Note: This is a follow-up on Is “Y” really a valid answer to “I want X, and tried to do Y, but it doesn't work”? — because I don't think this is sufficiently answered, or at least doesn't seem too consistent in its approach. Also, we can't add bounties here.
Furthermore, I asked this on Ask a SU mod, but haven't received a response so far.
I flagged this answer:
Also, […] there is easy alternative of using dropbox or box.net. You can sigup and download sync software (free) and use it as a remote folder. […].
My flag included the custom message:
Doesn't answer the question, the OP has specifically excluded Dropbox and similar services.
If we look at the question, it says:
I can't use Dropbox or similar clouds tools because of their license.
Yet, my flag was declined:
So, here's what irks me:
The question is: How can I do X? I can't ever use Y. The answer is Use Y. How does it answer the question? It doesn't.
The decline reason states "technical inaccuracies". That's not the point. The answer is technically accurate. It'll probably work fine. If there were a technical problem, I would have added a comment.
It also talks about an "altogether wrong answer". That's also not the case. The answer didn't include any wrong statement or misinformation.
Even more so, the How to Answer page specifically says:
Read the question carefully. What, specifically, is the question asking for? Make sure your answer provides that […]
There's no way to post this answer rendering the OP's limitation invalid. They can't use Dropbox because of the license. Period.
As for further misunderstanding, perhaps say something like OP already said that this answer doesn't work for him or something like that.
… which I more or less did. The OP dismissed such an answer before.
So, what is the rule on these posts? Should these kinds of answers be left as they are? Or was this declined flag just a mistake?
I think we should at least be consistent with that. Note that I'm not crying about one declined flag, it's just that I feel there's no clear rule on these posts, given that it has happened before.
I flagged this answer:
Try adding […]
… which was posted on a question that specifically said:
I have tried several methods […] including adding unset MAILCHECK
The flag was declined:
The post is technically accurate, but the OP had already dismissed that. The answer doesn't answer the question. It's not valid. Period.