We have been receiving a growing amount of "discussion" in our forum as of late. By that, I mean members, usually new members, essentially posting
Me too! And I encountered this and this additional/other problem. !@#$% about <brandname> !@#$%! I think yadda yadda, etc. etc. as answers to questions. I've seen more of these getting flagged lately, and I've noticed a few myself.
My standard response so far has been to offer something along the lines of
"Welcome to PhotoSE, so-and-so. Unlike most forums, we are not a discussion forum, but a Q&A forum. It looks like you've asked a similar question as an answer to another question. Please refrain from starting "discussions" on our forum. If you have a new question to ask, use the 'ask question' link in our header. If you need to discuss an issue real-time, use the link to our chat in the right-hand column of this site."
I also delete such answers immediately after posting my response (which is still visible to the owner of those deleted answers.) I have limited time to respond to the growing number of flags lately, so I move through them pretty quickly. I am wondering if there is a better way to handle these, and if there is a better way to make it known that we are not a discussion forum, and that discussions as answers are not constructive ways to contribute to the community. Any thoughts?