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I'm starting to be fed up with those kind of answers.
Every time someone asks a question, such as "Print a christmas tree", one of the top 3 answers is something along the line of Print("a christmas tree");
cf https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/a/4348/8806
It's true that those questions are often not the most exciting but is there a way to limit those uninteresting answers? Or do we accept them all?
One of the answers I'll probably have would be "they usually don't win" (damn J), but even if it loses, it still takes space in place of actual interesting answers.

Have a good day!

EDIT: To add some context, should we downvote answers like this? As a asker of 1 pretty big question, I'd like to downvote this one, as it uses nothing special, and still gave more rep to the poster than other ones who actually thought about it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I share the same view. These answers are for code-trolling questions. \$\endgroup\$ – ComFreek Jan 30 '14 at 20:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ On the other hand, there are some highly voted ones, such as this one. \$\endgroup\$ – Isiah Meadows Feb 8 '14 at 1:38
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I would actually want to nuke those kinds of smartarse answers. I dislike them as much as you do.

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Egads!

The first one of those (on the first [code-golf] on stack overflow) was funny. Since then they only serve to point out poorly stated problems.

As that is their real function I propose to not nuke them as such, but instead convert them to comment where they serve that (important) function but do not

  • generate rep for the poster
  • encourage more such answers

Or maybe convert the earliest one and nuke any follow-ons.

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To answer the follow-up:

The way to discourage non-answers is twofold. Firstly, yes, downvote them. Secondly, if they're unoriginal and clearly not good-faith attempts to answer the question, there's a flag option for "Not an answer". That brings them to the attention of the moderators for nuking or conversion to a comment.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Flagging as "very low quality" may be even more appropriate, as it will add the answer to the low quality review queue, where it can be deleted even without mod intervention. Mind you, that option is only available if the answer has a negative score, so it's best to downvote first and then flag. Remember that you'll even get your -1 rep from the downvote back once the answer is deleted. \$\endgroup\$ – Ilmari Karonen Jan 31 '14 at 18:39

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