If someone nearly has no knowledge about the topic a question has been asked on but they still irresponsibly answer it or comment on it without understanding question properly, what would be the best response from the person who asked question.

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Just flag for admin to look at it, and we will


This sometimes happens, but please don't make an offensive riposte. That almost always starts a flame war which just adds noise to our site. Just respond politely or, if appropriate, flag for moderator attention.

Not everyone is an expert. You may think they are being irresponsible but they may be genuinely trying to help - give them the benefit of the doubt.

  • yup that's true as well, but being part of SharePoint Exchange over a long time, I realized that if someone put a confusing comment or answer your question irresponsibly its unlikely that someone else will look at it assuming that someone is already helping question asker but its a personal opinion based on "complex type of questions" as I have seen hundred of questions with 10's of answers to them, anyway your right, cheers :) Nov 28, 2012 at 13:35

Isn't that what comments and downvotes are for? I would only think to flag for moderator if it was spammy ("Check out my barely related blog post!") or well beyond wrong and into suggesting things that are downright dangerous ("Just type format c: into the command prompt!")

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    Well I dunno, maybe format c: can solve the problem :-p (sorry had to say it)
    – tekiegreg
    Apr 30, 2013 at 14:55

Personally: If your answer is simply useless to the question (you missed a point completely), you get a down-mod and a comment on why.

If you made a valiant effort at least, but came up short I'll probably just leave your answer alone. Maybe put in a comment as to what you need to do to become "the answer".

If you are dangerous, you're getting flagged, with a comment underneath on "PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS ANYONE!" until an admin comes along and cleans up.

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