There's a question that was asked recently that has a few issues:
- It's actually two questions in one (this was addressed in a comment).
- Both questions have been answered before (as duplicates).
- There is an answer that addresses the duplication which I feel should be a comment instead of an answer.
Normally here is how I'd proceed:
- If there's a question in need of splitting into two questions, I'd leave a comment and flag it for moderator review.
- If a question has been answered, I'd flag it as a duplicate.
- If there's an answer that should be a comment, I'd flag it appropriately.
For this question, multiple actions are needed. If I flagged it as a duplicate, I have two options (as indicated by the answer I linked earlier). If I flagged it in need of splitting, the result would be the generation of a question that needed to be closed immediately. If I flagged it as both, I feel like I'd just annoy a moderator.
I felt like the answer I linked wrapped up the duplication pretty well, but it was posted as an answer and it gave a little additional information. Personally, I don't feel as if it were enough to warrant answer status (especially since it's subject to discussion/disagreement), so I was tempted to flag it as well. Again, though, this would have spawned another report on the same question that I feel like would just have complicated things for the moderation staff.
In the end, I basically settled on just flagging the question as needing moderator attention and listed the reasons. Was this the proper/accepted way of addressing this issue? Should I have addressed each issue in a separate flag since each one is a fairly typical flag reason for which we have pre-defined flag options?