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The “How do I write a good answer?” help page needs a tidy-up

If you go to the page "How do I write a good answer?" in the Help Centre, the first two points are: Pay it forward Saying “thanks” is appreciated, but it doesn’t answer the question. ...
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The Help Center implies that it's OK to answer duplicate questions if there aren't many duplicates; is this correct?

The Help Center article on how to write a good answer contains the following section: Not all questions can or should be answered here. Save yourself some frustration and avoid trying to answer ...
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Should I award bounty to a helpful, but incomplete, answer? [duplicate]

I raised a bounty of 100 rep on a fundamental yet non-trivial question on the mathematics Stack Exhange site. One genius guy answered the question; however, the answer was incomplete. Using those ...
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Has a mechanism been proposed and rejected for dealing with old questions with high votes on an answer but none accepted? [duplicate]

There are quite a number of questions that are very old and have lots of answers, specifically an answer with a high number of upvotes. Sometimes the asker has not been on the site for a long time, ...
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What is a good way to respond or comment to a boomerang answer? [duplicate]

What is a good way to respond to a boomerang answer, an answer that basically responds with "You don't want to do that, do this other thing"? Maybe I do want to use my cat as a mop for my ...
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A simple way to make new answers more discoverable

In my opinion, one shortcoming of Stack Exchange is the discoverability of new answers on questions. This simple feature proposal would make it more enticing for users to discover new answers, while ...
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Allow changing your vote if a new answer is posted?

This isn't Allow changing votes on answers if the question is edited Sometimes I vote on an answer because at the time it is correct (upvote), or they do not explain very well and it looks wrong (...
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Show the answer author in suggested edit reviews

Today, I was going through a suggested edit and found that it was shortening the code (something that we don't allow on our site (Code Golf)). However, when I tried to reject it, it had already been ...
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What happens with “Does this answer your question?” - Yes [duplicate]

Question When one/more users suggest another post answers your question (and there is a banner at the top of the page asking if question title answers your question? Yes/No), what physically happens ...
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How can I quickly jump to a specific answer when I've posted multiple answers to the same question?

It's easy to find a question of mine in my user profile by reading the titles of the questions in the Questions tab. It's similar for answers when I've only posted one answer to a question. I can find ...
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Button to show the version of the question as of when answer was posted / last edited?

Sometimes when reading an answer it doesn't seem to correspond entirely to the question asked, and if I want to find out why the procedure then becomes: Scroll up to the question again Check if it ...
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Best practice about average time to accept an answer and accept answer decision [duplicate]

What is the common sense for the time to accept a user answer? For example, I usually think that I need to wait, for example, 1 week or more, because some questions have more than one answer and I ...
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No check mark – How do I mark an answer as accepted? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question and would like to mark one of the answers as accepted. The problem is that I do not see a way to do so. On the left-hand side of the answer I can either vote up/down or ...
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Is there a certain amount of time after which a new question is unlikely to get any answers?

Can anyone else confirm my suspicions here? I have found that whenever I post a new question, if it is going to receive any answers at all, it will happen within the first few hours of posting. After ...
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The “working on it” proposal [duplicate]

It bothers me a lot when I'm spending some time and effort trying to answer a question only to learn it got closed for any reason. It's just a lot of time wasted. So I have come up with a solution for ...
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If a user is banned from posting answers, state so before they start writing the answer

Answer-banned users aren't informed they can't post an answer before they try to post an answer (which typically happens after they write an answer). They're only notified when they've finished their ...
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Add the share button to (other) answers in review queues

When reviewing an answer in one of the Low Quality Posts, First Posts, or Late Answers queues, there is the option to watch the Other answers of the question. This gives a more "naked" view ...
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Automatic following of answers to your question [duplicate]

There should be an option so when you are the OP of a question and it gets answered, the OP is notified of any comments to that answer without having to manually follow each answer. It would be ...
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Low-quality answer auto-comments sound a little hard to new users

When reviewing low quality posts, I came across this post and recommended its deletion. The system automatically left a comment saying, If you have a new question, please ask it by clicking the Ask ...
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Can I answer my own question without accepting it?

I recently posed a question on stack exchange biology about how viruses persist outside the body, and HPV in particular. The question received some upvotes initially but no answers. After putting a ...
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Is it typical for self-answered questions to be downvoted? [duplicate]

As a habit, I have always tried to answer my own questions on Stack Overflow and other sites if no one provided an answer, and I later found the answer myself. I consider this to be essential to ...
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Is the question asker notified of updates to answers without explicitly “following” that answer?

This certainly never used to be a thing, but I'm wondering if this behaviour has changed with the "increased notifications" - without the OP having to explicitly "follow" that ...
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Is it a good approach to report a bug with an answer to a similar question, rather than asking a new question?

Is it a good approach to report a bug with an answer to a similar question, rather than asking a new question? I see something like this happening here: Stack Overflow for Teams is now free for up to ...
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Can clicking on a negatively-received post remove the graying-out on both the content *and* the comments?

This post was marked status-completed - and it is, to a degree. But clicking on a post with a score of -3 (or -7) or lower doesn't remove the grayness on the comments underneath the post, only the ...
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There is any option to unsubcribe/unfollow already subscribed community [closed]

There is any option to unsubscribe/unfollow already subscribed community in stack overflow (Is this logout is an option for unsubscribing/unfollowing)
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Why isn't there a counter for answers (like there is for questions) saying “viewed ## times”?

I noticed that for questions there is a header saying "Viewed n times", but why isn't there a corresponding header for answers?
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What should one do when a question's answers don't take its tags into account?

Both the title and question body of Stack Overflow question "How to download a video from an M3U8 file" ask how to download a M3U8 video based on a local file. How to download a video from ...
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Why not upvote the answer that is used to mark another question as duplicate?

A lot of questions get marked as a duplicate on a daily basis, which means the answers on some other question is being helpful for the OP, which means it deserves an upvote, right? So why not just ...
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Can I answer my own question by citing a comment? [duplicate]

The best answer on one of my questions is in the comment section. I don't want to bother the commenter by asking for a formal answer so that I can give it the love (upvote and accept) that it deserves....
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Is it possible to be notified about new answers to and comments on bookmarked questions? [duplicate]

I get notified by email about new answers to and comments on questions posted by me, as well as about comments on my answers. Is it possible for me to be notified by email about new answers to and ...
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Is the chatroom to be used for topic related chatting or not? [duplicate]

I found a chat section in Stack Overflow. Is it to be used for simply chatting or a particular topic? For example, if Android is the name of the chat room, is there only Android-related chat allowed?
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Outdated Answers project kicking off on Stack Overflow

As we announced on Meta Stack Overflow, we are kicking off a project to begin tackling the issue of outdated answers. That post goes into detail on the initiative and our approach. We are focusing our ...
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Setting a benchmark on negative marking on question/answer for auto delete

Just a thought: Shouldn't there be a way, if a benchmark is been set for vote-down and on basis of that, the particular post should be hidden/deleted/disappear from the list and looks clean with no ...
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How did the system not catch these two <30 character answers?

A few days ago, I saw this answer, and thought nothing of the fact that it had <30 characters (including zero-width spaces and HTML tags and other Unicode characters). But then I saw this answer, ...
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Notification for specific user's answers [duplicate]

I know that if I follow a question, I am notified if the question receives an answer. I am also notified for every single comment, edit, close, etc. I see some users who are actually good contributors....
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What should be done with answers that promote a particular religion?

I was reading the question How do I help my 3 year old daughter who is terrified of what I believe is a ghost? just now, and I noticed that one of the answers consists mostly of a promotion of ...
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Is it appropriate to answer a question with a gif?

It is a lot easier (for me, in some situations) to create a gif showing how to implement a solution (instead of writing it up in a list, like: 1. do this, 2. do this, ... 14. do this). Consider the ...
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Answer links from search pages do not load the page at the linked answer

This appears to have started breaking in the last four hours or so. To reproduce: Do a search for answers on a Stack Exchange site. For the sake of a demonstration I'll use is:a on Meta Stack ...
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Does a low rep user see a question has answers, if the answer is voted -3 or lower?

I can't think of a way to test this for myself. As I'm high enough rep to be able to see what is actually a spam answer that just hasn't had enough flags yet, I can also see on the main page that this ...
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Why can't I post answers to questions on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I was trying to post an answer to a question on Stack Overflow but for some reason the frontend (yes, frontend lol) had disabled the button. The button was disabled, so for posting it I had to go to ...
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Cannot see an answer to my own question for which I received a notification

On December 20th I started a bounty (the very first bounty I have ever started) on my own question at this link and then I went on holidays. During the bounty period I would swear I received a ...
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Hottest answers of all time on a specifc tag not right

When I looked at the hottest answers for the discussion tag, I realized that some answers were missing from the list, like this one. An even bigger example is the python tag on Stack Overflow, it ...
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How can I automatically edit all my answers and questions so that no quotes are broken down?

The CommonMark migration messed up the formatting of many of my posts. Specifically, one common issue is that my quotes are now broken down, e.g.: instead of Screenshots taken from https://stats....
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Dealing with a question you've answered, but have partially / completely misunderstood?

I'm pretty sure this happens to someone out there now and then: You've read a question, done the work with writing a pretty decent answer, at least you think you have, then you find some detail in the ...
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Is it a good practice to write an answer to respond to another answer, rather than actually answer the question?

Let's say there is a question: What can a rainbow unicorn do? And there's an answer: It can live in the 5th dimension Is it a problem if I post an answer starting with "I don't know the ...
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Winter Bash Rep Hunter hat not delivering

I was checking my answers and I counted that I have ten answers with positive score, but I wonder why I am not getting the Rep Hunter hat? Isn't the trigger to have 10 answers all upvoted in one day? ...
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Should questions of the form “How can I do A without using X or Y for some reason that I don't understand?” be answered?

Here's the question that prompted me to post this Meta question: Creating a list of instances(objects) of a class in Python without explicit list comprehension or for loops My question is how we ...
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Complete versus complex answers [closed]

In this question, the OP asks "How could I create a randomly-variable-length list of instances (objects) of this class Teacher without using any list comprehension (maybe from vectorization or ...
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“Add an answer” button is sometimes missing

The "Add an answer" button is sometimes missing. Screenshot from New Feature: Table Support: though most of the time I do see the "Add an answer" button (using the same computer + ...
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Keyboard shortcut to answer a question doesn't work if you have already posted an answer

Found this out here, where I've posted quite a few answers. If you've already posted an answer to a question, you cannot use the A key to answer it again; you have to use the "Add another answer&...

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