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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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How to deal with an answer deleted and reintroduced in order to got rid of down-votes?

Here's the situation: User provides a lengthy answer which is moderately down-voted by the community Hoping to get rid of the doom of down-votes, user deletes the answer and introduces a new one, ...
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How can I share an unfinished answer without using the Sandbox?

Occasionally, when I find myself working on a particularly lengthy answer, I'll want to share my answer with a friend or college to ask questions or receive feedback before posting. My typical ...
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Should I accept technically correct answer or the answer which is the solution for me? [duplicate]

I asked the following question. How to close a website for a few months without affecting SEO? It got two answers. Answer 01 :How to close a website for a few months without affecting SEO? Answer ...
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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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Should my minorly wrong answer be replaced or appended with my improved answer?

In this question, I will be focusing on this answer as an example. So someone asked a question regarding layouts with CSS, and someone gave a solution to do with Flexbox. Now, the answer technically ...
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Marking whether you answered a question or not

The Community bot will automatically bump old, unanswered questions to the main site. I often see a question I could answer, but when I go to write it, I sometimes notice that I already answered it. ...
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Should an answer be downvoted because the question is considered badly formatted?

I am referring to this answer I gave on English.SE, but I am interested in a general answer (since I browse many SE sites). I cannot find an existing question about this on meta. Most results I find ...
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Can I mark an answer as a workaround instead of an accepted answer?

I recently submitted a question. No one posted an answer to my question, but someone posted a workaround that was sufficient for me in this particular case. Is it possible to mark his answer as a '...
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What to do if an answer doesn't provide the answer you are looking for, but does give you the tools you need to answer it yourself

I posted this question last week: first-order binding kinetics with multiple identical binding sites The answer given only partially answers the questions I asked, but it did give me the missing ...
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Answering part of a question

Sometimes, a single question on SO may actually be composed of 2 or more smaller and closely related questions. The current example I'm thinking of is this one: std::move into static_pointer_cast: Why ...
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In general should problems you might have with a question's answer belong in the comment section or in a new answer?

In general should problems you might have with a post's answer belong in the comment section or in a new answer. Specific example a question's answer comes to the correct conclusion, but is filled ...
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Should downvoting (or points lost) have a lower limit per answer?

I saw this solution with -36 votes , and I thought it was a bit harsh. Once the answer is in negative territory, it's quite obvious the community doesn't support the answer... what is the driver for ...
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How do I attract attention to a new answer to an old question? [duplicate]

I've answered a question asked several years ago, and my answer is half-contradictory of the accepted answer (which I believe overlooked many things). Not much time has passed yet, but let's assume ...
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Is it a bad practice to make assumptions in order to answer a question?

There are always going to be those low quality questions that have a few gaps in the question and are quite often down-voted for this reason. A few times I have tried to understand these poor (often ...
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1answer
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Answering a question on a meta site with 30+ answers shouldn't tell me I can edit existing answers

The Programming Puzzles & Code Golf meta site has a sandbox for proposing new questions; as such, it has a lot of answers. If I press "Answer This Question", I get an alert warning me about the ...
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May I improve the logic which is out of scope of the question? [duplicate]

Suppose a user posts a programming question in SO with 20 lines of code. Sometimes, I can give a solution to what was asked with a single line change, but I know that the overall approach is not ...
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Protected questions and overall SO network reputation [duplicate]

I recently wanted to give an answer on an SO platform, but instead had to write a comment. The weird thing is, that I think the comment would have been a decent answer, which in turn could bump me ...
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Is there any point in answering a question when there is already a better answer?

There are some cases when you get to a question that already has a similar answer to the one that you thought you would give. Should you answer anyway? Reinforce the best answer with comments? What ...
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I posted a question on Aviation. Can I also ask it on Physics and Engineering?

I asked a question on Aviation. I think that also Physics users and Engineering users should be able to easily see my question; they may be interested to answer or to write some comment that could be ...
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Is a “sum up” answer with little to no added value worth flagging?

I've read everything I found on this topic but nothing addressing this particular issue: There's a popular question with a popular and accepted answer that correctly answers the question asked and ...
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Don't set minimum bounty to 100 when own answer is community wiki

If you have answered your own question, and want to start a bounty on it, you must start at 100 rep instead of the default 50, because: To avoid overly promotional bounties, if you are offering a ...
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How do I understand answers which are too difficult to understand?

I have found this site to be extremely useful but limited in a way. Often the questions which I ask have comparatively easier solutions but the answers which I receive involve high level concepts ...
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Is it OK to write a new answer after I deleted a downvoted one earlier on?

I answered a question in a rush recently. For good or bad, the answer received a downvote quickly. I deleted the answer soon thereafter... but kept thinking about the question during the weekend. Now ...
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Why is answer sorting messed up? [duplicate]

Answers are not ordered by 1) accepted 2) upvotes anymore. Why not? It is a pain to have to scroll through 0 upvote answers only to find one with 40 upvotes at the bottom of the page.
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Answering community wiki question

According to answer to the post What are “Community Wiki” posts?: An answer posted to a community wiki question will also be community wiki. What is the reason to make answer community wiki ...
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Why does the review audit mention “Voting to close” for an answer?

I just passed a review audit in the First Posts review. I passed it on an "I'm having this problem too" answer by downvoting it. Where it says that I passed the audit, it lists a few appropriate ...
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New pointless answers

I recently answered a question on Stack Overflow only to see 5 minutes later that 4 people had just posted the exact same solution a few minutes later (without any in depth explanation). What should I ...
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1answer
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Bounty: Should I award it to the only answer I have got? [duplicate]

I have received only one answer during the bounty period. The answer is good enough in the sense that I'll choose that path if that's really the last thing in the world I can do about it. Should I ...
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Is cross-posting an answer to similar questions on different Stacks acceptable?

To serve as a complimentary discussion to: Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site? At times the same question will asked on ...
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1answer
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Would encouraging votes on new answers improve chronology independence?

Chronology Independence is a concept I'm introducing related to the correlation between answer popularity and the order and gaps in time between answer submittals. Imagine three nominees for the ...
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1answer
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Printing an answer on a single page

I wanted to print an answer for reference purposes. Is there any way to get just an answer on a page, without the question or other answers?
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What is the right way to handle an answer for a question that shows no effort?

If a question does not show any effort and just says How to do something, we request OP to share efforts. In my opinion, its wrong to answer such question, as scope is not clear and also it promotes ...
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Does the call to action decrease answer quality?

On some, if not all sites, there's a call to action that encourages people to answer questions: Can you help? Stack Overflow depends on everyone sharing their knowledge. If you're able to answer ...
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Disqualify a question from Hot Network Questions if it has more answers than net votes

It's been fairly well established at this point that the Hot Network Questions mechanism can sometimes cause a question to blow up out of control (basically because they cause an influx of visitors ...
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Posting an answer after posting it in comment that solved the OP's problem [duplicate]

The solution to the OP's problem was pretty simple, I posted my suggestion in the comment section and it worked out for them (I just didn't expect it to be so simple, that's why I commented instead of ...
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Adding and accepting own answer that only says “I did what X said”

I noticed some questions like "how do I do something?" that several people have answered. Say the answers are "do A", "do B", "do C", ... At the end there is an accepted answer from the person who ...
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How to deal with newbies on Stack Exchange websites

Is this the good behaviour ? I don't care if the post comes from a newbie or grizzled veteran - if it is a good post I will upvote it, if it is a bad post, I will vote it down. Why not act to ...
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Do we fight for badges here or to help each other to solve problems?

As question and answer site, I was wondering why the most common and basic questions get more answers and attention then a real question? I saw questions that could be answered on the first ten pages ...
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Is it ok to down vote an answer to a poorly written question? [duplicate]

I recently came across a post that basically asked "How do I do X?". No research effort, code, or any other details provided. Myself and a few others commented for more information. A few minutes ...
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Orphaned answers in migration rejections

It appears that the following sequence results in orphaned answers: Question is migrated from A.SE to B.SE. An answer is posted on B.SE. Question is closed on B.SE, which causes a "migration-...
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How are the answers below questions sorted? [duplicate]

I am a little confused since it doesn't seem to be only related with the chronological order. I think that if there are comments made by other users to your answer it helps it to be more visible, but ...
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Earlier answer edited to duplicate later answer in full

I recently revisited an old answer of mine to an even older question, and was a bit surprised by the changes I saw; I came across this question in 2013. At that point, the question had been asked ...
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“More than 10 answers posted in the last 7 days” flag + new question is usually not helpful; can we adjust?

As a moderator on a high-activity site I see the "too many answers" Community auto-flag fairly often. This flag (on a question) says: More than 10 answers posted in the last 7 days (There's also ...
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Is there a general rule for how to deal with your answer if you disagree with it later?

Suppose I answer a question, correctly to the best of my knowledge, and it is voted up, maybe even accepted. 5 years later, learning new techniques, I may come across an old answer of mine which ...
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What is this “Can you help?” message above the answer box?

I was looking at a new question on Retrocomputing (Where and what was Haunt.bat? A game pre-loaded on a c1992 PC) and saw this message above the answer box: What is this message? Was it added by a ...
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Who shared my question or answer?

Can I know who shared my answers or questions in other posts, or this is not possible? Sometimes some member answers, and in the answer shares a old question or answer for more clarification. Can I ...
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Can we have a sticky “Add Answer” button on the iOS app? [duplicate]

It often occurs that there are many answers on a single post and thus makes it time-consuming to scroll down and click "Add Answer" on the iOS app, a perfect example is the PPCG Sandbox, with a ...
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Should I make major edits to a question?

I made a major edit to The Fermi paradox then wrote an answer to it. In fact, I rewrote the body of that question entirely. That doesn't seem like such a bad thing to do because the edit didn't become ...
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I wonder why I cannot view other users' answers to my question? [closed]

I posted a question on Stack Overflow and I wonder why I cannot view the two answers other users posted for me? How to integrate KCFinder with TinyMCE? Why do I have to wait until I get 2k ...
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Is there an effective way for me to see all recently created answers regardless of edits?

I can see all questions sorted by posting time ( http://$SITE/questions ) I can see all questions sorted by last modification to any content - new Q, new A, but also modifications form edits to Q or ...