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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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Feature request: show when we've already answered questions related to us

Situation: currently if you click on the "Unanswered" tab, it shows you questions with no accepted answer that you might be interested in. Unfortunately if you were to answer a few of these, and no ...
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Redesign “lots of answers” JS confirm dialog to use Stacks stylized popups instead

Currently, when attempting to answer questions with lots of answers (usually 30 but configurable per site), users are shown the following generic JS confirmation prompt (from one's browser, in this ...
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Is it OK to be facetious?

Although I searched for it, I did not find a question that directly address this topic (not for a specific case but) in general. And I am genuinely asking to know the answer to make my own behavior ...
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Notification/Alert For “Better” Answer [duplicate]

I frequently open a question and begin to look at the accepted answer at the top. Eventually my eyes trickle down to the comments and eventually I realize that the second answer has way more upvotes. ...
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Is There a Privilege to Answer Questions for a User? [on hold]

Can high rep people earn a privilege to answer questions for others after say, a year? If not, why not? The unanswered tab is littered with questions from people who joined, asked a question and ...
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Display bounty scores in user profile answers list

It would certainly take a while for me to look through my 300+ accepted answers to find the one answer I earned a bounty for. I know I can look through my rep audit and find it, but I'd still be ...
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1answer
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Can there be too many answers to a question?

Sometimes there are many answers to a single question, for example this question on Stack Overflow, with 60+ answers. I find it to be too many. Is there a procedure to maybe close such questions, or ...
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Using spoiler to have better answers [closed]

I recently asked this question. That was a homework problem; the response people gave was very nice, but in one answer they basically solved it for me. That was the most useful answer. I think there ...
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Clicking on answer item from the achivements dialog doesn't close the dialog

Achivements dialog can contains items linked to the answers (e.g. when your answers got votes or you accept an answer for your question). In that case if you already had opened a page via that link, ...
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Valuable responses to my question are spread over numerous answers. As the asker, how can I make them more visible?

In my recent question on Travel Stack Exchange I attracted a lot of attention (not least in part because it was a hot network question) and I got a lot of answers. Frustratingly, early answers drove ...
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1answer
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Reward someone who edited their answer as obsolete to point to mine

I've been active on SO since 2009, and have seen many old questions get new answers as technology changes. Sometimes the accepted answer becomes suboptimal, and the OP is no longer active to mark ...
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Are link based answers ok if they link to other Stack Exchange Answers?

Is it ever ok to provide an answer to a question that's essentially a link only answer to another Stack Exchange question or answer? Often I do this when The answers of the other question could be ...
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Can answering questions and other forms of reputation increase lift question bans? [duplicate]

Due to a recent question ban on StackOverflow I was wondering, aside from just editing questions as the help page suggests, does answering questions help lift a question ban? Aka does increasing your ...
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Converting an answer to a comment makes the comment a reply to a comment posted after the converted comment

On the site where I am moderator, I closed a question using a custom reason, and then converted the answer in a comment. Even though the answer was posted the day before, and the comment is shown ...
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Difficult to lose the “converted to a comment” status message

If an answer is converted to a comment and then subsequently undeleted, and then deleted again (without being converted to a comment), the message beneath the post still reads: If the answer is then ...
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3answers
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Suggestion for getting better answers

As a user of Stack Overflow, I noticed a phenomenon which quite decreases the quality of answers, that is, showing the first answer first (then, according to upvotes). I notice that, specially in ...
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Shall I accept an answer that answers part of my question?

So I bet you all met into a scenario, where someone wrote a good, detailed answer which answers part (or most, or the core) of your question. Then should you mark it as accepted? Or should you just ...
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How do people watch for new questions on Stack Exchange sites?

I'm curious as to how my questions seem to get answered so quickly on Stack Overflow! How do people watch for new questions on the Stack Exchange sites? Is there some sort of desktop widget which ...
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1answer
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Writing how the advice turned out

There are some SE sites, where an answer is obviously either correct or wrong (like math) and then there are some where there isnt a correct answer in principle (like codegolf) and some where the ...
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1answer
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20k users can vote to delete negatively voted accepted answers

20k users can vote to delete answers with a score of -1 or lower (at any time, I believe), but the voting lacks a check to see if the answer is an accepted answer. IIRC, accepted answers have to be ...
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1answer
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Someone answered a question, but which one?

I was away from stackoverflow.com for a few more hours than usual, and, when I turned up, I had a stack of notifications. One of them was that someone had answered a question of mine. By the time I'...
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16answers
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Do you ever not upvote a question that you answer?

Whenever I submit an answer (a real answer, not some @someone comment) I upvote the question. I generally do this because if the question is good enough to take time to answer it, it's good enough to ...
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Why shouldn't existing answers that don't match the typical pattern of good answers be skimmed only?

I understand generally one should read existing answers before giving another one. This can avoid duplicated answer, add more votes to them, and even when the existing answers miss your point, they ...
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How do I “answer” a feature request?

I regularly see feature requests on Meta, sometimes with heavily upvoted answers. A feature request is not really a question with an answer since the poster is asking for a feature to be added to the ...
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2answers
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How do I answer a bug report?

I regularly see bug reports on Meta, occasionally with heavily upvoted answers. When is it appropriate to answer a bug report? How would I write a good answer to a bug report? How could I write an ...
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4answers
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Subscribing to questions and comments that don't belong to you

There has been some discussion about getting notified on comments to questions or answers that don't belong to you, and the long-standing wish to be able to keep track of new answers or developments ...
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1answer
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What are ways to balance providing information / working with OP's ideas?

When answering a question in which the OP has run themselves down a bad path, one usually wants to "start over", and put them on the path they "should have done from the beginning." If the OP is ...
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1answer
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Add a button to scroll me to my answer if I view a question which I have previously answered

If I open a question that I have already answered, it would be nice if there was an icon or link telling me something along the lines of "You have posted an answer to this question." This would scroll ...
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1answer
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What should I do about “Learning Experience” Answers?

What I mean by "Learning Experience" Learning Experience answers are misguided in such a way that they generate useful negative feedback. They typically include a piece of information that is either ...
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1answer
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Contriving questions to fit answers [duplicate]

There have been a couple of questions here on meta asking about changing questions to fit existing answers. However, this presupposes the existence of a question for which there exists a question/...
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4answers
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Being the first person answering to a question [duplicate]

Stackoverflow seems to have roughly 30 new questions per 5 minues. But when I pick one of these questions to answer it, it takes some time to write a good answer, sometimes 10 or 20 minutes, and when ...
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1answer
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Stats about askers and answerers in Stack Exchange

How can I get the statistics data of how many people ask questions and how many answer here? I'm curious about the distributions and seeing if more people ask than answer.
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Is it possible to find answers by ID?

It's possible to find questions by ID by going to <site>/questions/<id> (which automatically redirects to <site>/questions/<id><question name>), but I don't know how to ...
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How do I see which of my questions are not accepted?

I want to quickly see all questions I have asked where I have not accepted an answer. How do I do this? Return to FAQ index
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Second question at top

Is there any way we can do or add the feature where we can choose what order our second (or more) answers appear in? I recently posted a second answer to a question but was annoyed when it drifted to ...
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1answer
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How do I link the Stack Exchange data together? [duplicate]

I was trying to link the Stack Exchange data together from the archive.org data dump as my college database subject project, but I can't understand how to link the Post and its answer. I tried to link ...
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Does Stack Overflow's voting UI encourage quick, poorly thought out answers? [closed]

I'm relatively new to Stack Overflow, but I've noticed one interesting element to the way the UI works. Often, the earliest answer that is somewhat correct begins to be voted up by the community on ...
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1answer
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Is copy-pasting your own answer between Stack Exchange sites appropriate?

I recently posted a question and self-answer on Stack Overflow. Because (in my opinion), it's the best contribution I have made to the site thus far, I would like to post it on other topic-appropriate ...
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How can I get answers fast?

How do I ask a question so that it can get a quick response? I see some of the questions are very old and still not answered, but some others get a very quick response. Return to FAQ index
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50answers
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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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1answer
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What is an acceptable answer?

I answered a question and my answer was: (pick one) Deleted Converted to a comment Added to my question as an edit Why was this? Why was my answer not acceptable? What is the definition of an ...
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Will making my question community wiki kill the incentive to post answers for it?

Most of the time, when I post questions, I try to remind myself that what I'm looking for is answers, not empty rep. As such, I'm in favor of turning the things that I post into community wiki's. ...
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Can mods see answer drafts from other users? [duplicate]

Yesterday I posted this answer, about 5 minutes after I clicked on the "Post Your Answer" button I got some comments from a mod. In one of them he said I had edited my answer in the first 5 minutes ...
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Are old, link-only answers not-an-answer?

Yesterday I stumbled upon this answer due to the question being bumped. It is, by the official definition, considered not an answer: If you strip the markup (link), you are left with NO useful ...
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What to do with an additional answer which IMHO explains only a small portion of the question, while another answer explains more

For the apple.stackexchange question "...how do I set the PATH environment variable unified..." a 2nd answer was given, which relates to the question, but IMHO does not answer a majority portion of ...
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Why it is not possible to answer a closed question? [duplicate]

What are the reasons why closed questions cannot be answered? (Particularly: closed as not a real question.)
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2answers
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Better introduction to voting for new users

My friend started using Stack Overflow, but I saw that in his questions he did not up-vote any answers; apparently he didn't realize he was supposed to. Proposition: Make it more obvious to new ...
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What is the correct way to handle “answer plagiarism”? [duplicate]

Example: User A gives a not-great but working answer User A gets upvotes User A gets accepted answer User B gives the quantifiably best possible answer User B gets more upvotes User A edits answer to ...
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Is this answer text with lots of extra characters above and below a bug or deliberately done?

I was reading the answers to this question and one of the answers were including some strange characters/contours. Does anyone know if this is a bug or not?