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When reviewing late answers, one can see this tip:

This is a late answer to an old question provided by a new user. Watch for hidden gems, non-answers, and spam.

I have doubts on what the hidden gems part means. What exactly should one be looking for? A few examples (the most recurring or offending ones at least) might clear up the concept.

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Whenever in doubt regarding a word or a term in Stack Overflow, refer to the Stack Exchange Glossary - Dictionary of Commonly-Used Terms :) –  Shadow Wizard Oct 21 '12 at 11:25

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I believe that a "hidden gem" in this case refers to an answer that's surprisingly outstanding in quality, especially coming from a new user.

Such answers are rare to come by, plus you don't often find these when sifting through a series of usually low-quality answers or "thanks", "me too!" non-answers (which are the norm when it comes to late answers by new users).

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I actually read it as sarcasm... Especially since its in a list of generally unwelcome content... More along the lines of the urban dictionary's definition... –  Lix Oct 21 '12 at 10:48
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Oh OK, I thought a hidden gem was a negative thing, like some weird looking link or something. Thanks for clearing that up. –  Betoverse Oct 21 '12 at 10:48
    
Nice, I stole your wording to update the glossary. Hope you don't mind? ;) –  Shadow Wizard Oct 21 '12 at 11:26
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@ShaWizDowArd: No problem. Just FYI, the term wasn't coined by Stack Exchange - it's a common idiom in English. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 21 '12 at 11:35
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Not so common, couldn't find any reliable source; on the contrary - urban dictionary gave not-so-pleasant meaning to this term. :D –  Shadow Wizard Oct 21 '12 at 11:47
    
Googling for hidden gems list places where the only meaning could be positive I thnk urban dictionary is wrong here –  Mark Oct 21 '12 at 11:51

I've cooked up a data explorer query that finds not-so-hidden gems: answers that new users made within a week of registering, to questions that were at least six-months old at the time, that have accumulated more than a net of 25 votes.

The top one is the only post by that user, and now has over 600 up-votes. It's a bit short, so maybe the query could be enhanced to limit only to answers that are 'worth a read'.

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Nice, but this won't help finding any new gems. :) –  Shadow Wizard Oct 21 '12 at 11:51

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