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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Answers to deleted questions should not be allowed or be deleted with the question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Buried but not dead I recently added an answer to a question that, unbeknownst to me, had been deleted while I was writing my answer. It seems to me that it shouldn't be ...
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When and how to help someone in over their head

I just answered a question on Stack Overflow. It was asked by someone that was clearly in over their head: "How do I add an if statement to this code? ...[insert code sample from order processing ...
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Is “too complex” grounds for not accepting an answer?

I recently asked this questions on Mathematics.SE. At the end I put this after asking for an explanation for the answers. I don't think that it is too unreasonable to say that if I can't understand ...
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Finding potential new users based on reputation from answers?

Is it a good idea to show reputation without the +100 association bonus, in the new user's tab? Specifically in smaller sites, not only would it be easier to visualize who is contributing the most to ...
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Return reputation from answers & get a permalink of the results in the Stack Exchange Data Explorer

How do I get a link to send to someone, so even non-logged in users can see the results directly: ...without needing to click "Run Query" or anything? Is there any way to get reputation from only ...
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Is it possible to transfer ownership of an answer? [duplicate]

I often get the result of my questions via a couple of comments (because the other person is too humble to write it as answer?). In some cases, several comments together make a worthy answer. Thus, ...
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About the bounties of an unanswered question

After setting bounty to a question, if the question remains unanswered till the end of the bounty period. Why the bounties are not refunded as there is no one to award? Or why there is not a ...
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How to ask for further clarification when I can’t comment [duplicate]

How to ask further clarification, or to point out that the answer shown, even if once correct, is not correct anymore? I can’t comment as I don’t have 50 reputation.
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Discouraging repwhoring - Reverse rep from answers posted shortly before the question gets closed

TL;DR I'm proposing the following: When someone posts an answer and the corresponding question is closed within a certain amount of time after that, then, for certain close reasons, all rep gained ...
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Can we flesh out /help/someone-answers a bit more?

I recently encountered a case where someone - a new user who didn't know any better - serially upvoted the answers of a user who'd answered their question. After they mentioned this in chat, they were ...
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Do we have liberty or limitation to answer in Stack Overflow? [closed]

Today I got into a situation while answering a question on Stack Overflow and choose to answer with all the etiquette I know. Simultaneously I got a comment on my answer saying "it's the same answer", ...
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Convert non-answers into new questions?

We see a lot of occasions where a new user posts an answer when in fact they should be asking a question; for example here or here. Given that: we want to make life as comfortable as possible for ...
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Answer Box Not Showing [duplicate]

Why is it that whenever I decide to answer some question on Stack, some of the questions do not pop answer box for me to contribute in the solution? Do I need reputations even to answer a question!!