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Are code-only answers a good thing? [duplicate]

I just stumbled across this question. While the question itself is not perfect, both the answers to date have just been blocks of code. When I reply to a question, I usually (admittedly, not always) ...
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Force / Encourage Answers with explanation [duplicate]

Lately i have seen many answers to "trivial" questions being just a block of code, which is, I must admit, most of the times very self-explanatory and obvious, but only to people with a bit more ...
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Answering with just code [duplicate]

Is it bad practice to answer with just code and no explanation? I had someone complain about this once but everyone seems to do it.
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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I feel like there's a problem with Stack Overflow, as the number of people prowling it increases. Each question's answers are sorted by descending score and then by descending time of posting. This ...
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What is FGITW and SCITE?

I only read Meta every so often but I've seen lots of talk about SCITE and FGITW. I have no idea what these are! Can someone please define and explain these abbreviations?
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Down Vote “code only” answers?

I have read this: Why do you cast downvotes on answers? and tried searching for a specific view on this scenario but cannot find. If there is a question covering this already I apologize. Q: Would ...
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Explaining entirely code-based answers [closed]

I see a lot of answers where a user just provides the code that accomplishes what the asker wanted. I don't think this is really the purpose of Stack Overflow, because people come here to become ...
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Delete informative code-only answers? Not!

Since we emptied the giant LQ backlog, I've been given the TSA screener treatment a few times. Which is to say, I've been presented with an answer, asked to react to it, and then told that: it was a ...
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Are we an answer factory? [duplicate]

Are we an answer factory, or are we here to educate? I've been reading Stack Exchanges far longer than I have been participating in them, but I have noticed a trend of people answering questions ...
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How to improve low quality answers consisting of only a code block? [closed]

During review, many times (20%-30%) I see answers that are only a code-block. Some examples are SQL queries, CSS queries, any prog. language coding issues. The answer is only a code block. Stack ...
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Why is this “here are requirements, give me something” question allowed to remain open on SO?

I'm referring to Check if a spelled number is in a range in C++. It was featured in the most recent StackOverflow newsletter. It is admittedly an interesting question with a very cool and elegant top-...
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Why am I punished for someone else's poor answer [duplicate]

Apologies if this has been asked / answered before (let me know and i'll delete this). But i've searched a bit and haven't seen anything about it other than a few comments on different posts. Why do ...