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How do I write a good answer to a question?

I made a quick glance at both small and big FAQs but no luck.
Both explains how to ask, not answer.
But are there any guidelines how to answer? What I can do and what I can't?

All right, I should be more specific.

From my experience (may be yours too), I can tell that sometimes there is a big difference between what one asks, what they want and what they need.

So, 2 more specific questions:

  1. Am I ought to provide a literal answer if I am sure that question is wrong?
  2. Same as above but if there is already a dozen of literal answers?

Is there any written rule that orders me to answer wrong question, before I can tell a better way to solve a whole problem? (I can be wrong with my guess, yes. And sometimes I am. But that's another matter. It can be treated as any other wrong answer. But what's wrong with it if it's just answer)

I am just wondering why everyone believe that only literal and direct answers are allowed?

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marked as duplicate by tvanfosson, ChrisF, Jon Seigel, John Saunders, Andreas Bonini Sep 11 '10 at 23:27

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

There's already an FAQ started -- see the link added by my close vote. – tvanfosson Sep 11 '10 at 13:35

Well, there are two aspects

  • The mechanical (formatting etc)
  • The more "what kind of answer should I give" aspect

I had a stab at answering the latter in a blog post a while ago.

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oh, I beg my pardon. a latter one. – user145842 Sep 11 '10 at 13:38