Today I found an answer from a new poster that has a syntax error in it.
As far as I can tell, I have a few routes to attempt to deal with this:
- Edit the post directly without commenting - this means the original poster of the answer doesn't get an attempt to fix the issue themselves, but does get the answer to their syntax issue given to them
- Comment on the answer in an effort to get the original poster to fix the issue - this has actually been done already on the aforementioned post but the original poster hasn't fixed the issue - there's a risk that the user will simply never fix the problem
- Downvote the post - this indicates to the poster that the answer isn't respected as a good answer, but may not indicate the issue and may come across as unhelpful or unfriendly
There are then combinations of the above 3 methods.
What are peoples feelings on the best way to approach this? Is this a completely personal question, or do we have/want some kind of site-level guidance?