I was working on this puzzle which has 10 clues leading to a single final answer:
Over a day had passed with no activity so I posted an "answer" which had guesses to 5 of the 10 clues (probably not all correct) but no guess about where the clues were leading.
Deusovi commented the following:
(... so how does this contribute toward a solution? As this stands, it's Not an Answer, not even a partial one. Having fragmentary thoughts on aspects of a puzzle might be comment-worthy, but you probably want at least a germ of an idea that seems to lead forward before you should post as even a partial answer.)
So I deleted my "not an answer". I'm not really clear on what constitutes a "partial answer" and what is considered "not an answer". I've seen many questions on this site that have multiple parts and answers that solve some of the parts but not the whole. For this puzzle, must one guess on the final answer in order for the answer to be "partial"? Should I have used comments instead (using rot13)? Or should I have not done anything until I figured out more (which may not have happened without further hints/feedback from the author)?
I have some new ideas but I'm afraid to post anything and get reprimanded again for posting a non-answer.