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I've seen a lot of code-only answers in the Low-Quality review queue. What should our response to these answers be? Although they have all been flagged as low-quality, I've been posting a comment welcoming new users and asking them to explain how their answer works, then clicking "Looks Good" (because I don't think they should be deleted).

Wouldn't it be nicer to add an explanatory comment asking for an explanation rather than flag or downvote?

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Many of the low-quality flags are auto-generated by Community. I wouldn't take them too seriously.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That makes much more sense. I was wondering who would flag all these answers instead of commenting. However, I wonder why it feels as if I'm the only one doing these comments. \$\endgroup\$ – Justin Feb 25 '14 at 6:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Quincunx the queue is usually quite empty here. Also I think commenting + looks good is fine. \$\endgroup\$ – SztupY Feb 25 '14 at 14:17
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I think code-only answers are, in general, legitimate.

In some cases, if you understand the language you don't need explanations.
In other cases, there's no real way to appreciate an answer without them.

But I wouldn't say we need to ban them or something.

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I agree with Chris Jester-Young. I do not take those auto-generated flags too seriously. And I add this: If possible (normally it is), edit the answer to improve its formatting. If the answer is salvageable, go on and save it (ditto for questions). I am doing this for sometime, the result was that I got the first Strunk & White badge of the site.

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