Under the review tab, there's a category "Late Answers" for review. I can't locate a definition of a late answer in the FAQ or anywhere else.

So, Q: What's a "late answer"?


A late answer is an answer which was posted a long time after the latest activity on the question. (Not sure the exact threshold. Seems to be somewhere in the 6 month range)

These are pulled out for special review because they often wind up turning out to have been people arriving from search engines who've posted a "Thanks" or "This was useful" message as an answer, or follow-up/related questions which should have been asked as separate questions, or similar problems related to people assuming that StackExchange works like forum software, rather than as a Q&A site.

In general, you can review them exactly as you review any other answer. Check that they're actually a real answer to the question, and that they wouldn't have been more appropriate as a comment. If all looks fine, then everything's fine. :)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks Trevor. Seems like this explanation should be written somewhere on the site, no? \$\endgroup\$ – Cameron Fredman Feb 17 '13 at 2:21

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