I reviewed that as well. I took this into account:
- It doesn't address the question (How to deflect), only gives advice on how to avoid.
- It has no Interpersonal aspect to it
- The 'other' answer was also flagged. It's review is 'completed'. It has since been edited as well.
Should we also flag the answer that was not flagged? Or ignore it? Or ignore the LQP flag? How could the 2 answers be treated equally if they are not?
Don't ignore the LQP flag. Another reason to flag LQP is that this answer is almost a duplicate of the first, written 3/4 hours later. It doesn't take that long to write so little.
These answers aren't 'equal' --> The answer in your LQP review queue was written later than the 'original'. Although both are bad, the second could be treated as a duplicate of the first, and such answers shouldn't be around anyway. In case of two answers that are very similar, the second one can be deleted without arguing whether the first one was good or not.
The answer was flagged. But, if it weren't edited, it would have fallen into the categories of answers mentioned here and here. The community decided on meta that such answers aren't welcome here.
Take a good look at both of these aforementioned meta topics. Really, do it. The general agreement there is that answers that don't answer/address the question, aren't good answers. Both also mention the argument that it may be due to the question, but in my opinion, that doesn't really count here. The OP is specifically asking to deflect questions, not avoid them, so I don't know what's unclear about that. If you want to answer and say something else, at least argue why deflecting isn't feasible.
Personally, I flagged the 'other' answer yesterday with a custom flag for moderator attention. Due to the number of upvotes it had, I wasn't confident it would get 'discarded' in the review queue:
This answer isn't really an answer to the question of 'How to deflect'. It also isn't written as a frame-challenge and the OP isn't willing to make it one (see comments). Take a look at this interpersonal.stackexchange.com/a/6177/1599, which shows a lot more effort, takes the actual question into account and offers a frame challenge. I think this should be deleted, the question has reached HNQ and other users will be seeing this answer and think it okay to write even worse/shorter ones – Tinkeringbell 16 hours ago pending
I did so based on the information I gathered from meta about what kind of answers we were expecting, and the stance of the community I found there. The discussion about answer quality had recently flared up again, and I took myself to meta to educate myself about what kind of answers are expected here on IPS. With that in the back of my mind, I saw that this answer in its original form didn't meet the expectations I saw written down on meta and agreed upon by the community.
I have since retracted the flag because the OP grudgingly edited their answer to include some rectification as to why they thought deflecting the awkward questions wasn't possible here.
If there are two answers that are 'equal' and the oldest one is a good answer, and there has been significant time (say more than 1 hour?) between the writing of the two, the second one is a low-quality answer and can be deleted.
If both answers fail to meet the expectations for a good answer that the community has written down on meta, both should be downvoted, a comment should be left for the OP explaining what is expected of a good answer, and both should be flagged as well. Just as we put questions on-hold to allow an OP to edit them, so can we delete answers that don't meet our expectations and give the OP a chance to edit them before we undelete them.