I have been wondering this for a while now. It seems that opinions vary on this subject. Many people claim that if an answer is factually correct, then there really is no reason to down vote it. One thing that has always bugged me is if I take the time to ask a well thought out question, and within 5 or 10 minutes someone answers the question by really just restating things I already clearly demonstrated that I knew in my question, and then they throw in some snippets from documentation.
This really tends to annoy me as it seems as though its just a ploy to get the 1st answer and try to get some up votes. while I agree an answer like this has nothing factually wrong, I am inclined to give this a down vote, as it really doesn't make an attempt to answer the question, and is just restating facts.
What are peoples thoughts on how to handle answers that
1) restate the issues of the question
2) Directly quote documentation when the question was clearly more in depth and the person who asked the question likely already had this knowledge.
Just looking for some best practices here. As I said, I lean towards a down vote, if nothing else to push the person to edit the answer and actually put more time and thought into it, but wanted to ask the community if that's too harsh?