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What if my question has no answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Should I ask a question I know the answer to? Is “Don't do it” a valid answer? I had asked a question on SO sometime back - Is there a Eclipse plugin for ...
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How to handle questions where “don't do that” is the answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “Don't do it” a valid answer? I'm writing in regards to this question on Stack Overflow: Wordpress stop bookmarking OP is asking how to redirect his ...
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Why don't people RTFQ? [duplicate]

Why do they all answer their own private wannabe version of the question? How do we fix it? Q: How do I make A work with B? A: Why don't you use C instead of B? Comment: Why don't you try ...
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4answers
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What if my problem does not have a solution [duplicate]

I asked a question and got some answers. Some of them describes why my problem does not have a real solution. Do I need to select one of them as the accepted answer? I'll sharpen the question: Does ...
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2answers
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Answering a Question Vs. Solving a Problem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “Don’t do it” a valid answer? As long I'm airing my grievances, I thought I'd throw out another point that drives me crazy. This actually is something I'...
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What to do when an “answer” does not really answer anything? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “Don't do it” a valid answer? More specifically, what should be done when an "answer" simply says "you're doing it wrong". All questions have answers, but ...
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2answers
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Answer question as asked or answer with recommend redesign [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “Don't do it” a valid answer? If the underlying implementation within a question may deserve redesign (depending on OP's intent), should the answer address ...
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3answers
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Is 'don't do this' a valid answer to a question looking for input on how to do something? [duplicate]

Submit and Reset button, what's the best order? asked on UX has as the highest-upvoted answer, something that does not address the question at all: instead it just points out that this is ...
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On answering the actual question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “Don’t do it” a valid answer? You come across this all the time. OP: How do I do x Answer: You shouldn't be doing x Managing Foreign Keys This example ...
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2answers
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Is it ok to reply or comment “don't do that”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Closing as impossible Is “Don't do it” a valid answer? Is it considered ok to reply to someone asking "How do I do this" with "Don't do it"? Or for example ...
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1answer
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What is the appropriate way to handle questions highlighting an ineffective approach? [duplicate]

What should be the appropriate reaction when someone ask for help, but the question shows major flaws in the code or design? I have the feeling that just "answering" is like helping them to go further ...
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3answers
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May I improve the logic which is out of scope of the question? [duplicate]

Suppose a user posts a programming question in SO with 20 lines of code. Sometimes, I can give a solution to what was asked with a single line change, but I know that the overall approach is not ...
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1answer
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How do I shoot myself in the foot? [duplicate]

Such questions are inevitable. Technology makes guns, and questions on how to use them follow. How do I shoot [targets] [birds] [other people] [my own foot]? It's no surprise that we all see "how do ...
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1answer
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How do I format and word my questions to avoid the “You shouldn't be doing X, do Y” answers? [duplicate]

This is a problem I've experienced, and i've seen it talked about outside of Stack Exchange as a criticism of it. The basic problem is me, or someone else asking the question How do I do X? I have ...
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1answer
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Is it OK for us to give advice but not actually answer the users question? ex: (how can I do X? answer: don't do it) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “Don’t do it” a valid answer? Often times I see a user asking how to do something that is not a good idea, for example: how do I make radio buttons looks ...
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0answers
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The XY problem and multiple answers [duplicate]

When dealing with the XY problem, sometimes the original question is of some interest - for instance, it might indicate some conceptual mistake by the OP that should be corrected, even it is unrelated ...
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What is the correct answer to the “wrong” question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “Don't do it” a valid answer? The thing is, sometimes op does something in utterly wrong way and is experiencing a trouble(s) on this way. Take, for example,...
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Dealing with questions of nefarious intent

How should we treat questions that are, or have seeds of, evil or malicious purposes and actions, such as writing spambots and malware? Should they be answered like regular "everybody keeps their ...
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9answers
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The “I Get It” Reputation Problem

I wrote a question about blocking certain characters in passwords. It became tremendously unpopular, and it seemed like everyone wanted to rain on my parade every day. Eventually, I "got it," agreed ...
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1answer
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What is an acceptable answer?

I answered a question and my answer was: (pick one) Deleted Converted to a comment Added to my question as an edit Why was this? Why was my answer not acceptable? What is the definition of an ...
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9answers
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Is “consult your lawyer” a valid answer to legal questions?

Most of questions vaguely relating to law, such as questions concerning licenses or working conditions get at least one answer which is "consult your local lawyer". Even if the question can be fairly ...
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3answers
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Does Stack Exchange allow for answers which question the validity or stance of the original question?

One thing I keep running into on this site is that some questions are merely asked so that a persons opinion can be validated. I don't ever say I'm right and you're wrong when I reply to a question, ...
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3answers
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Answering beyond the question's scope

Is answering beyond the scope of the question a valid thing? Or should we just stick to the question asked and ignore any potential bugs which might be present (of course OP is unaware of that, as of ...
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5answers
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Common wrong questions on SO

I'm relatively new to SO, but I've noticed a trend - certain categories of questions to which the answer is "change the question." soulmerge posted the quintessential reply to one of these questions ...
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On frustration provoked by questions where the answer is “that's not possible”

I recently had my first really bad experience on Stack Overflow. It started right after I filed a question on Passing a table expression to a table-parameterized function (regarding SQL ...
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3answers
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How do I get this person to not take things personal when trying to explain how SO works?

Apologies for the long read, but I'm a bit puzzled at a certain user's understanding. A newcomer to Stack Overflow asked a question a few days ago. This user appears to be re-inventing the wheel - he'...
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8answers
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“Get another job” answers and comments?

I'm not sure about other tags, but on [Perl] tag there's a fairly frequent pattern of someone asking "How do I do X given that my work imposes a technical limitation Y", and the answer - or more often ...
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2answers
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Is it appropriate to down-vote posts containing SQL injection vulnerabilities?

Should question, or answers for that matter, with SQL Injection or other security issues be down voted? I lean towards down voting them, so if in the future someone finds the question, the number ...
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Stricter rules on irrelevant answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do people question every question? I see so often now on stackoverflow that users tend to answer with their opinions instead of straight answers. Shouldn't there be more ...
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3answers
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Review audit seems wrong

I recently got this question on a review audit. Although I agree with what is being said in the Answer, I don't think it is an Answer. Shouldn't it be a comment instead? I obviously failed, as I ...

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