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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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Is it wrong to answer a 2 months old question that hasn't been answered properly?

I've come across a question about HTML on Stack Overflow, which hasn't been clearly answered, then, I decided to contribute and answer it. However, I didn't realize 2 months had passed since and I ...
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Improvements to handling questions with too many answers

I noticed something today on Software Engineering when dealing with an autogenerated moderator flag regarding "More than 10 answers posted to this question in the past 7 days". Mainly - this flag isn'...
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How can I view all of my answers that are quoted elsewhere in someone else's answer?

Recently I saw an answer from another user where they had quoted one of my answers within theirs. It felt nice. So that had me wondering, is there any way to see all my answers that are quoted ...
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How should I improve an answer to my own question?

Situation is as follows: I posted a question on Stack Exchange which, at the moment of the post, I did not know the answer to. Some answers were provided. One of them fits what I would define as good ...
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What to do if I find an answer, but I don't have permission to post from the author?

Last month I asked a question on Arqade about the luck-based Mario Party 2 minigame "Day at the Races". I wanted to know if each of the 4 selectable racers had an equal chance of winning. A few days ...
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Correct course of action when an answer is nearly word-for-word copied without attribution? [duplicate]

I was searching "C++ returning array from function" on Google when I noticed that the top two results - Stack Overflow and Tutorialspoint - had exactly the same short description beneath the ...
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Removing answers in mass - damaging the site - is that really acceptable?

At the moment over on Software Engineering StackExchange there is a user manually removing all of their positively-voted answers, seemingly for a laugh. I wholly support that the account is theirs and ...
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Is there a way to search questions only or answers only?

Is there a way to limit a search to questions only or answers only? Sometimes I am looking for specific questions, checking for duplicate questions or just simply searching for a problem, not a ...
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How to reply to meta questions?

What is the most appropriate way of responding to a meta post. For example, if someone has pointed out a bug, how does one reply to that. I don't normally answer questions as I am unsure what to put. ...
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Limit number of edits on a newly posted answer

Scenario: A new question is posted. Within 30 seconds of posting, there is a answer with a bare minimal/incomplete solution. Over the next two minutes, 5-6 edits are made to the answer, with each ...
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Enable Answer @replies to operate like Comment @replies

When a user posts an answer to a question and uses "@user" the user to whom they refer doesn't get a Notification, unlike comment @replies which does alert the user about the post. It would seem that ...
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Topbar overlaps help block when editing an answer

If you topbar has stickiness ability (this option is available for any Stack Overflow family site) then while you are on the editing an answer page the help block on the right hand side of the page is ...
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Notices are confusing on mobile web

Which answer does this notice belong to? If you said the one that starts with “possible”, you are wrong. The post notice belongs to the answer above that (not shown in the screenshot). It is ...
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SE paid membership with payout to users who answer questions [duplicate]

I use SE and SO a lot. I am so thankful for all the folks who volunteer their time to help me and answer my questions. While I want to, I rarely have time to give back by answering other folks' ...
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Shared IP Answer Ban workarounds? [duplicate]

I browse from a shared IP address (my university gives no other option) and I, for the first time ever, decided to answer a question on Stack Exchange. I have apparently been answer banned but I have ...
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Is “serial answering” permitted?

Suppose that you are on a user's profile and start to answer a handful of their questions with little delay between those answers. Is this behaviour acceptable? Will those answers get reversed, like ...
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Are hints rather than full answers for educating beginners allowed? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see beginners in a subject (it is apparent in the question) asking for solving some issue. My natural instinct is to guide them to resolving the problem themselves rather that just giving ...
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Question and all existing answers should be visible while answering

When there are 3 or more answers for a question adding a another answer becomes very difficult as the user has to scroll each time he wants to see the question. This hampers the speed of writing the ...
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Add detailed help for Stack Snippets to the editor's “Code” section and the advanced help

Stack Snippets are markedly under-documented. Please update the "Code" section of the help you get when you click the (?) icon in the editor, as well as the advanced help, to provide detailed ...
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Was the sorting changed? [duplicate]

I just saw a few questions where the accepted answer was not the top answer when sorting by votes. I think that was always the case a few days ago. Did the sorting system change?
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Feature to mark a favorite answer [duplicate]

Just like we get to mark questions as favorites, is there any scope/relevance of being able to mark individual answers as favorites as well. Of course, there is an indirect way to do that by 'upvoting'...
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Please extend the automatic slow-down system to also apply to answers

A couple of years ago a rolling rate limit was added that limited the number of new questions a brand new user could ask, and adjusted that limit based on the feedback they were getting. It was there ...
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Why was a useful answer that clarified the use case of the question deleted? [closed]

In this question, there is a comment asking the motivation/use case of the question. So I (who asked the question) added an answer to clarify that. But unfortunately, it was deleted, under the ...
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How should I handle link-only answers pointing to another Stack Exchange site?

On Super User, I saw an answer that points to an answer on Stack Overflow: brew install wkhtmltopdf fails. I documented on StackOverflow the correct way to install wkhtmltopdf using Homebrew ...
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Best practices for partial answers

I see a lot of sites where one of the arguments for answers-as-comments is that the people writing answers-as-comments don't have a complete answer, but a partial answer that might be useful to ...
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1answer
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If I worked out a problem I coudn't find answered directly, how do I post my solution?

I had a MySQL problem I was trying to solve, had a hard time figuring out how to frame a question, got close, but never asked a question and I never did find my exact situation addressed. After a ...
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Able to answer closed question if I was offline when the question was closed [duplicate]

On the RPG stack exchange, this question specifically: What is the fineness (purity) of gold coins in D&D? I was able to answer the question 10 minutes after it had been closed. I had begun ...
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Crediting commenters in the answer

Sometimes suggestions from comments get incorporated into the accepted answer. In such scenario it is common to mention the commenter who provided some useful input. Usually such mention is in a form "...
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Do 10k+ users see the pings if they were already deleted? Do mods see them? [duplicate]

Consider the following scenario: User A writes a comment to User B, or answers the question of User B. This could ping user B, i.e. (s)he would see the comment in his inbox. However, User B is not ...
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Why do people delete their answer when criticised?

I have encountered this behavior multiple times when asking questions on Stack Overflow. There are times when I get sloppy, poor answers to my questions. When I start explaining (in comments) why ...
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Find own answers in somebody else's deleted questions

I could make use of my own older post but I cannot find it neither in my answer list nor in my deleted answer list (https://stackoverflow.com/search?q=user%3Ame+deleted%3A1+is%3Aanswer). I have a ...
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1answer
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Is it a good practice to browse for questions and upvote the answers which are really good even if they already have upvotes? [duplicate]

I am thinking if this practice would help the really good answers stand out even more and maybe people would be helped by this by having the high vote answers stand out.
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When are we going to get the ability to favourite answers? [duplicate]

Please don't mark this as a dupe until you've read the entire question. Once you have, see here for why it isn't a duplicate. This question was originally posted on superuser.stackexchange before ...
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How to resurface questions that weren't answered [duplicate]

I'm sure that someone has brought this up before, but I can't find it. On some stack exchange sites, particularly smaller ones, not all questions get answered straight away. This means that a question ...
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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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Explicit citations and references in questions and answers on Stack Exchange websites

Most of the answers (and questions) on Stack Exchange websites do not cite external resources or references (papers, official websites regarding a specific topic, Wikipedia, etc.), like for example ...
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What should I do if I find a better solution to a question I've already answered? [duplicate]

Three months ago, I posted an answer to How to unlink my Documents folder from my OneDrive account?. My answer was upvoted, and is currently marked as the accepted answer. In the past week, I've ...
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Queries on “Answer Ratio” towards the site graduation

Let, "Answer Ratio" = AR Answers are deleted due to lack of sources & low quality. Are those counted in the AR, which has to be minimum 2.5 as per the area 51? Do votes to existing answers matter,...
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I found a question's answer posted on an external forum. What should I do?

While browsing questions on Stack Overflow, I managed to find the answer to well-received unanswered question on the AutoHotkey Forums. The answer is fairly well written, and includes both a code-...
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User activity timeline

Is there a timeline where users can see their answers based on dates? If not, where's the appropriate place to propose this feature? Here?
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I was posting an answer, but it ended up appearing twice under a different question - bug?

I was posting an answer to this question. Something strange happened that I do not understand (involving me clicking the go back button of my browser somehow) and now the answer appears TWICE under ...
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Using some information word for word from one answer to another?

I've recently seen two questions, in which are not duplicates, but have some similarities. I have answered one of the questions already, but the answer that I wrote contains a paragraph or two that I ...
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Can we have a feature to shorten answers? [duplicate]

Some questions solicit, by their nature, have many answers. For example Showcase of Languages or Examples of common false beliefs in mathematics. Could we have a feature to hide comments, and shorten ...
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Should I downvote when a better answer is available?

The Situation A question has two or more answers. One answer (answer A) is either marked by the questioner or has a lot of upvotes. Another answer (answer B) is, in my estimation, better in some ...
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Etiquette for answering your own question with an answer inspired by another answer

This will probably get closed immediately as a duplicate, but I have read Etiquette for answering your own question and other similar questions, but didn't see this get addressed directly (though I ...
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Add number of answers to linked/related questions [duplicate]

When navigating the site, you can see linked and related questions at the right hand side: The number refers to the net score of the question, whereas the color refers to whether an answer has been ...
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Can we have a “read more” thing?

Some questions get too many long answers, and it makes scrolling to the bottom of the page very difficult. For example, consider this question on ELU Meta, which is an effort to preserve all relevant ...
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Question deletion doesn't notify users composing an answer

I was just writing an answer to a quickly-deleted question. When you are writing an answer to a question that gets closed, your Post Your Answer gets disabled. When you are writing an answer to a ...
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Is it better to submit temporary fix/answer as an answer or edit it in the question

Is it reasonable to answer your own question with a temporary solution? I have a solution that kind of works, but it is lacking some "features". Or otherwise, put the solution in the question? If so, ...
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Should I post another answer if it is different from my other one? [duplicate]

I've just stumbled upon this situation: Background I saw a question and posted my answer. It's got some upvotes. Some comments were made on my answer stating that it isn't the best solution (and I ...