In the spirit of @anongoodnurse's earlier question about When is an answer not an answer?, I present the following to the community.
Earlier, the question My 11 year old son is weird was asked, which understandably tested the limits of "What should we advice when one disagrees with the premise of a question" and "'Don't do it' as a valid answer".
Of the three answers provided by the community, I provided the following, which was deleted for not being an answer:
Your son is not normal--and you should be extremely proud!
The Godfather, A Clockwork Orange, Nineteen Eighty-Four, etc. are important and influential works of fiction. They are deep, critical pieces that intentionally challenge us to reevaluate the world around us.
Your son's interest in these works at his age is fantastic. Your son is on a path to being a critical thinker. His idea diary and discussion of his listening indicate that he has a strong and vivid imagination. These are traits that should be cherished.
However, your son could easily fall from this path if you push him back from it. Encourage this expression; don't stifle it. One of the things your son will learn is that not everyone appreciates or accepts all his ideas all the time. Your role as a parent is to help foster his curiosity, thinking, and imagination while helping him navigate the complex social environment of the "real world".
Your son is doing well. Congratulations on having such a bright kid!
Honestly, the other answer provided by other contributors did a better job addresses 90% of my points. However, I believe that my point about helping the son "navigate the complex social environment of the 'real world'" is an important and value-added response. As expected in that context, SE users upvoted the other answers and one of those was eventually selected.
I'm more than willing to call my answer a "poor answer", and I believe it can be improved. The lack of upvotes was not surprising, given the quality of the other answers. But I strongly disagree that it's "not an answer." To put it another way, I think my answer wasn't exceptionally useful to OP, but it was definitely not useless.
So, when is a poor answer not an answer?