The question How would the Libertarian non-coercion policy apply to a business being required to bake a cake for a gay wedding? currently has several 'answers' that don't actually answer the question that was asked. These range from giving the author's opinion on how this issue should be addressed (rather than how libertarian non-coercion policy would address it,) to how different countries' legal systems would address it, to a completely off-topic rant against libertarianism in general that didn't contain anything remotely resembling an answer to the question.
Not having enough rep to cast deletion votes, I flagged the latter 'answer' (the one that was just a rant) as
not an answer. My flag was then declined with the explanation
"flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer." While I completely agree that flags shouldn't be used for those reasons, that wasn't the case here. The flag reason for
not an answer is:
"This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether."
which seems applicable to the answer in question, since it consists solely of an off-topic rant rather than an attempt to answer the question that was asked. At present, 3 different people have commented on the answer (the last of those being the person who asked the question) stating that it doesn't answer the question and it has a score of -5.
At Aviation SE, we normally just delete non-answers like this that don't actually attempt to answer the question, with higher-rep users voting to delete and lower-rep users flagging as
not an answer. This helps to keep the answer section clean with only answers that at least attempt to address the question, rather than having 3-4 answers that address the question then 4 more that don't. Is that different here at Politics? If so, how/when should the
not an answer flag be used here?
Specifically, What, if anything, should users without enough rep to cast a vote for deletion do about non-answers here at Politics SE?
Side note: Someone really should probably clean up the non-answers to the linked question and perhaps also protect it. It's a good/interesting question, but, given the sensitive nature of the topic, it has attracted several non-answers.