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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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Does Stack Overflow's voting UI encourage quick, poorly thought out answers? [on hold]

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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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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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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Add a button to scroll me to my answer if I navigate to a question that I have already answered

If I open a question that I have already answered, I think it is better to show some icon or link telling me something like, "You have posted an answer to this question." This will scroll me directly ...
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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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What should I do if my question doesn't get replies? [duplicate]

I posted a question, it didn't get any replies, and it moved to the second page. So, if my question goes unanswered, what should I do?
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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!!
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Partial answer deleted as not an answer re: Medieval law and a tabletop role-playing game [migrated]

In the following question: Does Common Law apply to Nobles? The OP asks about applying a certain section of medieval law to the Warhammer Fantasy setting. I understood this to be a question about ...
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Special acknowledgement and collection of extraordinary answers

I have just read an answer on Earth Science which left me with the feeling that we all have had on occasion: I wish I could upvote this more than once. It would be nice if there was a mechanism to ...
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Someone answered my question and then deleted it, but I need his/her answer

I asked a question here, a while ago. Someone answered my question and actually his/her answer was helpful and I was studying it, but then she/he deleted the answer! How can I figure out who answered? ...
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Top of answer covered by sticky top bar after clicking direct link… if it's a short answer just near enough to the bottom of the page

I thought this was resolved after my other question was status-completed, but I just saw it again. This is the first time that I've seen it since then, so it only happens in very specific ...
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Display minutes in the “answered X hours ago” item

If I get more than one correct answer, I want to accept the earlier one. When both answers are posted at the same hour, the site displays something like "answered 2 hours ago." I have no way to ...
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Is it ok to answer questions with just a link [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? Why is linking bad? Is it okay to answer questions like this (name blanked out): The ...
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How to choose between several incomplete answers?

If I asked a question (namely this one), and the solution I end up using is a combination of some of the answers, and another answer explains why it is correct, How to choose the answer to accept? ...
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Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions?

It annoys me when people post answers to obviously off-topic questions like this one, especially after those questions have already received several close votes. Migrations seem to happen rather ...
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2018: a year in asking and answering

After 2018: a year in closing and 2018: a year in spam it seems natural to look at the questions and answers. What trends do we find there?
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Was my answer really twice as good? (doubled “Good Answer” badge)

Yesterday I was awarded the same silver Good Answer badge twice. For the same post, about 5 minutes apart: Both links lead to the same answer post. The timestamps are just under 5 minutes apart, at ...
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Question protection should block low-rep users with existing answers on the thread

On Physics SE, I just came across a surprising case which looked like a user with 1 rep posting an answer a year after the question was protected. Upon some investigation, I found that they'd posted ...
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What about the possibility of answering and closing a question just afterward?

I have just seen someone who answered a question, closed it just afterward and got +10/+15 of rep (at the moment). What is the problem? No problem with the fact of being in the position of judge ...
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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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Vote to delete answers

Why aren't answers held to the same rules as questions? Answers can only be flagged, or voted upon. We see many examples of new-to-Stack Overflow-users posting comments, questions, and follow-...
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How do I properly use the “Not an Answer” flag?

What is the "Not an Answer" flag and what is its purpose? When should I use this flag? When should I not use this flag? But I'm still not sure if I'm using the flag correctly... An answer is "Not an ...
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Diminishing returns / non-linear reputation from “great” answers

Over time I realized a very annoying property of the Stack Overflow reputation system: Easy answers to popular question are rewarded with a lot more reputation points than actually great answers. In ...
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The answer box should not be at the bottom

The answer box is at the bottom of all answers. If someone has to answer a question he/she has to browse through all the previously written answers. If someone is interested to see others' answers ...
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30 answers ought to be enough for anybody

There is one mechanism currently that discourages too many answers on one question, and that is the autocommunitywikification after 30 (on some sites only 15) answers. This is an ugly and ineffective ...
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Highly upvoted but has 1 rep? [duplicate]

I searched for an answer using the title of this question on Meta.Workplace and on Meta.SE but nothing came up. This answer has been upvoted a lot. But the person that wrote the initial answer only ...
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Question asked by same person (and answered) on different site - how should it be answered

At this question (and a number of others with similar tags), a SE question has been answered elsewhere on a domain-specific non-SE Q&A site. Indeed, the same user acknowledges posting both places ...