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This tag is for questions about answers: how to answer, whether specific answers are appropriate, and so forth.

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Sort search results by sum of top N answer votes rather than question votes

In a recent podcast, Joel complained about how people weren't upvoting questions often, so even well-answered questions didn't rise to the top of searches sometimes. Would it help to implement a sort ...
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Answer not associated with my login after migrating [closed]

My answer to this question lost its connection with my ID after migrating here to superuser.com. Although I have account on superuser.com associated with account on stackoverflow.com.
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I would like to be able to sort answers in different orders in wiki and non-wiki questions

In wiki questions, which are usually subjective, I want to see the most popular answer bubble to the top. But in questions that are not subjective or only have a few posts, I sort by oldest first (to ...
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New Answer Sorting, “Controversial”?

It would be neat to see which answers have the largest divide over up-votes/down-votes. Sorting them by their controversial status, that is.
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Score for answering a question: 15pts + # of question upvotes

Upvoting questions would increase the likelihood that someone would answer it. Its a variation of the "put bounty on someone else's question" suggestion.
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How can you see all questions with 0 answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: is there a page that display questions with 0 answers? How can you see all questions with 0 answers on stackoverflow? I find trolling the "unanswered" sections, that most of ...
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Why can't I comment on this answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do comments work? Here is a question with some answers: Debugging with command-line parameters in Visual Studio I want to ask Lou Franco to clarify his answer by ...
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Is “Don't do it” a valid answer?

If someone asks how to do XYZ, and you think doing XYZ at all is a Bad Idea™, is it valid to post an answer saying so? You aren't answering the question, but instead, arguing the question's validity. ...
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How to deal with upvoted yet clearly wrong answers

These 2 questions have clearly wrong answers with upvotes. And they're still getting votes. The log file one especially could be tried out, it would fail, but someone still voted it up. A downvote ...
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Correct action for non-answers by new users

Often new users post one-liners with unrelated questions/comments as answers to existing questions where I'd like to vote "close as not a real answer". They come in several flavors: Things that ...
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Add in-page searching? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Seaching Questions with n-Pages of Answers CTRL F works, but when there's 5+ pages it gets too much work. So add in-page (question) search to that first #sidebar.module or ...
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Why is there an edit link for answers from other people? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can any user edit any other user’s question or answer? I just asked a question and I was going to comment on one of the answers. Instead, I accidentally hit edit and I ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to “Bookmark” answers? [duplicate]

I have to admit I didn't really search in-depth for this feature, but is it possible to "Bookmark" or "Star" answers like in Gmail?
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How do I write a good answer to a question?

Are there guidelines for what constitutes a good answer? Let's discuss. Perhaps, we can come up with some ideas for the FAQ. Building off Should the official FAQ include information on how to ...
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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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link to promote comment into answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: mark a comment as answer to a question Some people are too modest and propose a different idea to a question in a comment. Is it an acceptable idea to provide the user that ...
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I'm embarrassed that I'm not answering questions

I know this has been asked before but hey, that's part of the reason for the post. I've got a lot of experience in IT having been around the block for 30 years and I am the kind of person who will ...
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Why do you think responses to good questions come so quickly and with great quality?

I realize that there are questions that don't get quick responses or good answers. But, Why do you think responses to good questions come so quickly and with great quality?
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Why Isn't There a Way to Consolidate Answers?

There should be a way to consolidate answers into one or at least choose a set of answers as the accepted answer, as a question can sometimes have multiple answers. For instance, if a question is ...
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Why Aren't Answers Associated With The Revision Of A Question That Was Asked?

When an answer is given to a question, there should be an indication somewhere to show what revision of a question that answer was associated with. This helps in that questions can change drastically ...
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If you gain your rep by asking questions, are you still a valid answerer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Different types of reputation? I gained most of my rep by asking good questions about things I'm having trouble with. Does this mean I'm inexperienced and you shouldn't trust ...
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Don't show the answers for the question in the first 2 minutes

To remove the problem of fastest typer getting more rep points out of a question, how about locking the answers for the first 2 minutes i.e. anybody can post an answer but it will not appear in the ...
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Wouldn't it make sense to have more than one answer acceptable?

Or at least have maybe the ability to set some other answers as assisted answer. I find myself finding an acceptable answer unusable while other answers underneath it might be more suitable. Would it ...
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Low views and no answers to my question after a few days, what next?

I can imagine that after a few days my low viewed question with no answers is just going to be un-answered and un-viewed forever. I guess there isn't much interest in "Implementing a ...
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How to give some boost to some really good answers that arrive late?

It happens sometimes to receive or see a very good answer that arrives very late and that would deserve more upvotes. What can be done to give a boost to them? I would happily spend some of my ...
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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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Filter your questions and answers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ability to search my stuff? Sometimes I want to go back to an answer I got from a question or check an answer I answered, say, last year but I wouldn't be able to find it......
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Vote ordering of accepted answers has changed: Accepted below top voted

On this question, sorted by votes, the accepted answer is #3 in order of votes. It appears as number 3 in the list as well. Is this new behavior intended? Did I miss something?
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Answer Highlight/Fade-out doesn't fade-out

Frequently when following a direct link to an answer, the answer will stay highlighted indefinitely instead of fading-out like it supposed to. This happens more often then not and gets very annoying. ...
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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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Allow temporary pinning or hiding of answers in a given thread

I would like the ability to pin an interesting answer on screen when I go to look at more answers (or to hide the uninteresting answers). Granted, I could open multiple browser windows or tabs but ...
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Provide RSS feed for questions with >n votes or replies?

I'd be interested in an RSS feed for questions with at least a certain number of votes or replies. This might be implemented as a GET parameter appended to any feed URL. For example, the following ...
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Using answers as comments

I know I said I won't semi-duplicate this question, but for now my comment was ignored, so I post it here. My question is what happens when a user has < 50rep but wants to participate in a ...
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Increase the number of links new users can post in answers

I asked a question about a particular project, and luckily was able to get in touch with the author of the software. On Stack Overflow, he provided an answer to my question. In this answer, he wanted ...
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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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Notify of any new answers daily by e-mail

At the bottom of my question is a text field for being notified "daily of any new answers." I assume this is an e-mail address field, but there is no hint in the UI to indicate this. I have not ...
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Is there a way to see answers with the most votes?

A few minutes ago a found an answer that is definitely worth reading! It has 74 up-votes. If I want to see questions with the most votes then I can see them by clicking on the 'votes' tab. Is there a ...
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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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Add “Assisted Answer” feature to questions

I've often found a situation where multiple replies helped with an answer, but only one person gets the overall answer. I think it would be incredibly beneficial (and fair) to provide a function to ...
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Does Stack Overflow encourage developer laziness? [closed]

I've answered a number of questions on Stack Overflow recently where it is obvious that the poster has just blatantly used Stack Overflow as a substitute for loading up their own IDE/...
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It would be nice to search only my answers

Every once in a while when a very similar question is asked, I'll want to post a reference to an answer I gave for another question to help provide some more ideas to the asker. The problem is that ...
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Closing Etiquette: Why Do Some Answer *and* Close?

I've noticed quite a few cases (here's a recent one) where people not only vote to close a question, but then also answer said question. At best this is just silly, and at worst it is totally ...
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Why do some people answer in comments?

Why do some people post comments that are actually answers to the question? Wouldn't posting an answer be better?
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Is the “down-voting most/all answers that aren't yours” pattern considered harmful?

Emphasis: This is not a why downvote, or when is it ok to downvote, or what to do when voted down. This question is about a particular pattern of downvoting. Recently, one of my answers was ...
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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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What motivates people to answer questions on Meta? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are you on meta? (requires 10k MSO rep) Okay, we're finding out about what motivates people to answer questions on Stack Overflow; but what motivates people to answer ...
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What are appropriate criteria for flagging a post as spam? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the spam flag work? The title says it all, really; there's a "spam" criterion for flagging both questions and answers. What is it that makes something "spam"? Is it ...