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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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If votes works differently on meta sites how does that of accepting answers work?

In the faq of meta sites you can read something like the following: Voting here works a bit differently from other Stack Exchange sites. On Meta Stack Overflow, voting is used to express ...
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Etiquette: When is it ok to edit your answer to include information from someone else's?

I have been following this question with interest - History of public/private/protected - and noticed that shortly after a new answer was posted by Neil Butterworth, one of the original answers was ...
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How do top users have time to answer several thousand questions? Do they get paid for that?

I can see top users who have reputation upwards of 300,000. For example: jon-skeet - 341K reputation. Answered 15194 questions (so far). marc-gravell -249K reputation. Answered 8327 questions (so ...
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Hide votes for answers for the first few minutes? [duplicate]

I think it would be useful to hide votes on existing answers for the first X minutes of a question's life. Early answers have a higher chance of being upvoted, so if you're ten minutes late to the ...
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On incorporating other people's answer to make your own answer awesomer

I believe this is encouraged, but I'd just like an explicit permission. Suppose my answer is highly voted, and therefore quite prominent on top by that sorting criteria. Say later another person ...
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Revisit favorite answers feature request

From what I can tell, this was first suggested in July 2009. And there is no shortage of duplicates since. I found at least eight (all marked and closed as duplicate, the latest one being in July 2013)...
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Answers to the closed questions

I think it's a bug when a closed question gets an answer. You can see here what I mean. An answer is posted a minute after the question is closed. I understand the idea, that user probably had ...
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Can there be a badge encouraging answering a certain ratio of questions?

Can we encourage answering questions? When i see a profile like this one I start to think. Should we be encouraging answering questions to some ratio? Maybe a badge if you have 2:3 answers to ...
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RTFM-like answers: Flag them or allow them?

If an answer essentially tells the OP to "Read the ¤cough¤ Fine Manual", should we flag it? I'm not talking about rude answers (that's a given), but answers like "Look up X in the Y" (and maybe don't ...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics results: In which ways do unregistered users participate?

Source: In which ways do unregistered users participate? Data source: February 6, 2012 NDA dump The results here are only for StackOverflow, as it pretty well dominates the network. The final month ...
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“Don't just link to jsfiddle.net” hint sometimes hinders answering the questions

Recently I found a new hint when answering the questions in SO, saying: Please make your answer complete by including relevant, formatted code inline (don't just link to jsfiddle.net). In one ...
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What to do with the question if the problem turns out to be something irrelevant

What to do when: You have a problem you can not solve. You post a question to one of StackExchange sites. Describe in detail the situation which produces the problem. People start posting answers, ...
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If your answer is right, but it's late, should you delete it?

If I'm writing a response and when I click post, there are 0 (or, even for argument, 1) answers to a question, and my answer is right (perhaps even the same as another answer), should I delete my ...
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When should I add another answer? [duplicate]

I have been member of SO for 4 months. I have a question regarding some functionality. Whenever I give an answer to a question, there is functionality given Add Another Answer. I can comment on my ...
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What to do when you realize you've stepped into the quicksand?

I answered this question this morning. At the time (and having only the question itself as a reference) it seemed like one of those simple things where a newer programmer might not quite get what ...
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Question closed while composing an answer

I was lucky enough to get the update message "This question was closed, new answers will not be accepted" (paraphrased) while composing an answer to this question. This is an extremely unpleasant ...
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Adding someone else's answer to your own to make a better answer

If you have answered a question and then later read another answer that is also correct, or another way of doing it, is it good/fair/bad to edit your answer to incorporate the other answer, so there ...
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Remove “accepted answer” feature for community wiki's

PROPOSAL... Remove the "Accepted Answer" feature from community wiki posts. Since the community votes for the best answers, the answer with the highest votes should be considered the answer. So let ...
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Should easy questions be left for beginners? That is, beginners like answering questions too?

It may already have been established (and I agree) that easy questions are welcome and valid ( Closing 'easy' questions - yes or no? ) but... Is there an argument for encouraging beginners to ...
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Ripping off answers from comments [duplicate]

There are a lot of questions which have (often enough) complex and good answers in comments, which should really be posted as answers. A good example is here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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Should an answer contain a SSCCE

When answering a question today on SO, I was asked for a SSCCE. I know it is good practice to have a question with an SSCCE, but how about answers? As far as I know, an answer doesn't have to provide ...
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Shouldn't there be more incentive to accept an answer?

This is frustrating for new users. I've answered tons of questions thoroughly and correctly, and I've often been the only person to answer. However, these users (usually new or low rep) don't return ...
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What is the best practice 'etiquette' to tell an answer is outdated and should be updated?

Due to changes in technologies, many answers were outdated. However, these answers were very good for the past, and they might also be useful for the same cases, but not for most. An example is a ...
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Deleting my own bad answer or comment

Consider the following scenario please: I see a question and think I have a good answer or comment. I post my answer or comment and move on happily. After couple of hours I see comments that my ...
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How do you sort the answers to a question by number of votes per answer?

It seems like answers are normally sorted by number of votes, but I just found a question on StackOverflow that doesn't seem to be: What is the single most influential book every programmer should ...
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Accepting a comment which automatically transforms into an answer, to save time and money?

I asked a question some time ago: How do I get a date or datetime out of an SQLite3 row? The comment was the holy answer, and I'd like to accept it as good answer. However, I can only accept answers. ...
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What should I do with automatic flags about identical posts?

Sometimes I find automatic flags about identical answers (I guess they are automatic, as I am not a moderator, and there isn't a flagging reason for identical answers). For example, the following flag ...
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Keeping Answers Up-to-Date - A Suggestion

As I understand, one of the main reasons of being able to edit answers is to keep them up-to-date as technology changes. However, it seems as if while this is a goal, it's not being done very well (...
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Automatically delete negatively-scored answers after a time

Downvoted, unanswered questions have been subject to automatic deletion for a long time. The same is not true of downvoted answers. On Super User, we have almost ten thousand non-accepted negatively-...
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Can Community ♦ raise a duplicate content flag when an answer is deleted and re-posted as a new answer?

I haven't seen this behavior out in the wild much, but it happened again recently and I was wondering if a flag could be automatically raised when this happens: User posts answer Answer is down voted ...
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Un-fade low-score answers on rollover or click

Answers with low scores are faded out. This is good. However, it would be nice to have the ability to temporarily un-fade such answers should we want to have an easier time reading them (for example, ...
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Comment promoted to answer

I run into this question with rather simple solution which was placed as the first comment by SuperScript user. Two minutes after this, another user literally copied this single sentence comment into ...
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Option to delete an answer only visible after a reload

I used to be able to cast the first downvote on an answer with zero-score and then immediately click the delete link under the answer. Now, I cast the first downvote and then need to refresh the page ...
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Submitting an answer to a closed question

Recently, (on meta), I was able to answer this question 30 seconds after it was closed. Close time: 2013-12-05 02:37:22Z Answered at: 2013-12-05 02:37:52Z This is fine. It is not a bug, rather it ...
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View my answers to questions with no accepted answer

Somewhat related to View my questions with unaccepted answers, but from the other end. Can we have a filter option for our answers (that we have posted to another user's questions) to only show our ...
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Show me whether I've answered a question or not

Frequently I see a question that I think I've answered before but I'm not really sure. This happens when searching for duplicates and when viewing questions that come up in searches. If my answer ...
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Is it OK to copy parts of an answer from one SE site to an answer on another SE site?

I flagged this answer earlier with a custom reason explaining that the code had simply been copied from an answer to a similar question on another SE website. The author of the newer answer has ...
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How should answers that link to duplicate questions be handled?

Every now and again, I find someone has posted an answer to a new question that points to an older question that is an exact duplicate. In other words, the question is a duplicate, but the poster has ...
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Show other accepted answers in Recent Activity

I can find similar requests to this, but nothing quite the same. Basically, I'd like to know (via Recent Activity) if a question that I answered gets an Accepted Answer that wasn't mine. This is ...
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Allow locking of answers

Locking of questions is currently in place, and is typically used in cases like halting edit wars. However, instead of locking an entire question and its answers, I think that it would also be ...
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Notification of question closure whilst answering

I'm quite new to Stack Overflow but enjoying the experience. Had one annoying moment the other day spending a few minutes mocking up a test case and composing an answer, to find in the mean time the ...
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Are collaborative answers discouraged?

I'm not sure why this proposed edit was rejected; the reason selected was "this edit changes too much in the original post" but I wouldn't have thought that would apply when my original version of the ...
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Notification bar intermittently displays a blank space

I came across this bug a few weeks ago using Firefox 3.6: sometimes, when a notification should appear, the space for the bar is carved out at the top of the screen but doesn't get filled with ...
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Delay the appearance of “Have you considered accepting …” message

On june 6th I posted this question. After about ten days, someone posted an answer. This was (at the time I'm writing this) thirteen hours ago. When I logged onto stackoverflow this morning, the first ...
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Best way to minimize captcha interruption

My internet connection is terrible, and there's not much I can do about that. When I get captcha-ed, I may loose up to minutes just waiting for the HUGE foreground image to load, and then the captcha ...
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Proper way to correct a mistaken answer

I should have known better, but I answered a question too quickly and without fully thinking -- a silly mistake -- and I provided the wrong answer. I realized my mistake moments later and deleted my ...
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Referencing other answers - acceptable or not?

Is it acceptable to reference another answer in my own, like so: (-some user-)'s answer sums it up, I just wanted to emphasize/add (-some clarification-) Or is it preferred that I edit the ...
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Real random ordering of answers

Reading good questions with lots of answers can be a lot of fun, but I always feel that there must be so many good answers buried in there, written by people that simply came too late. When there are ...
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Add optional box for NAA flags letting you say why you think it's NAA

This is the same request as Add optional box for spam flags letting you say why you think it's spam, but for Not An Answer flags, and for much the same reasons. It may well be that it would be best to ...
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Deleting a bad answer & posting new vs editing

If I post an answer to a question that isn't a great answer in some way, and a downvote brings it to my attention, what should I do? My instinct would be to delete the old answer and post a new one ...