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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Do not recommend the “not an answer” flag for conversion to a comment

The official guidance for the “not an answer” flag reads: This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, ...
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6answers
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I thought I posted a good answer [closed]

Ok so I answered a question about PHP global variables, and my answer was right to the point and solved the OP's problem. I had two upvotes and the OP accepted my answer. However, maybe 3 hours later (...
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8answers
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How do I combine two answers to create the best answer on stackoverflow?

I just asked my first question on stackoverflow and I'm really impressed that my question seems to be answered sufficiently already! See: Width of an element accounting for quirks mode in javascript? ...
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1answer
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Does the OP of a question get a message in the inbox when I update my answer?

Does the OP of a question get a message in the inbox when I update my answer? Or do I have to make all the time a comment saying "@OP I updated my answer". (Its a bit annoying when there are a lot ...
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1answer
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Best answer versus best solution

I was recently in a bit of a quandary over which answer to accept to this question. Of the answers I got, two were the clear leaders and, of course, I up-voted both. Choosing a 'winner' was more ...
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1answer
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Why are there links to answers in the related questions list?

On two three of the four newest Meta questions, there are posts in the "related" section without a title: I was curious to see what that was, and the link was a link to an answer. Clicking the link ...
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1answer
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Accept Rate - Closed and “No Answer” questions should not count

I really like the "Accept Rate" feature. I think it will encourage folks to accept answers once they get a good one (though, hopefully they will not accept bad ones just to get their rate up). I ...
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3answers
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Show or mark that a question has no upvoted answers in the question listing

There's no visual difference in the question lists between those with upvoted answers and those with answers but not upvoted. Currently, if a question has no answers at all, you see this: If a ...
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1answer
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Extra square brackets and numbers when using automated link or add picture feature in questions and answers

I have recently noticed that when using the automated feature to add links, or to add images: That instead of getting: ![enter image description here][2] You get: [![enter image description here][...
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1answer
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How to deal with duplicate answers posted long after first answer(s)

I've been seeing this for a while now, especially on the android tag. A user will ask a question (usually very simple, and mostly a duplicate of older questions. But that's for another day). The ...
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7answers
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Using affiliate links in answer/question [duplicate]

In answering Learning Design for UI and Website Design I found myself linking to a lot of books at Amazon. Because it felt like an abuse I did not use my Amazon Associate link as a means to link to ...
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7answers
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Tags on answers

Sometimes an answer is very detailed and expands on the question. It would be good at this point to have separate tags for that answer. Maybe just 2 (giving a total of 7 when combined with the ...
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3answers
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How about hiding answer score for first few hours?

On Stack Exchange sites I have always felt answering in the right time can result in a good score. The first few answers always get some advantage. If the scores are hidden for some specific time (...
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2answers
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Is it fine to delete my answer and post new one in case I did something wrong, but due to fast downvoters I had no time to edit it?

I have met few problems when answering. My scenario: I answer question I'm testing some better solutions I'm just about to edit it because I know my first answer was wrong and it should be improved ...
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3answers
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My work has been deleted - how can we discourage that? [duplicate]

I answered a question and just after commenting "Yep that seems to be working! Thank you so much!" the question author deleted the question (and, thus, my answer). Is this behavior considered ...
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2answers
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Page without answer(s) in Stack Overflow

I read this great post, List of freely available programming books, in Stack Overflow. When I look at the 11th page, it looks like this; There are no answers on page 11. But page 11 exists. Is this ...
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0answers
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Allow an accepted answer to become unstuck after it is heavily downvoted [duplicate]

Background Accepted answers are useful to show which answer helped the OP the most and are likely to be helpful to others; therefore they show at the very top of the list of answers; irrespective of ...
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8answers
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Should you downvote an answer that “works” because it is not strictly “correct”?

A question is raised and two answers are posted: The first is a solution that adheres to best practice and industry convention The second uses a kludge to get the right result How should voters act ...
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0answers
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Linking to /?lastactivity breaks when that activity is on second or greater page [duplicate]

When viewing posts by recently active, the last action can generally be linked to directly by clicking the "answered/modified" link. For example, the "answered 5 hours ago" text circled here: ...
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3answers
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Are link-only answers poor practice? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? Are answers that consist solely or almost solely of a link poor practice? I mean, assuming ...
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4answers
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Is it appropriate to answer with a critique, feedback or advice that does not answer the question?

A question is asked by a newbie that contains some code that is a long way from 'best practice' code; it'll probably work but is inefficient, maybe buggy, or isn't going to work as well as it could. ...
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1answer
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But I don't wanna share

For some reason on my newest answer I have a box on the bottom asking me to share my answer on random social networks: None of my other answers have that little box.... How long does it stay there, ...
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2answers
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Should I copy my answer to a duplicate question to the original question?

I answered to first replacement of a string in a file using sed and it was marked as possible duplicate. Then I looked at How to use sed to replace only the first occurrence in a file? (the original ...
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3answers
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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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1answer
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Android App sometimes loses answer drafts [duplicate]

Often when I am writing an answer in the Android app I need to refer back to the question to confirm a point I have read, so I click the "back to question" button at top right. When I go back to the ...
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2answers
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When is it okay / not okay to unaccept an answer?

I recently had an answer I gave selected as The Answer to a question. A couple days later, the OP updated his question to ask a follow-up question, and revoked his selection of my answer. I.e. my ...
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4answers
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When to comment or answer [duplicate]

I was browsing through some StackOverflow posts, and I noticed that often, comments had small bug fixes indirectly unrelated to the question. However, in some of these cases, the small bug that the ...
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1answer
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Dealing with bundle/omnibus/list-of-questions question that consists of rather distinct questions [duplicate]

I have looked at the various help pages but I couldn't find a clear guideline for the following issue: often enough someone will ask in the same post (i.e. in the same SE-question) a whole bunch of ...
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3answers
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Limiting Self-Answers

After marveling at this thread, it occurred to me that there should be a limit on self-answers on non-wiki questions. This is mainly to protect the user from themselves so they can only use comments ...
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1answer
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How to choose which answer to accept? [duplicate]

I've been concerned about what answer to choose as accepted. I have asked two questions on Stack Overflow. On my second one, there are three answers, and I feel that one of them answers my question ...
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4answers
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Can I draw attention to a well deserving answer on my question? [duplicate]

Earlier today I posted this question which yielded a really well-done answer. I'd like to attract attention to this answer in the hope that the answer will get upvoted, as a kind of reward for the ...
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4answers
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Comments have become answers [closed]

It seems that more and more comments are becoming the place to put answers in. Since you cannot mark a comment as a correct answer you are losing that valuable flag. Also since new users cannot add ...
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1answer
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Ability to draw and add graphical illustrations, flowcharts, diagrams, etc

I think it would be a very useful and quality-improving feature. As for me, when I speak on something, I often have a visual representation of how it works, or something. It's obvious there are many ...
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1answer
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Why is it possible to answer a question twice? [duplicate]

You normally answer a question and you have the opportunity to answer again. The second time, a message is shown suggesting the use of the edit tool, but I think it's kind of wrong. I mean, if you ...
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4answers
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Should HTML comments be stripped when validating answer length?

This answer used an HTML comment to subvert the "Your answer is too short" error. Should HTML comments not be counted as part of the length of an answer? (Similar to how spaces aren't counted.)
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2answers
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Add option to not-bump question when editing/answering [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is there a way to edit a question without bumping it to the front page? Closes / Edits Should Not Bump Questions on “Recent” List Is “I’m tired of ...
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2answers
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Don't put heavily downvoted accepted answers at the top

Currently, accepted answers are automatically put at the top when sorted by any criteria, unless it's by the OP. If an accepted answer is wrong and has several more downvotes than the top-voted ...
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1answer
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“This is not a forum” notification if low-rep answer contains questionmarks

So new users are encouraged to ask their most likely separate question as a, you know, separate question.
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3answers
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Notify answer OP when answer is deleted

After hearing of 'answer deleting' going on from this question (which turned out to be a red herring), I realized that I would have no way of knowing if someone deleted my answer. This is the feature-...
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1answer
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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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11answers
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What will happen when all the possible answers are given to all possible questions?

What will happen when all the possible answers are given to all possible questions?
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9answers
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When is it acceptable to answer a question that wasn't asked?

I, personally, am a fan of answering the question asked verbatim, whether or not it seems to be the best approach to the implied problem. For example, a question asked for a regular expression to ...
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6answers
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Acceptable solution for 'answer copying'?

I am sure this scenario is familiar to all of you. You click an unanswered question and after reading the question, you want to help and answer. After you answered, you remain the first and only ...
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2answers
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Allow to submit an answer with ctrl+enter

As far as I can tell, whenever I try to submit an answer with CTRL + Enter, it doesn't work. As this is allowed on edits, reviews, and question asks I would be very happy to see this on answers too.
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3answers
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Will SO have a big issue in 'x' years time with a mass of now incorrect answers?

It is hard to see it not becoming what it is trying to fix (A repository of incorrect information). In 5 years, a lot of the top voted answers could evolve to be incorrect due to progressions in the ...
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3answers
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Can we have dates in the profile answer tab?

In a profile's questions tab I see a username and date for every question. Can we please have the same for the answers tab? From time to time I check the answers I gave that day and have to open ...
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4answers
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Should the official FAQ include information on how to answer as well as ask questions?

The StackOverflow FAQ includes a lot of information on how to ask questions and what questions to ask, but very little information on what makes a good answer. I often see answers (example) of the ...
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4answers
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Is it “breaking the rules” to downvote trivial answers?

I came across this answer earlier today, which I deemed trivial (all it gave was the solution, not an explanation of why it worked or how to prevent this from happening in the future, and was ...
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5answers
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Should I down-vote an answer that works but promotes bad practices?

Should an answer be down-voted even if it works but it promotes bad practices? Bad practices means it should never be done.
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6answers
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What is a “good” question/answer ratio?

(This is perhaps pretty close to Question/answer ratio etiquette in Stack Overflow? and maybe a few others...but it seems at least a smidge different than an "exact duplicate" to me...) It seems that ...