Every now and again I flag something as not trying to answer the question (maybe extra tangential information), but then the flag is disputed or declined.

Am I too trigger-happy with my flagging or something?

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    I’ve pretty much given up flagging NAAs here, because the flags are nearly always declined (and yet, in many cases, the post ends up removed through other means, or converted to a comment on appeal). Even when the moderators seem to agree they end up disinclined to act upon the flags in some cases :-(. Feb 26 at 22:09

Blame the review queues for the disputed flags.

For the declined ones – or, at least, those I've looked at – you've flagged answers that do answer the question, like this one:

Question: Which tools were used to create the C language?
Answer: TMG was […] used […] to write […] B […].

This answers the question (imo), because B was made into C incrementally; early C compilers were “B++” compilers.

A NAA would be something like:

Question: Which tools were used to create the C language?
Answer: C++ evolved from a C preprocessor called Cpre, which implemented “C with Classes”.

You see that this doesn't answer the question. Here's something else that is not NAA:

Question: Which tools were used to create the C language?
Answer: The first C compiler was written in Python.

It answers the question! It's also wrong; downvote, and perhaps flag as Very Low Quality (something as egregiously wrong as this is probably a troll). But NAA is not an appropriate flag.

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    Could you explain this one then? I’m clearly not the only Retro.SE user to think that it’s absolutely not an answer — or rather, that it’s an answer to a different question, and therefore posted in the wrong place, and thus NAA. Feb 26 at 22:08
  • @StephenKitt I think that one is a valid attempt to answer the question. Clearly there are problems with it but I'm happy to give the OP the benefit of the doubt.
    – Chenmunka Mod
    Feb 27 at 9:13
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    @Chenmunka there’s nothing there about non-monolithic CPUs. It’s a valid attempt to answer the linked question, not the question it’s posted under. Feb 27 at 9:19
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    Mods can move answers from one question to another, can’t they? Feb 27 at 9:19
  • @StephenKitt Only when there's only one answer on the question, and even then it's a hack.
    – wizzwizz4 Mod
    Feb 27 at 12:16
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    In that case I'd as well would delete it, as it does not really answer anything useful to the original question - in fact, its even in itself a failure, as the his own addition is simply wrong (the 32 bit was needed to handle subroutine mode switches to support linking of older 24 bit code), so all that's left is a quote only answer.
    – Raffzahn
    Mar 8 at 18:50

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