When reviewing answers, what should be done with ones like this:


which are late, and add almost no new information to the question that was not already present from previous answerers?

I don't think we want to discourage new users, but answers like this are also not helpful.

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I've seen other reviewers add comments to the effect that the new answer has not added any value. I don't think that it is wrong to point this out. Something along these lines ought to fit the bill,

The answer you have posted does not provide much information that can't be found in existing answers and might therefore be down-voted. Note that you can edit to improve your answer, and thereby increase the chances of receiving up-votes.

That's not exactly gushy, but it's not unfriendly either.

The answer you gave as an example tells us that the white-seed pomegranates are sweeter than the tarter red-seed varieties. This information isn't present in the first answer and so the poster, in this case, might take umbrage at receiving the comment I suggest above, even though it is true that they have not added much.

In this case, I think the comment should recognise the fact that there is something new and potentially useful, if only a little,

This answer adds a little new information, but not enough to warrant posting a new answer. Once you gain enough reputation to do so, it would be better to add this information as a comment on an existing answer. Meanwhile you can edit to improve your answer, and thereby increase the chances of receiving up-votes.


Some people flag these as "very low quality" - in fact, the system automatically flags a lot of them that way.

It's your call, but FWIW, we usually do delete them if they literally add zero new information. Or at least I do.

Note, it is OK for a late answer to consolidate multiple previous answers into one, as a sort of summary - assuming all those previous answers address different issues and some effort goes into consolidation (i.e. if it's not just a copy/paste job). Obviously that does not apply to this particular example, but just want to let people know that it is an exception to the "rule".

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