This is an answer posted by a new user for a 5-month old question:

Find the missing number in the series: 253, 495, 143,?

I see multiple issues with it:

  • It's not formatted properly
  • Almost an exact duplicate of the answer above it, but probably not copied, just answered innocently by the new user
  • Repeats info already in the question

I'm kind of confused how we can handle this. Should I custom flag it as a duplicate, or request to delete altogether?

  • I don't think the answer is VLQ as it could be improved through editing.
  • I would also like to encourage the user to check existing answers before posting, and upvote instead of posting a duplicate answer.
  • $\begingroup$ Also, about the question, I think we should ask the asker to move their reasoning to a separate answer and let the question only have the puzzle part. $\endgroup$ – cst1992 May 7 '16 at 6:49
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think that formatting should be an issue here. New users are unaware of the formatting used here and that's why there is a privilege given to us so that we can edit a post. $\endgroup$ – manshu May 7 '16 at 7:30
  • $\begingroup$ @manshu That's what I think as well. $\endgroup$ – cst1992 May 7 '16 at 7:35

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