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What if the question is answered but the poster of question reedited [duplicate]

After the poster re-edited his question. sometimes make the answers are not coincident with question. How to deal with this kind of problem. thanks.
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Someone asks a question, he gets his answer, and changes his “specs” afterwards [duplicate]

You answer to something, it's obviously correct and everyone upvotes it, yet the person asking suddenly comes up with a new-absurd "requirement" (an excuse not to pick your answer as "the one".) going ...
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How to deal with OP comments which go off-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” There have been a few times now when I've answered a question correctly, and the OP has marked my answer as correct, but ...
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Questions within questions within questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” What I don't understand are people trying to get MORE than they asked for. Sometimes I have to answer 6 questions ...
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How to handle question where asker changes conditions? [duplicate]

What do I do with a question where it becomes clear the asker didn't give enough information in the first place? Scenario: Asker asks, we answer. He won't accept any of our answers and says something ...
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Reasons to not answer follow-up questions asked in comments [duplicate]

I'm often helping new users with problems they have while getting started with a particular software. After having solved one problem, it is not unlikely that they run into another problem. The follow-...
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How to handle topic changes in comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” See here. It's a new question I think and I don't see why not to answer it. But it only came up in the discussion. Is ...
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Question edit made answer off-topic - what to do with that answer? [duplicate]

Let's say there is a question. It was ambiguous. Only for one user it wasn't and he answered. And then question got clarified. It cannot even count as drastic edit. It left answer looking off-topic, ...
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How to handle a question that is being edited to make a new question? [duplicate]

The question how to retrieve or search user from as400 using ldap connection? has been edited many times and the original poster is continuing to use the same question to ask new questions. I have ...
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What is the XY problem?

What is the XY problem? When asking questions, how do I recognize when I'm falling into it? How do I avoid it? Return to FAQ index
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Introducing a brand new, consolidated, Help Center

UPDATE: This is now live on all Stack Exchange sites. You can access it at /help or by clicking the "help" link in the top nav or footer of any page. We can all agree that Stack Exchange is a ...
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Improving “demonstrate a minimal understanding” close reason

Note: the eventual outcome of this discussion involved dropping this particular off-topic reason, along with other changes. See: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/216585/recent-changes-to-close-...
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What happened to the “You're Just Lazy” close vote reason? [closed]

...not literally, of course. But what happened to the previous menu of close-vote options? I find the current set unsatisfactory. Take this question that boils down to a typical java.lang....
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Fixing comments in 5 minutes. Intrigued? Let's discuss

I made a quick change to Area 51 recently, and it had a profound effect on how people used that site, so let's discuss. Background: The basic building blocks of every SE site are the QUESTION and ...
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Allow another close vote after retraction

tl;dr Users that have retracted a close vote should be able to vote again on that same question. I don't believe there is any danger in allowing this, provided some controls are in place (see below)...

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