-purposes? I'll try to provide some illustrative examples, but I'm not sure how ...


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There is something that I think is missing from the existing answers based on one of your comments (emphasis yours): @Randal'Thor that's weird, because (to me) VLQ is a lower bar than NAA. VLQ means (and I quote) "This question/answer has severe formatting or content problems. This question/answer is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might ...


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It was already mentioned in comments that "disputed" and "declined" are slightly different things: for this type of flag, "disputed" means the community voted not to delete through the review queue while "declined" means a moderator manually declined your flag. You've only ever had one NAA flag declined, which was the flag I recently declined on this answer: ...


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It's an answer, it's just not a very good one. No it's not Harry Potter but is supposed to look like him. What he summoned isn't explained or likely to explained. See also: Usefulness of “Plot hole” answers/comments How to comment on “There is no in-universe answer”/“plot hole” answers lacking any evidence? Sometimes there isn't an answer. As ...


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Disclaimer: I declined two of the NaA flags on this post, and another mod declined the third. The question includes the following: What is the explanation for why some spells can be cast without a wand and is there an in-universe explanation for why this isn't done? Akhil's answer attempts to address this by making an argument from analogy using ...


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Because "NAA" doesn't mean what any reasonable person thinks it means. Most people assume "Not An Answer" means that the post does not answer the question being asked. It doesn't. It means "the thing that was posted is in no way, shape, or form an answer to any question". The things that qualify for not an answer include: An answer that's actually a ...


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I'm not the moderator who declined that flag, but I would have done the same. The key phrase for the NAA flag text is does not attempt to answer the question. This answer does attempt to answer the question (which you acknowledged) in that it says the only explenation le[f]t is that tia dalma or calypso used her powers to bring him back. The second ...


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