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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 it ok to down-vote a good answer if the question is “bad”? [duplicate]

This happened in Stackoverflow, but I believe it applies to any of the sites here. Just saw a typo error question there (link), which correctly got down-voted, but it also got a valid answer, that ...
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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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Add worksforme, doesntworkforme buttons in order to judge if answers might have become wrong over time

Especially on stackoverflow but also on other platforms, I have often found answers that probably were good at the time of writing (let's say 2015) but plainly don't work anymore that way, or are ...
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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. ...
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Accepting Correct Answers, Upvoting and Voting statistics

I saw lots of 0 point accepted answers on Stack Overflow and it makes me discomfortable, because if someone accepts the answer, they should and must upvote the correct answer. Or maybe, any correct ...
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Is it acceptable to take the self-answer from an edit to the question and post it?

I just came across this question. As soon as OP found the solution, they edited their question and added the answer instead of posting properly posting a new answer. Another user removed the answer ...
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What to do with a question that is answered in a chat room

On Stack Overflow I came to a solution through a chat room what is linked in the comments. Related question: Unable to resolve module some-name from Path/To/Project/script.js I read: What to do with ...
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Is there a new “Read-More-auto-insert” feature active on the sites?

I started writing a new answer just now on Chem.SE, and all of a sudden I realized some text had appeared that I (am pretty sure I) hadn't typed: Is this some sort of new automagic thingummy? Is ...
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Formatting bar right aligned before anonymously answering

If you're not logged in, you see this at the bottom of every question: Those icons should be left aligned. In addition to this I noticed that there is more alignment weirdness happening once you ...
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Why is a decent response to a poorly asked question getting downvotes? [closed]

The question has been answered with a clear and valid answer (in my opinion), but so far the answer has a -3 rating. The question was obviously poorly asked (it is non-generic, contains unnecessary ...
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What if you get an answer to an old unanswered question, and you cannot anymore “judge” if it's “acceptable”?

I've asked a question "ages" ago (in April 2011). It now received an answer for the first time. Unfortunately, I cannot judge anymore if the answer is any good, since I haven't used that language/API ...
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Requesting the ability to star an answer, and just not the question [duplicate]

This is especially true for the IT-based stack exchanges, where the questions are all pertinent to an issue the searcher has. However, many times these popular questions have pages of answers, and the ...
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Under what conditions is the answer box replaced with an “Answer this question” button? [duplicate]

Today, I stumbled upon a question on Workplace Stack Exchange to flag a spam post. I noticed that the 'new answer editor' which usually appears at the bottom of the page was replaced by an 'Answer ...
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How to encourage users to say WHY their solution works?

Regularly on Stack-overflow I come across some really great solutions but although the solution works fine the author does not say WHY it works. A great example of this is here The top voted answer ...
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Why are my answers showing lower than usual?

Recently, my answers are showing at the bottom of the page, even though I got good scores on those answers. Android Fragments and animation ProgressDialog is deprecated.What is the alternate one to ...
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Is it allowed to answer multiple questions from the same user?

If I monitor a specific tag and that tag does not have a lot of people that ask questions, is it a problem if I answer the same people more than once? I mean, if a user asked 5 questions in 5 days ...
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Will I get a new populist badge for a new answer if the answer I got for the first one became accepted?

Let's assume this scenario: I get the populist badge for a specific answer (as it outscores the accepted answer by the required margin) The asker later changes the accepted mark to my answer, so it ...
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Put correct answer in the question or edit the accepted answer? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a problem (this is quite common) and ask on one of the Stack sites. There are a few answers, but none of them are really great. Eventually, after some back and forth in the comment ...
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Should answers reflect the asker's level of experience?

Many times I've seen beginners ask questions that could be answered better with a more intimate understanding of the language. In such cases, should answers to such questions reflect the level of ...
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The /help/how-to-answer on all sites should include information about reading existing answers and suggesting that new answers add information

I'm not aware of any site that would permit many people to post the same or very similar answers to a question. I thought that this was rather obvious, but there's no place in the Help Center to point ...
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Where should I post my sum-up of the answers, as the OP? [duplicate]

Sometimes as the OP (question asker), after reading through all the answers, I have my own sum-up about them. I want to tell people and all further readers about my feeling and comprehension about my ...
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How can I see the list of my own answers only for bounty questions? [duplicate]

Is there a possible way to search my own answers that are posted only for bounty questions (whether or not they currently have a bounty on them)?
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When to answer, when to comment? [duplicate]

When looking at questions on StackOverflow these days I can't help but notice that most questions don't get a "proper" answer anymore. Instead, they are lots of comments to the question which try to ...
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General strategy to post something that *avoids* landing on the Hot Network Questions

Based only loosely on How are questions in the 'hot' tab selected? Some people seem to enjoy landing with their posts on the frontpage, possibly influencing their reputation quite massively (either ...
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Would be nice to be able to submit linked answers that show as a regular answer

I often see questions and think, I know I, or someone else, answered that well in a different question, but the question itself is not really a duplicate. I usually just add a comment saying "Read ...