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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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Why are quote-only answers not helpful?

There are many questions addressing link-only answers: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really "good answers"? Why is linking bad? Can I copy content from third party sources ...
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Insightful Questions and Answers? [duplicate]

Have there been any SE questions and answers that have truly advanced some discipline or area of study? What I mean by truly is formally, or significantly... I'm looking for questions that are ...
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How should I vote on heavily edited answers?

While the underlying policy for voting seems quite clear I am not sure how to judge answers that were initially not helpful but then went through a rewrite by an editor. For example I was reading a ...
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Can all “high activity” sites have the same score threshold for blurring of downvoted answers on their Metas?

In response to this old feature request to lower the score threshold at which answers are blurred here on Meta SE, @Shog9 replied (emphasis mine): I've lowered the threshold to -8 for consistency ...
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Add a message when posting to old questions with more than N answers

On Software Engineering I've been adding a message along these lines to old(ish) questions that have enough answers to be CW if they start getting new answers. Please read all of the existing ...
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What are the different ways to mark the asked question as solved? [duplicate]

I want to know what are the ways to mark an asked question solved? If someone has answered correctly and solved my doubt, then how do I mark it as my answer to question and also mark the whole ...
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What should we do when the top answer is out of date and the edit review queue is full? [duplicate]

Recently I came across a small, but meaningful JavaScript question: Is there any functions like Promise.all() but that runs all promises even after one fails? It was closed as a duplicate, and that ...
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Incorrect banner for highly active question [duplicate]

I have 71 reputation points on superuser.com but still don't have ability to answer on the question Logitech M705 left mouse button doesn't stay down when pressed and see the following banner: ...
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Two answers from the same user on the same question

I don't know what happened here, but it seems that the question has two answers from the same user. Is that supposed to be possible? Why?
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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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Why can you not answer a question more than once? [closed]

When you have a question, and you have multiple suggestions, you have to put it in the same answer. Why can't SE sites allow you to answer a question more than once?
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What is the proper capitalization of “Question” and “Answer”?

Basically, I've been capitalizing Question and Answer when referring to Stack Exchange Questions and Answers - that is, the pieces of content on the site - to distinguish them from just questions and ...
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Let new-comers know what they should know

I would like to focus two things here: Neither the Tour, nor Ask A Question, shows What the question poster should when someone answers their question? which most of the new comers often don't know ...
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“An error occurred submitting the answer.” when I tried to answer my own question

I had a question in Unix and Linux Stackexchange: Zorin OS boots into emergency mode I was able to find out the problem after some time and decided to answer my own question. Here is the answer that ...
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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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What is the opposite of the XY problem?

There is the XY problem, where a solution for X is wanted, but a question about Y is asked. I think there's also the problem of the assumed XY problem, where a question about Y is asked, but X is ...
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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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How to get only accepted answer in return from the Stack Exchange API?

I found out that I could get only accepted questions from Stack Overflow using this API call. But now I want only the accepted answer to be part of the returned object; I don't need other answers. I ...
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Answering questions that haven't been asked [duplicate]

I'm a frequent user of Math SE and I've been working to understand something for the past week that I really struggled with. What's more is that I wasn't able to find a good thread on Math SE on this ...
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Answered question displaying as modified [duplicate]

I answered a question this morning on bicycles.se, then went to make a small edit to my answer which I reconsidered and cancelled by pressing cancel. I have made no other edits or additions to the ...
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Showing Links to Answers

Is there a trick to showing links to answers? I notice that they all have a distinct id, so it’s 90% in place already. Sometimes it would be helpful link to an answer rather than a question. I have a ...
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Life isn't fair [duplicate]

Recently I answered two questions on SO: The first is a completely trivial answer to a really basic question (kind of "read the manual and follow the one liner example there"). On the other hand, my ...
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Can Community Moderators and StackOverflow employees post answers on closed questions?

Since this doesn't appear to have been asked before: Can Community Moderators (and other Stack Overflow employees) post answers on Questions that have been closed? This would cover either manually ...
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Should I flag answers consisting only of “No” or “Yes”?

As I hang out on ServerFault more I'm noticing lots of questions that get only "Yes" or "No". I think this is a worthless, rep-grab answer. They are especially worthless when they were able to post "...
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Active/Oldest/Votes showing with just one answer

This SO question: Is this "elision failure" language-mandated? currently has one answer (by @NicolBolas). But above that answer and to the right I see a selection box with three buttons: "...
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A method for the OP to accept comments?

Question: What if the author of a question can accept a comment? The problem: Time and time again, answers are posted as a comment. Usually, the person who commented has the best of intention (e.g. ...
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No notification received for new answer

I posted a bug just now (Referenced topic isn't automatically shown in the Linked section on the ELL site?) and then I guess I encountered another one. Usually, after someone else answered my ...
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Which answer should I mark as correct - the first comments or the first answer?

After asking Player disappears when it collides with a tagged object, one user, in the comments section, asked one question and, with my answer, he asked another question and added a consideration ...
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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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How often do questions get answered after they got closed?

As most of us know, there is a grace period for users who started to write an answer and the question got closed. This grace period is set to 4 hours server-side. In the web interface though sending ...
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Why doesn't the active answer tab include upvotes activity?

For example, if we upvote this answer, it doesn't affect that. It will be useful in some answers like this that got less attention because it is not shown at the top.
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What to do if an out of date question+answers already exists?

What should you do if a question has already been asked and answered, but both the question and the answer are now out of date? (in this case due to updates to jQuery). Is it okay to make a new ...
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Once it has been answered, how can I get more attention, especially if all the answers have a score < 0? [duplicate]

How would I produce an integer from a float in the sense of removing the decimal point, despite floating-point precision errors? I asked that question. It got bad answers that did not fully answer ...
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Should my answer be more succinct or more verbose? [closed]

I often wonder whether my short, concise answers are more appropriate than answers that are more long-winded and explanatory. Should I answer the question and explain why, or should I simply answer ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Filtering out answered questions on main feed

I'd like to be able to view the main feed (which filters out uninteresting questions) while also filtering out already answered (with accepted answers) questions. I happen to get into questions a lot ...
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Why do some people answer in comments?

Why do some people post comments that are actually answers to the question? Wouldn't posting an answer be better?
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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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