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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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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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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Could we have the ability to flag a question as “answers are out of date”?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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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 ...
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Should jokes posted as answers be flagged?

I flagged this answer as not an answer, but my flag was recently declined with this reason: declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer ...
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Answering etiquette

I'm wondering if there is an etiquette or rule to follow regarding answers. Say someone answers a question, then someone else answers with a near duplicate of the first answer and that one is ...
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Add “read receipts” to comments and answers

Although not that much useful, I think it is better to add "read receipts" to answers and comments (to notify the answerers/commentors about whether their answer/comment was read by the OP).
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What is the etiquette on voting for an answer which is a copy of another user's comment on the same question?

Today I asked this question and one user (I'll call them UserA for differentiation) in the comments helped me get through my issue and gave me the answer to fix my issue, but it was left as a comment. ...
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Clicking “answered” or “modified” when answers are paginated should go to the answer anyway [duplicate]

A high-traffic question (The second draft of our Code of Conduct is available for feedback and review ) showed up at the top of the questions list today with a new answer from a low-rep user. Because ...
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Why did the format of full-form URLs to answers change?

As I pointed out in this answer, the URL scheme for full-form links to answers has changed from: https://site/questions/question-id/question-title/answer-id#answer-id to: https://site/questions/...
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On which Stack Exchange do you get the quickest answers?

I was writing an answer on this now-deleted question which basically asked 'Why do I get an answer quicker when I post on Stack Overflow than on Server Fault?'. This triggered me; was this just an N=1 ...
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Linking to /?lastactivity breaks when that activity is on second or greater page [duplicate]

When viewing posts by recently active, the last action can generally be linked to directly by clicking the "answered/modified" link. For example, the "answered 5 hours ago" text circled here: ...
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Does Stack Exchange remove Ha! from my answer? [duplicate]

I just began an answer with Ha, I just ran into this myself! but it would come out as I just ran into this myself! and an edit would not help. Now I see how that beginning of an answer is not ...
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How to remove or correct blatantly incorrect answers when the poster refuses to update

I've seen "answers" which are simply factually wrong, and have commented on those "answers" to correct it, even providing the proof of the facts, but the posters are simply refusing. I've tried ...
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Does the new code of conduct still leave room for decent humor?

I've illustrated a recent answer for a more or less useless question with a little picture after the OP was asking back: const literal versus const function as rvalue? (please check the link ...
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Accepting the answer given by a certain person

I have posted a few questions on Stack Overflow. And I have accepted the answers for most of them. Stack Overflow gives us an option of sharing the link to a question that we posted with other ...
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Answering your own question, but don't accept answer

Is it bad etiquette to answer your own question, but then not accept that answer? I realize there have been numerous questions about answering one's own question, but I'm specifically wondering about ...
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When following a direct link to an answer, the sticky top bar will cover up the top of it [duplicate]

When I follow a direct link to an answer (a share link, or I click an "answered 1h ago" or "modified 1h ago" link in the active questions list), the sticky top bar will cover up the top of the answer, ...
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Why do people vote down answers that I have posted but are an answer in the comments?

I once saw a really good answer in the comments, but the question was unanswered and I (please don't say I'm a plagiariser) took that answer in the comments and made it into an answer and reworded it ...
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Voting lock mechanism for near simultaneous answers [duplicate]

I have the following scenario: A question was made and now 2 users start writing an answer before the other ever posted it. Then the first user press the post button and later the other user. But ...
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Was my answer really twice as good? (doubled “Good Answer” badge)

Yesterday I was awarded the same silver Good Answer badge twice. For the same post, about 5 minutes apart: Both links lead to the same answer post. The timestamps are just under 5 minutes apart, at ...
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Answer marked as accepted…nice getting more answers but is there any way to stop all this?

I asked for some assistance on the "The Workplace" Stack Exchange site recently. I got a great number of answers and ultimately accepted one of them. I understand we always want to have answers ...
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Can't tell which tab is active anymore

looks like someone got happy with the CSS - you can now no longer tell what tab is active, e.g. answer tabs: Even if you hover over an option - it wont show you what tab is currently selected - ...
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Can I make several answers, describing alternate approaches, in order to not make one too large?

Currently in my free time I am developing an answer for a World Building SE and I notice that it's too big. The question itself asks how to do an X thing avoiding YZ things, but I have found several ...
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Should this be an edit of the original answer, or not an answer at all?

I was curious on whether there was a better way than what I did here: How to install multiple android applications ( from apk files) into device? I found the question and answers through ecosia, and ...
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The pop-up advice that appears when you are answering, should correspond to actual community expectations

I've seen multiple cases like Find the concentration of proton after adding a acid to NaOH where a user A posts a question, user B posts what they believe is a helpful and correct answer, and user B ...
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Is it OK to put a small FAQ on a relevant Stack Exchange site?

If someone has build software or a library or something else, is it OK to add a small quantity of questions with answers on one of the relevant Stack Exchange sites in order to create a small FAQ ...
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What's the etiquette when a comment leads me to an answer? [duplicate]

I posted a question on Stack Overflow and another user's ("User Y") comment led me to a solution. I replied to User Y and asked them to submit their comment as an answer, in which case I'll happily ...
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Dealing with obviously false answers

I would like to ask what to do if you receive an answer which is: offtopic containing false information I'd like to ask for some guidance about what I did wrong. I asked a question, someone ...
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Is it wrong to edit your own old answer to reflect changes in the technology when another user's answer already does this? [duplicate]

So I have a slight ethical issue. A few years ago, I answered this question with what I believed at the time to be a good answer. I had just started out in my field (iOS Development) at the time and ...
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Why aren't old, abandoned, negatively-voted answers auto-deleted, like the questions are?

The Roomba process eliminates closed, negatively voted, etc. types of questions after weekly, monthly, yearly checks. However, I do not understand why the similar checks are not applied to answers. ...