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Is flagging good for answers that don't add any value? [duplicate]

I often see late answer to some post which already has decent number of votes which has accepted answer, and these new answers (mostly by new users) don't any any value and just eat the screen-space + ...
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37answers
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How do we encourage edits to obsolete/out of date answers?

As the network ages and we have answers that are 7+ years old, we run into situations where changes in technology, etc. result in a once great answer becoming out-of-date, obsolete, or somewhat ...
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7answers
3k views

Can we exempt downvoted accepted answers from getting the top spot?

Similar to this request but narrower, I'm suggesting we make a particular exception for downvoted accepted answers (those with score less than zero, or some other threshold like -3), so that they stay ...
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4answers
2k views

Lots of not-always-useful but well-intentioned answers

In episode 42 of the Stack Exchange podcast Joel Spolsky mentioned something along the lines that some sites (for example, Travel Answers) suffer a little from questions that don't always get ...
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6answers
414 views

Should authors be encouraged to maintain their answers?

The general message I've received is that a question and its answer should be applicable to a wide audience, and not be "too localised" and so limited to small, specific audience. At the same time, as ...
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4answers
352 views

We should always be able to include explanation with moderator flags, even if they're not a custom situation

I would like to have the ability to tell flag reviewers a little something in addition to the flag type. I know that different flag categories get treated differently, with VLQ going into the low ...
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4answers
394 views

How can we utilize the “Greatest hits” list for our sites?

We have been trying to figure out ways to utilize anon feedback. One idea was to use the information to find questions that are disproportionately popular with the anon and low rep users (aka. The ...
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3answers
165 views

Should I downvote an answer (no added value) posted on an already well answered questions?

I have noticed that users answer questions that are very old (example, 10 years old) with an answer that is basically the same thing as the accepted answer. There are users from 2018 answering these ...
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2answers
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Moderator Deletion of Equivalent Answers?

Two days ago, Mark Byers and I gave essentially equivalent answers to Replacing particular elements in a list. Today, a moderator deleted Mark's answer. Now, if there was something technical wrong ...
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4answers
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When should one edit someone else's answer vs. Adding your own? [duplicate]

Pretty straightforward question. When should one edit someone else's answer vs. Adding your own? Editing as in adding additional information to the answer, not correct something you think is wrong, ...
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3answers
154 views

How to discourage 'mean' punishment of answers? [duplicate]

In most fora, there seems to be a reasonably kind and tolerant atmosphere, but I have seen several times on Stack Overflow, that people appear to almost 'gang up' to punish answers, for reasons that ...
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1answer
145 views

When should I vote to delete answers that I wouldn't flag?

When should I delete an answer? has an early exploration of a rationale for when answers should be deleted by 20k voting. Unfortunately, time marches on and the reasons explored in the sole answer ...
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2answers
121 views

Should we augment or improve answers using edits?

As far as I can tell, we have no consistent stance or policy on this one. Per our proposed/staged review guidelines: Edits that change an answer's explanation or code, with a supposedly "better" ...
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3answers
92 views

What should I do with a question that is attracting opinions, but isn't asking for opinions / is asking for factual information?

Let's say that a question is asked on a site. Several users have posted factual answers, citing specific sources. The nature of the question is well-defined, but the fact is that within the domain, ...
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1answer
70 views

Flagged post declined by Moderator

I recently flagged this post for being very low quality and just noticed it was declined. Could someone kindly shed some light as to why this would be? I mean, I thought it was pretty obvious that is ...

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