More and more I'm hearing "the problem is bad answers, not questions". I disagree that the questions are not partly at fault, but I'd love to see more answer moderation.
The problem is the community can't close answers for review. Moderators have special tools for answers; we can delete them or add most notices for things like  or [more explanation needed], but it's not practical for mods to read all incoming answers and vet them like this.
If we had a formal policy where certain classes of answers were considered "bad" and there was a certain amount of community involvement, deleting bad answers could be a possibility, but I'm not sure how to make it work.
I'm thinking something like this:
- Comments + downvotes on an answer when it's bad indicate a post really needs improvement.
- Window for improvement
- If nothing's done, a moderator can be flagged to delete the post. Seeing a multi upvoted comment "This answer should be deleted because X", a moderator can actually feel confident in deleting the answer. Or we can just apply a post notice.
- The owner of the deleted answer can edit their deleted post (yes you can do that) and flag it for attention when/if they fix it or just post another, hopefully better, answer.
Is some sort of answer deleting/notice adding policy something we want as a community? Does anyone have any rough ideas for how it could work? This really needs to be something the community can do 100% until a moderator is flagged, and there needs to be some clear signal for moderators to know, for certain, this answer should or should not be deleted because of policy X.
If you have suggestions for such a policy please post an answer outlining some ideas. It doesn't have to be perfect, I just want to get the discussion started.