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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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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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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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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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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I feel like there's a problem with Stack Overflow, as the number of people prowling it increases. Each question's answers are sorted by descending score and then by descending time of posting. This ...
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Existing answers should be eligible for bounty auto-award, when the reason for bounty is to reward an existing answer

I am not asking... ... to remove the 24-hour waiting period for reward-type bounties. ... for the ability to pre-select the winning answer, either. My request is this: When a user sets a ...
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What was the reasoning behind rewarding answers with more rep than questions? [duplicate]

From the FAQ: How does "Reputation" work? You gain reputation when: One of your questions is voted up/useful: +5 One of your answers is voted up/useful: +10 Why are ...
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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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Closing Etiquette: Why Do Some Answer *and* Close?

I've noticed quite a few cases (here's a recent one) where people not only vote to close a question, but then also answer said question. At best this is just silly, and at worst it is totally ...
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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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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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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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Ordering of answers for a question

When we access a question on Stack Overflow, the answers for the question are arranged in such a way that the accepted answer comes first. Then after the various answers are mixed up in the descending ...
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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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Do we have time-travelers here? [duplicate]

This question has been (at the time of writing this) closed for 32 minutes as a duplicate. However, a new answer has been posted exactly 4 minutes ago. How is that possible? Is the author of that ...
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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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Undeterred badge

We have an Enlightened badge: First to answer and accepted with score of 10 or more. This badge can be awarded multiple times But we don't have a badge to reward adding a good answer to a question ...
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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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Ability to see active participants currently adding new answer to a question by inspecting saved drafts

As no doubt most of us have experienced, we sometimes start answering a question that receives a lot of attention, and many of us start preparing their answers simultaneously, at almost exactly the ...
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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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How should answers that link to duplicate questions be handled?

Every now and again, I find someone has posted an answer to a new question that points to an older question that is an exact duplicate. In other words, the question is a duplicate, but the poster has ...
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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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Are printer-friendly versions available?

Many community wiki questions get absolutely fantastic answers, and so must be read out at length. How do I print a page of answers using minimum paper, without the comments and user avatars, etc? I ...
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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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Why do some people only post answers, and not questions?

Why do some people not ask questions on SO? If it is only for reputation (which basically boosts their CV), they could instead do some investigations in spheres that interest them. So what's the point ...
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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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Does it make sense to answer old questions?

I always wonder if I read questions and nobody ever focused on one special point - I constantly think if it is worth the time to answer them. They usually do not get any upvotes no matter how good ...
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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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How can I find answers I've downvoted?

I'm aware I can view all of my downvotes by going here: But there are reams of downvotes matched. I also tried looking at the advanced search operators, but there's nothing useful there. How ...
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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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Accepting answer without upvoting?

Is there ever a case where you would want to accept an answer, but not upvote it? I can't think of a single situation where this would be the case.. So would it not make sense to have the "Accept" ...
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Ask & Answer question through voice recording

I was wondering if we could ask a question by recording our voices. It would become much easier and comfortable to ask questions. If someone is too lazy to write a big question, he can simply leave a ...
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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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How does sorting for answers work? [duplicate]

I understand that the accepted answer is shown at the top and other answers in the order of number of votes. But how does sorting for answers with same score works? I sometimes see that the ordering ...
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Should we always accept a better answer, or also reward response speed? [duplicate]

Case in point here. Akrun gave a great answer in ~2 minutes. Grada's answer is slightly better (because it's simpler and more generalizable), but came in a little later (but still before Akrun's ...
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Can a bounty be awarded to a non-accepted answer? [duplicate]

I have a problem one of the users who asked awhile ago about something related to SQL injection. I provided an answer for his problem, and some solutions, but he did not accept my answer nor did he ...
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How to react correctly when reading an embarrassing question/answer?

Sometimes people ask questions that make it look like they're doing things wrong (the most common example being storing sensitive data) and it's easy to tell them to abandon their project and use ...
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Answer draft is lost if you click to sign up

When writing an answer on a site where you don't have an account or are not logged in, below the answer entry textbox are options to create an account or continue as guest by providing a nickname and ...
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Should we vote on answers? Why?

Honestly, I thought this was a stupid question until I interacted with another user on a particular question. The question is, should users vote on answers? If so, why? This other user claims to have ...
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How does accepting an answer work?

What does it mean to accept an answer? How do I accept an answer, and what are the rules? Can I accept my own self-answer? What are the reputation benefits? Which answer should I accept? Should I ...