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

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Does question being closed prevent bounty being started on exemplary answer to it? [duplicate]

I wanted to award a bounty to this answer to Selecting the answer - I'm sure this must have been asked The answer was posted three days ago and the question was closed two days ago, and yet the ...
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Why prefer to restrict questions instead of restricting answers?

I read a lot more SE sites than I'm a contributor to, but something I've slowly noticed is that there is a tendency to prefer making rules about questions rather than making rules about answers, even ...
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Selecting the answer - I'm sure this must have been asked [duplicate]

Quite soon, I'm going to select the answer to a question I've posted. I appreciate the way the current system works means I can only choose a single answer. What really struck me about this particular ...
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Is it okay to mark an answer as 'Accepted' when I can't test it?

I asked a technical question on dba.stackexchange.com. I got a very good answer, but because I made many technical changes to my environment before I read the answer, I'm no longer in a position where ...
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How multiple answers by one user on same question impact on People Reached

EDIT We're working on a new stat to help convey the reach of your posts here discuss the Big Question #1: Do you have any suggested tweaks to improve the calculation method? Big Question #2: What'...
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Can we trust the impartiality of answers on Stack Exchange anymore? [closed]

Stack Overflow Inc. has recently fired several high profile members and implemented policies that have caused many other high profile members to quit the network. I am concerned that the quality of ...
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Should you post a probably correct answer as an answer or a comment? [duplicate]

Many people often post possibly correct answers as comments, because they're not sure if it's correct and don't want to receive downvotes. However, these comments often are correct and this causes ...
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Bug with comments and answer poster

I have recently came across a bug with the comments and the answer taking up the same space: As you can see the comments is conflicting with the answer. Can this be fixed? Link to where I ...
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Multiple versions of the same question?

Let's say I asked an unclear question, people in the comments said that the question is unclear and they talked about the unclear contents in my question, I edited the question making it clear and ...
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How does one cite an answer in MLA? [duplicate]

I used an answer from https://crypto.stackexchange.com and the links that were provided in the answer. Now, I am presenting the project for which I used the answer, and I would like to give proper ...
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Question edited after that answer was not matched [duplicate]

Suppose i answered some one's question and after some times OP was change the question body that my answer was not matched with the question. So, in future anyone else visited and found that ...
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Is there a better way to easily understand information and differing sides in multiple-page Meta posts? [duplicate]

It can be difficult to navigate the magnitude of answers available on certain types of posts. These posts usually span multiple pages and by definition hide a lot of information. While reading all ...
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Get upvoted answers where question doesn’t have tag

I want to get all of my upvoted answers where the question doesn’t have a specific tag. What query can I write to get that data from SEDE? For example, I want to get all my upvoted answers to posts ...
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An Effective Solution To The [answer-in/as-comment] Conundrum [closed]

How often don't we follow a question, believing that we have the definitive solution, only to find that someone has posted the gist thereof in a comment? Under those circumstances, I tend to feel ...
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What happens if a bounty is awarded automatically when there are 2 answers with an equal amount of upvotes? [duplicate]

From https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/16067/678412: What happens if I feel my question is still unanswered? / What is automatic awarding? Approximately 24 hours after the end of the bounty ...
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Is it possible for users to view a post's up and down vote history?

Is it possible to view a graph showing a post's up and down votes over time? Not who voted for it, just "vote received at [timestamp]". I know if a user has enough rep they can see the total up and ...
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Does knowing the asker have an impact on answering their questions?

I'm doing some research on Stack Exchange users. Suppose you know someone, e.g. off site or after already answering a lot of their questions. Would you answer this user's questions only because you ...
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Search for answers of some user to questions in my favorites

On Physics Stack Exchange I searched for infavorites:73067 user:dddd where dddd is the numerical user ID of some user, and got one result. It is the one question by the user that I marked as a ...
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How to refer to an answer

I came across two questions, asking for a solution for the same issue (one could say, one duplicates the other) where both questions are lacking an accepted answer. One answer though lead me to the ...
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Which answer should I mark as correct - the first comments or the first answer?

After asking a question on SE, one user, in the comments section, asked one question and, with my answer, he asked another question and added a consideration that solved my problem. I thanked him and ...
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How to deal with an accepted answer that is not answering the question? [duplicate]

I recently came across a question in Workplace SE where the accepted answer does not provide a solution to the question. From the most upvoted comment on the answer, I'm curious how this is the ...
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Is this a troll or a bot answering? [duplicate]

This really caught my attention. As you can below this photo, there's user (Maybe a person or maybe bot) answered the question but it is not answer the question. So is this person just a pure troll ...
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Explain reason for “not an answer” flag [duplicate]

This is about my following declined but helpful flag. History: I saw an answer which almost copy-pasted another answer and I decided to flag that. In my first flag, I chose not an answer option, as ...
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Displaying the questions or answers reputation, in addition to the total reputation [duplicate]

This request was triggered by the very recent blog post We’re Rewarding the Question Askers, which announced that now, also retroactively, the askers are given as many reputation points (10) as the ...
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Split reputation: one for questions and one for answers [duplicate]

This request was triggered by the very recent blog post We’re Rewarding the Question Askers, which announced that now, also retroactively, the askers are given as many reputation points (10) as the ...
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Using your browser's back button may result in posting an answer twice

Under some circumstances, when posting an answer and using the browser's back button, hitting the 'Post Your Answer' button again results in the answer being posted twice. This happened to me here by ...
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Unable to upload an image from the iOS app - “The app submitted an invalid request”

received a message to “see meta” after trying to upload photos to an answer I’m updating. This is the answer I’m trying to update with photos. How can I extend the rough-in drain away from the wall?...
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The “there are already 30 answers” message shouldn't override the “you already answered this” message

When you try to post an answer to a question that already has 30 answers you receive the following message: This question has more than 30 answers already. Did you read through all the ...
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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

I started using Stack Overflow1 a few years ago when I was learning c-sharp. I remember that when I was asking something, I was either getting a link to an existing question (duplicate or similar ...
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what happens and what should happen when an asker accepts a wrong answer? [duplicate]

In this question (about how to check version number for numpy), they answer accepted by the asker, as been commented by multiple people, as not being neither standard, nor the recommended method. ...
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Suggestion to add tags to answer list in user account

I would like to see tags in the list of answers under the name of the question. At a minimum, I would find the answer I need much faster.
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How to (or request feature to) designate the answer you submit as partial or diverging? [duplicate]

Beware! This is my first SE post, so some of what follows may be seen as taboo by more experienced or professional community members. I wrote as clearly & well-formatted as I could. For TL;DR, ...
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Can we post an answer and refuse to respond to comments or do edits?

I am wondering if I am going to be punished for posting answers (I rarely post questions) or comments and decline to make any response at all to comments and decline to edit or update the answer in ...
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On the rules of answering a question [duplicate]

Am I allowed to say something like "If you like my answer, please accept it and give it an upvote" in my answers or comments (specifically on MathSE)? I have read the rules of comments and answers and ...
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Why is no answer better than a bad one? [closed]

Before deleting my entire SE account, I just wanted to give you feedback in this specific case, even though you probably don't care for a non-power users opinion: https://stackoverflow.com/a/58374211/...
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Should we reward parallel questions?

Former co-founder Jeff Atwood seemed to think parallel paths to a solution were a good thing. He wrote, some duplication is desirable. There’s often benefit to having multiple subtle variants of a ...
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My new account is brand new and I can't submit answers [duplicate]

Today I've seen an user requesting help for a bug which I have stumbled upon and I'd like to share my solution with him. My account is pristine (Angular wink), at least I don't remember to have answer,...
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How to answer a question which already has acceptable answers and my answer will add at most 5% to the existing answers

Few hours ago I answered the question reading file without newlines in Python. The problem is that my answer is made up of existing answers with probably 5% tweak. I did it to facilitate future ...
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Is it acceptable to copy your own answer verbatim from an off-site resource?

An answer on Stack Overflow was recently brought to my attention as possible plagiarism, but I determined that the source of the suspected plagiarism was actually written and posted by the answerer ...
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What's the best way to compose very long answers?

In the process of writing very long answers, whether on meta sites or main sites, what is the best way to format content for future visitors? For the record, I am not talking about the validity of ...
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Can't comment yet, but can't answer without the ability to clarify [duplicate]

I want to answer a question, but I need clarification from the author first. But I don't have enough reputation yet to comment, I can only answer. So how can I answer if I can't get clarification? ...
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How do I check if a question author has found an (unposted) answer in the meantime?

How do I check or ask whether somebody has found the answer to their own question? (I do not have enough reputation points to post it as a comment.) Note that this is not the question about getting ...
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'Add Another Answer' button lacks styling in Safari on iOS

When viewing the website in full site mode in Safari on iOS, some of the buttons lack the new styling. I've already reported a few instances occurring in the new flag dashboard: 'Undelete post'...
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Editing answers for removing excuses for answering an old question

I often read excuses for answering an old question. Like this one that I quote for the following question: I see this question is a bit old, but I decided to give an answer anyway for those who ...
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Recognition for Answers that Save Lives

We should have an explicit feature for recognizing/rewarding/glorifying answers that save peoples' lives. The OP of this question over at Great Outdoors commented in the accepted answer several years ...
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What does it mean when an answer is submitted by Community?

What does it mean when an answer is submitted by Community? (The example I came across - the screenshot is from the Aviation home page.) Surely a user didn't answer and delete the unregistered ...
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Is there a limit to the number of answers that a single user can submit to the same question?

Some websites run weekly, fortnightly or monthly topic challenges, e.g. Gardening, Worldbuilding and Literature. On Literature Meta SE, anyone can submit reading challenges, using one answer per ...
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What are my choices when I don't receive any correct answers for my bounty question? [duplicate]

I've asked a question on Stack Overflow with a bounty. Assume I have received three answers, but all of them are incorrect and not what I asked. I clearly mentioned what my problem was and what I'm ...
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Are we aiming for a single answer that covers everything about a question on Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

So I was thinking about why only one answer can be accepted to any particular question on Stack Exchange. I was thinking, most likely, so there would develop one answer that covers "everything" about ...
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The descriptions on the vote buttons for answers should be updated to be as helpful as those for questions

The criteria for voting for questions is relatively clear, with the upvote and downvote buttons displaying: This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear. This question does not show ...

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