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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My "self-answer" is the right one, but users may think it should not be accepted. Is this a good reason to request to disown it?

Some time ago I made a question on a SE site about a very subtle issue. After some investigation, I have found the (very) subtle problem and I fixed it by myself, posting an answer to my own question, ...
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Should I answer questions tagged [status-completed] that are unanswered?

Should I answer to status-completed questions and say this? I saw someone do something similar: This is status-completed. (Upvote this answer to remove it from unanswered questions page) Should I ...
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Enable clicking on [Share] to automatically copy link to clipboard

When the user clicks on the [Share] link under the post (either a question or an answer), a popup window appears with the link automatically highlighted. I propose that the link should be ...
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Label questions for beginners to answer

I have read Should easy questions be left for beginners? That is, beginners like answering questions too?. TL;DR I want to propose a system similar to the linked post, but one that does not prevent ...
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When JavaScript is disabled, sort orders other than "votes" are buggy

I normally browse Stack Exchange with JavaScript disabled, and reading, searching, etc. mostly work just fine in that context. However, sort orders other than "votes" are broken, for users ...
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Is paraphrasing someone else's ideas and not crediting them considered plagiarism? [closed]

A certain SE site has a new policy to blindly delete all answers that cite scholars, papers and journals without looking at the merits of the arguments and if the citation addresses the question or ...
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Do fun-with-literalism answers (that block further edits) break the CoC?

Context: cheeky nonanswers that have fun at an asker's* expense. * Not everyone is an expert in the field or a proficient English speakers, so it's very common for askers to use an incorrect word/...
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How to choose the best answer for bounties [duplicate]

I am in a problem. I made a bounty and I got 2 good answers, but they are "different". I know the bounty system is to award the effort and help others to find the best answer, and that is ...
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Old links to answer sort orders became broken after the change to answer sort tabs

I previously posted this as an answer (10k-only) to the announcement Revisiting changes to answer sorting menu: better use of space, moving menu into a dropdown, ascending/descending sort options, ...
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Is there a way to differentiate between transparent and white parts of images?

I saw an answer that displays a transparent image with a white circle in the center. Is there a way to differentiate between the two parts? I know that I can right click on the image and open the ...
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It's possible to retract and re-cast a delete vote on answers, contrary to the tooltip's advice

When retracting a delete vote, the following popup is displayed: To quote the text directly: rpg.stackexchange.com says Retract your vote to delete? You won't be able to vote again on this post. ...
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Answer sorting menu is cutting off the bottom part of letters

When sorting things by the default sorting, the 'g' from the word 'Highest' is cut off. I'm using Chrome, at the most recent version (99.0.4844.82), and my zoom level is at 100%. If I zoom out to 90% ...
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No titles or contents in answer list on profile page, only “View Answer”

The “Answers” list on the profile page displays no titles or contents anymore, only “View answer.” This happens on all sites, here is an example from Stack Overflow:
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How many answers did I facilitate and (roughly) how much answer rep was generated?

Answers to Who asked the most number of questions on Stack Exchange? include SEDE scripts for site-specific and network-wide methods to rank users who've asked the most questions. Someone pointed me ...
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Should we switch from marking a question as opinion-based into marking an answer as opinion-based?

I think that possibility to mark questions as opinion-based is problematic for few reasons: It is just hard or impossible to predict if question is opinion based. asker has to predict what other ...
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If multiple answers work for a question, should all be voted on?

Should someone vote for multiple answers if they work for the specific question?
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Should you downvote an answer that didn't work for you, even if it worked for others?

Is it justified to downvote an answer that didn't work for you specifically, even if it worked for others?
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Make a feature to mark your own question as solved by yourself already without any answer's help! [duplicate]

This option is way better than just setting a question as solved through checking an answer that might or might not be correct leading to a bias. And since there are many cases already that some ...
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On-topic (non-closed & non-locked) posts that you're not allowed to answer?

Is it true that there are types of (meta) posts that are on-topic, non-closed, and non-locked, that you're not allowed to answer? I saw this discussion post on a per-site meta, and all the answers ...
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What answer should one accept when they both answer different aspects of the question? [duplicate]

This question of mine asks for multiple things, and two different answers cover different parts. Is here the metric which answer took the most time and work? Because I wouldn't know. Or is it which ...
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Reviewing a First Answer with red flags leads to "Possible spam" notice shown for question

There is a First Answers review item about a (questionable) answer that received four (still pending) rude/abusive flags. That leads to the familiar notice Our system has identified this post as ...
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Revisiting changes to answer sorting menu: better use of space, moving menu into a dropdown, ascending/descending sort options, clearer descriptions

Update (Mar 21, 2022): The dropdown menu for the answer-sorting options is now live. Update (Feb 9, 2022): I've added an additional question in the Feedback section below. Last week, I posted ...
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Make it easier to refer to an answer with the poster's name

If, in a question, answer or comment, I want to refer to someone's answer, I usually also want to mention their username, e.g. @SomePerson's [answer](https://link.goes.here). That means I have to: ...
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How can I answer questions with affiliate links? [duplicate]

I am new here. As an affiliate marketer, what can I do to be able to post affiliate links to answers questions about new technology, health and design on stackoverflow.com?
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Could we remove the fade-in effect when opening a link to an answer or comment?

It looks especially ugly when dark mode is on (I tried on both Chrome and Firefox on Microsoft Windows), the bright flash hurts the eyes, and the length of the fade-in effect prevents me from reading ...
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How do you answer a question whose premise can be improved?

If a user asks a question that is based on bad practice or can be optimised, should/can answers suggest a solution that goes beyond the bounds of the original question? If so, what is the best way to ...
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Changes to answer sorting menu: moving menu, "Newest" sort option, renaming sort options [duplicate]

Update (Feb. 8, 2022): I appreciate all the thoughtful feedback on this post. Your input caused us to rethink some of what we originally proposed. Rather than update this post with all the changes, I ...
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How should I reply to a comment which is a request for code?

In a comments discussion I was asked in a comment to share my code. Unfortunately the code exceeds the number of characters allowed in the comment. I'm not a question owner nor the answer.
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Listing of the recent answers

In Stack Exchange websites, the home page shows recent active posts (new question, new answer, new edit, reopened, closed etc.). In Questions page, the recent/active/bountied/.../(also unanswered) ...
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Reviewing First answers: Is a flag enough or should I also leave a comment?

I was recently awarded privileges to review 'First answers'. I was asked to review an answer that was this: Answered and solved by @other_user And the @other_user had submitted an answer themselves. ...
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When will Stack Overflow sort answers by software version? [duplicate]

I'll pose this question with Swift as a reference, but I know that it applies to many other languages/frameworks/libraries. Swift answers are almost always made far less useful because questions often ...
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Links to migrated answers' revision histories incorrectly go to the parent question's revision history instead of the answer's history

When a question along with its answers is migrated to another site, only its latest revision is copied to the destination site. Originally, there was no attribution supplied to users who edited either ...
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When NAA includes rude language - red flaggable?

I know that the general rule for rude language is to edit it out if possible rather than knee-jerk red flagging it just for a few swear words or inappropriate terminology. So, for example, a post, ...
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Filter option for Unanswered [duplicate]

When you are looking at recent questions, your filter options are bountied, hot, week, and month (plus some site-specific ones). It seems to me the only reason someone would be browsing questions is ...
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Add an option to leave a "This is a duplicate answer" comment when voting to delete an answer from review

When voting to delete an answer from review, the following reasons/comments are provided: I often come across answers in the review queue that simply reiterate information that is already present in ...
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I found lots of "promising" questions (and answers) for my problem. Let's have a way to track the answers I've already tried?

I edited my question because it was closed. The side effect is that the answer I received becomes a "good workaround" instead of "good answer". Please let me know if this prevents ...
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Visually Differentiate/Highlight comments and answers provided by me for quick reference

Whenever I find an interesting answer or comment in a long list of answers, I Upvote the answer/comment so that if I land on the same question again in the future, I will know that I have already been ...
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Version labels for answers

We’d like to introduce version labels (official name and verbiage pending) for answers, a new product feature idea as part of the larger Outdated Answers project. We hope that this feature will help ...
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Answer text doesn't correspond with notification text in followed question. Expected behaviour?

In a followed question, I noticed the notification and checked the answer - both after the fact by 7 minutes I noticed a discrepancy: Is this expected behaviour if a question's been edited within the ...
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Clicking to reveal a spoiler while editing causes page to scroll

Suppose you are writing a lengthy answer with some spoiler blocks in it. You want to check how some of it looks, so you scroll down to one of the spoiler blocks and click it. What should happen: The ...
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How can I search my own answers with different search filters?

I know that I can search for my own answers/question by using: user:me. I also want to filter these questions/answers by the number of views. Something like this: user:me views:100 But the above query ...
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Is there any user data that can be used to infer how many answers are read on individual posts?

On Skeptics we are discussing the new "unpinned answer" feature and I had the thought that perhaps the discussion often assumes the premise that only the top answer is typically read. I don'...
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Should answer scores decay? Discussion on making answer rankings for older questions more dynamic

Folks, this has nothing to do with reputation. It’s about ranking answers. Please stop trying to close it as a duplicate of one of the decade old discussions about reputation. I think it would be ...
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Remove the -1 reputation penalty for downvoting answers on Meta.SE

Because other Meta sites in the network don't have their own reputation (instead relying on the reputation of their parent sites), there is no reputation penalty for downvoting answers on those sites. ...
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Add an option for mods and staff to pin a certain answer to the top on meta sites

Now that accepted answers are in the process of being unpinned, and that's likely to happen on meta sites too, we probably need another way to pin certain answers to the top. This will go in line with ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Today we changed the way we sort answers on Stack Overflow. We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By default, we now sort strictly by votes ...
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Read more button to allow better evaluation of the answer and avoid verbose answer stealing too much attention?

Often, if finding myself scrolling through very long answers (e.g. covering more than one screen scroll), so many good and updated answers are somehow pushed to the bottom by these verbose answers. I ...
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How can I self-answer my closed question? [duplicate]

I posted a question, however it was closed with a reason I don't understand. I've found the answer myself and I would like to share the answer with the community, is there any way I can leave the ...
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A user answering duplicate questions and dupe-hammering them afterwards [duplicate]

For a long time now a six-figure user has been consistently answering questions from a certain tag and dupe-hammering quite a few of them right afterwards. I didn't think much of it until recently: I ...
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Am I not allowed to answer a post that is badly written?

Here I answered a question, but before doing so, I did provide anonymous feedback, from review, that the question needs improvement, but I got two downvotes, not because of the answer, so am I not ...
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