So, this might be covered under one of the other sites, but is there a preferred way to deal with "pile on" answers? I speak specifically of those answers that say something like "as X said, restate of X's answer, additional comment that adds nothing to the answer." Is this a down vote situation? Add a comment that says this should be a comment and not an answer? Just flag for delete?

What's the best way to deal with these?


If they really just reference another answer and aren't complete on their own (and don't add anything substantive), you could flag them, although I would just downvote them and leave a comment explaining it. You should only really flag non-answers, and these sound like real answers, just poor ones - although you haven't provided a specific example, so I'm making a few assumptions there.

Also, if you see a particular question getting a lot of pointless/noisy answers then flag the question itself for moderator attention and we'll either protect it or close/lock it if the situation seems particularly dire.

In general, don't be afraid to downvote anything that looks like crap. People may cry bloody murder over a downvote but in practice, they are just as vital as upvotes to maintain the quality of answers and thus the overall health of this community.

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    I didn't really want to call out a bunch of new users which is the reason for the lack of specific examples. I just wanted to discourage the behavior in the way that everybody thought would minimize waves. – sarge_smith Dec 18 '10 at 3:05

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