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Questions tagged [answers]

This tag is for questions about answers: how to answer, whether specific answers are appropriate, and so forth.

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Is copy-pasting your own answer between Stack Exchange sites appropriate?

I recently posted a question and self-answer on Stack Overflow. Because (in my opinion), it's the best contribution I have made to the site thus far, I would like to post it on other topic-appropriate ...
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Can mods see answer drafts from other users? [duplicate]

Yesterday I posted this answer, about 5 minutes after I clicked on the "Post Your Answer" button I got some comments from a mod. In one of them he said I had edited my answer in the first 5 minutes ...
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Are old, link-only answers not-an-answer?

Yesterday I stumbled upon this answer due to the question being bumped. It is, by the official definition, considered not an answer: If you strip the markup (link), you are left with NO useful ...
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What is the correct way to handle “answer plagiarism”? [duplicate]

Example: User A gives a not-great but working answer User A gets upvotes User A gets accepted answer User B gives the quantifiably best possible answer User B gets more upvotes User A edits answer to ...
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Add a button to scroll me to my answer if I navigate to a question that I have already answered

If I open a question that I have already answered, I think it is better to show some icon or link telling me something like, "You have posted an answer to this question." This will scroll me directly ...
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How to ask for further clarification when I can’t comment [duplicate]

How to ask further clarification, or to point out that the answer shown, even if once correct, is not correct anymore? I can’t comment as I don’t have 50 reputation.
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What should I do if my question doesn't get replies? [duplicate]

I posted a question, it didn't get any replies, and it moved to the second page. So, if my question goes unanswered, what should I do?
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Do we have liberty or limitation to answer in Stack Overflow? [closed]

Today I got into a situation while answering a question on Stack Overflow and choose to answer with all the etiquette I know. Simultaneously I got a comment on my answer saying "it's the same answer", ...
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Can we flesh out /help/someone-answers a bit more?

I recently encountered a case where someone - a new user who didn't know any better - serially upvoted the answers of a user who'd answered their question. After they mentioned this in chat, they were ...
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Answer Box Not Showing [duplicate]

Why is it that whenever I decide to answer some question on Stack, some of the questions do not pop answer box for me to contribute in the solution? Do I need reputations even to answer a question!!
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Partial answer deleted as not an answer re: Medieval law and a tabletop role-playing game [migrated]

In the following question: Does Common Law apply to Nobles? The OP asks about applying a certain section of medieval law to the Warhammer Fantasy setting. I understood this to be a question about ...
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Special acknowledgement and collection of extraordinary answers

I have just read an answer on Earth Science which left me with the feeling that we all have had on occasion: I wish I could upvote this more than once. It would be nice if there was a mechanism to ...
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Someone answered my question and then deleted it, but I need his/her answer

I asked a question here, a while ago. Someone answered my question and actually his/her answer was helpful and I was studying it, but then she/he deleted the answer! How can I figure out who answered? ...
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Top of answer covered by sticky top bar after clicking direct link… if it's a short answer just near enough to the bottom of the page

I thought this was resolved after my other question was status-completed, but I just saw it again. This is the first time that I've seen it since then, so it only happens in very specific ...
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How to choose between several incomplete answers?

If I asked a question (namely this one), and the solution I end up using is a combination of some of the answers, and another answer explains why it is correct, How to choose the answer to accept? ...
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2018: a year in asking and answering

After 2018: a year in closing and 2018: a year in spam it seems natural to look at the questions and answers. What trends do we find there?
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Question protection should block low-rep users with existing answers on the thread

On Physics SE, I just came across a surprising case which looked like a user with 1 rep posting an answer a year after the question was protected. Upon some investigation, I found that they'd posted ...
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What about the possibility of answering and closing a question just afterward?

I have just seen someone who answered a question, closed it just afterward and got +10/+15 of rep (at the moment). What is the problem? No problem with the fact of being in the position of judge ...
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Second question at top

Is there any way we can do or add the feature where we can choose what order our second (or more) answers appear in? I recently posted a second answer to a question but was annoyed when it drifted to ...
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The answer box should not be at the bottom

The answer box is at the bottom of all answers. If someone has to answer a question he/she has to browse through all the previously written answers. If someone is interested to see others' answers ...
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Highly upvoted but has 1 rep? [duplicate]

I searched for an answer using the title of this question on Meta.Workplace and on Meta.SE but nothing came up. This answer has been upvoted a lot. But the person that wrote the initial answer only ...
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Question asked by same person (and answered) on different site - how should it be answered

At this question (and a number of others with similar tags), a SE question has been answered elsewhere on a domain-specific non-SE Q&A site. Indeed, the same user acknowledges posting both places ...
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What about increasing negative reputation of down-votes?

I know that with down-voting an answer the OP will take -2 reputation per down-vote. I see some answers with some up-votes and some down-votes for example consider these voting: up-votes | down-votes ...
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Why not display a users adjusted reputation depending on the domain in which they are answering or asking?

Let's assume that on Stack Overflow I have been asking and answering questions strictly in c programming and I acquire 200k reputation simply because I breath c programming and nothing else. If I ...
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How do I “answer” a feature request?

I regularly see feature requests on Meta, sometimes with heavily upvoted answers. A feature request is not really a question with an answer since the poster is asking for a feature to be added to the ...
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Stop users from deleting brand new questions [duplicate]

TL;DR It's frustrating when a problem being worked on evaporates before I can hit the submit button. It is very frustrating for me to find a question that I feel I can give a good answer to, only to ...
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Wrong # of answers on network profile

My network profile claims that I have only one answer on Stack Overflow en español: but I actually have two, both from September this year so it's hard to blame caching. There are more people ...
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Is it ok to answer a contest post with a list of links to others' content?

I am not sure if my potential post passes muster. I have a fun answer to Time for some more swag! I would like to post the Top 10 Songs of All Time list. This is a top 10 list, so the songs ...
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Profile setting to sort answers only by votes

There is any option in the user profile that allows indicate to the system that, when a question is opened (click on question link), it must present the answers ordered only by votes (regardless of ...
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Will I get a notification after my post ban will be removed?

I am currently banned from giving answers on Stack Overflow, and I want to know if there will be some kind of notification after the ban will get removed?
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Add a 5-10 minute delay before being able to answer a question

As seen here, Stack Exchange has a problem where people are answering as quick as possible and putting minimal effort into their answers. To address this problem, I propose that there should be a 5-10 ...
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Should I paraphrase the cross-site duplicate when posting it as an answer?

This Stack Overflow question had an answer on Software Engineering. After reading this answer here, I went ahead and posted an answer, since I feel like that question is on topic on both sites. In ...
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Could we have the ability to flag a question as “answers are out of date”? [duplicate]

I've often come across very popular questions (usually on Stack Overflow) whose answers date back as far as 2008, even though the question is still relevant today as 2019 approaches. It has ...
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Is it OK to edit someone's wrong answer [closed]

This question had already took place here: Editing someone else's wrong answer to make it right But there's no clear answer My question is: Is it OK to edit someone's wrong answer to make it ...
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How to give a chance to my cheesy riddle?

I submitted a poor answer on the competition Who Cut the Cheese? Then, I put a lot of effort into making an online cheesy riddle, but I couldn't create a new post, so I edited the bad, negative-scored ...
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How to show gratitude to all the people who posted great answers to my question? [duplicate]

I have posted a question about the Romans in London (UK) and I liked all the comments and specially both answers that were given to my question. Both answers were very good, I just chose the one I ...
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When a tag is added to an old question, the question is updated? [duplicate]

I want to add new tags to some old questions. Will the question will show up in Top Questions active as it has an updated answer?
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Anchor links for sharing specific answers [duplicate]

I want to be able to share answers using anchor links, such that when the link is visited, the page scrolls to the particular answer instead of showing the top of the page. A good example is seen ...
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Allow moderators or other trusted users to pin accepted answer by asker

Currently, by design, if you accept your own answer it does not get pinned above the question. This practice is actually detrimental to lower throughout Stack Exchange network sites. As such, ...
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Why don't you get reputation for answers on your question?

Since one posted a problem that other people can benefit from, one should receive reputation points for every answer, even if the answer doesn't solve your problem. Sometimes the 'marked as correct' ...
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Stack Exchange™ Piled Spaces™ made super-short answers possible

We all know that comments can't be shorter than 15 chars, and "inflating" comments with spaces isn't possible. For example, your web page may allow you to submit this comment, but the server rejects ...
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Partial bounty refund for good question with no answers

I understand that there has been a post in the past: Offer bounty refund on "good" question with no answers That has addressed this exactly but as a feature request, perhaps this is a new ...
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Hide 'convert to comment' from the mod menu on deleted answers

♦ moderators can convert answers to comments. Converting a deleted answer to a comment is not possible; you'll get a message answer deleted; can't be converted to comment This makes sense; ...
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What do I get from answering questions? [duplicate]

I have started answering on Stack Overflow two months ago, and I'm giving up a lot of my free time. What benefit I will get on a personal and professional level by answering on Stack Overflow? Does ...
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Editing a question in base of an answer [duplicate]

Suppose someone ask a question, then in base of the answer I gave, he/she change the question to something else. Now the my answer is meaningless looking like a copy of a part of the question. What am ...
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Return reputation from answers & get a permalink of the results in the Stack Exchange Data Explorer

How do I get a link to send to someone, so even non-logged in users can see the results directly: ...without needing to click "Run Query" or anything? Is there any way to get reputation from only ...
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Should I post “milestones” to questions I'm working on?

I sometimes spend a long time working on answers to questions (eg, weeks or months). Sometimes I reach a "milestone" when answering that still isn't a complete answer, but may have the following ...
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Could we revisit the stance on fluff greetings and our no-nonsense approach?

We are currently working on our "new users experience". As a part of that, we have stated that we want to be more welcoming to new users and try to guide them during their first steps on the site. ...
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How to answer an XY question?

We have guidance on how to avoid asking an XY question. What is the recommended way to answer an XY question?
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Deleting question causes loss of answerers' reputation [duplicate]

I was quite baffled by what happened yesterday. On Worldbuilding Stack Exchange there was a line of questions, revolving around alchemists and spoons. Given that it was quite fun, these became quite ...