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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 there any action against ignorance of an answer [duplicate]

If someone asks a question and does not look at any comments or answers that come up, how should I treat such people? Also he or she still logged in.
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Duplicate questions without answers [duplicate]

Yesterday i was trying to answer 2 questions on SO, but when i finished typing the questions was closed because they were duplicate. One of the question was answered by a really not that good of an ...
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Populist badge when accepted answer has negative score [duplicate]

This question was inspired by this one, and the definition of the Populist Badge: Highest scoring answer that outscored an accepted answer with score of more than 10 by more than 2x. This badge can ...
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When to answer a question and when to comment on a question?

Often, I will go to answer a question, and I will notice that someone commented on the question, which basically the answer. Why not just answer instead of commenting? If the answer to the question is ...
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Add number of answers deleted

Since reaching 2k on a site that's coming through graduation, I have been able to see deleted answers. Consequently, at the top of the list of answers, posts that previously said 3 answers could now ...
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Why can't you delete duplicate questions with answers?

So why can't you delete duplicate questions with answers? I asked a question and I researched as much as I could have. But, after I asked someone posted a question that had completely different ...
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New question answered by existing answer on another question

If I have asked a new question, what should I do if I then find the answer on another question, but the other question is more general?
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Texts of a question or answer doesn't show!

I click on a question and the the texts of answers don't show. Only comments are visible! ALL INVISIBLE! App Version: 1.0.89 Device Manufacturer: samsung Device Model: GT-S7582 OS Version: 6.0.1 (...
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Could we have better notifications for questions in which we participated?

I have been using Stack Overflow every day for the past 8 years (I mean, actually every single day), and I still feel I know very little about what happened to the questions I contributed to. The ...
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Can I ask a question that does not have an answer here but is easily answered on google? [duplicate]

I had a question. I came here first to look for an answer. There was no answer here. I then went to google and found an answer. I wondered if I should ask the question here and perhaps supply the ...
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Add a feature for similarity comparison [duplicate]

It'd be nice if answers which are an exact copy of an existing (possibly upvoted) answer or contain large substring of such an answer and few own text - which should be a comment on the copied answer -...
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Is it appropriate to research a question poster's background and reference it in a comment/answer?

I asked a question on Workplace. Others took the liberty of exploring my background and resume even though I didn't ask for it. My resume and background are linked to from my profile so they are ...
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Make the date of answer more prominent

Say a question has many answers. The typical user is not going to read all of them. Instead, they will naturally looks only at the accepted answer (if any) and perhaps a few of the mostly highly-voted ...
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Why does a 'body' string appear above the answer box?

On the mobile version of the site I see a body link that actually is not needed: I think it came from the question form, where also there also exists title and tags fields.
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Answered question with positive scored answer appearing in unanswered question list

That's a weird title for a bug report: Answered question with positive scored answer appearing in unanswered question list. This question: Wallet initialization failed: basic_string::resize on Monero ...
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Notification for deleted/undeleted answer [duplicate]

I just had an odd experience on this question. I asked the question. Another user (Rathony) answered and edited the question. I got notifications on both of these. Some time passed. Another user, ...
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What to do when my answer was supposed to be only an alternative to another one, but outvotes it?

I occasionally stumble upon questions where there is already an answer A that solves the particular given problem just fine, but I feel it's useful to also point out some alternative approach B. B may ...
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Should I accept an edit if a user has basically written a new answer?

The question I'm talking about is this one: Check if a div does NOT exist with javascript It has the most up-votes and people seem to understand it. Someone has put in an edit which adds the ...
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Should I answer a bounty'd question if more information is required from the OP?

What should I do if I have commented on a bounty'd question asking for more information, the OP has not responded, and the bounty is about to run out? I am specifically referring to this question, ...
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Do not all answers bump a question?

The question What can cause a question to be bumped? says that answers will bump a question. However, recently I noticed some older questions not being bumped after I answered them. One example is ...
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Answering OP's situation vs. actual question? [duplicate]

We get a fair number of questions here that are something like this: How to do X While trying to create/do Y I tried doing X and couldn't figure out how to do it. I tried various ways ...
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Editing existing answer vs. adding a new answer [duplicate]

Once you add an answer to a question, there is always the option to add another answer. What would be the purpose of adding a new second answer versus just editing your original answer?
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Should I answer questions which have accepted answers?

I just have started answering questions. My question is: if a question has many answers and has an accepted answer, should I answer? I am afraid my answer will receive lots of down-votes.
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Who gets the correct solution check? [duplicate]

I submitted a question on Stack Overflow and when I went back to check answers I saw two. I immediately saw two answers, but the first one which happens to be more detailed and a better explanation (...
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How to be more polite and accommodating? [duplicate]

Here's my beef. I've noticed over the past couple of days, and even before I joined this (the StackExchange) community that most of you aren't kind to your fellow user. I'm not trying to get up on a ...
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Can I upvote an answer if I don't know if it is correct?

User A asks for a definition of term X. User B provides a definition, the answer is clear and seems complete. I also wondered what is X. Can I upvote the answer of user B, even if have no way of ...
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Rule to delete answers with a post notice that haven't been edited

I was curious to know if we can implement in the backend the removal of an answer that has a post notice of: We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just ...
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UX feature: Option to make code part of the question as sticky or fixed (preferably at bottom-right of viewport)

I would really love a feature where the user has the option to detach code part of the question or (perhaps every code block) and make it a sticky or affixed, preferably to bottom-right of viewport. ...
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Android SE app crashing when opening a question with too many answers

I recently opened a question on PPCG's meta with the android app and because I made the mistake to scroll to aggressively, the android SE app crashed. Platform: LG / Google Nexus 5 on Android 6 (...
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Is it legit to turn a well-received comment I made on an answer into a separate answer?

About a week ago, I made the following comment on an answer in Academia.SE (although this situation has popped up in other settings): Note: take care to send the mails in such a way that an ...
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Is it OK to ask other users to upvote?

I was browsing StackExchange and saw this highly voted answer: https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/a/82610/52911 It had the following content: Even more bonus!! Run this snippet to automatically ...
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Is that right to share screenshot from MDN documentation?

While answering it would be better to share browser compatibility details taken from MDN documentation. Is it OK to take a screenshot from MDN (Mozilla Developer Network) and share somewhere else, e.g....
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Flagging a deleted answer results in a message saying I am flagging too quickly

Steps to reproduce: Open two questions (with answers, in this case) in different tabs in the same browser Flag an answer to one (might not be needed, but it's what I did, so I'm including it) Someone ...
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Should I revise my answers based on comments? If so, how to properly attribute?

Sometimes, I will post an answer which works relatively well but then a comment suggests a slightly better, more concise, etc. approach (e.g. julia select all but one element in array/matrix). What ...
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How do I shoot myself in the foot? [duplicate]

Such questions are inevitable. Technology makes guns, and questions on how to use them follow. How do I shoot [targets] [birds] [other people] [my own foot]. It's no surprise that we all see "how do ...
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Possibility to restrict search results by date of the most recent answer (or any answer)?

According to search help there are two possibilities how search results can be restricted to some date range. Namely created: and lastactive:. The latter is based on the last activity of the post, for ...
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Mechanisms for recognizing exceptional answers?

I read lots of good, useful answers, and I up-vote them. On occasion I read an exemplary answer. An answer so clever, insightful, and/or illuminating that I want to revisit it to read again and ...
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Lost questions: Give the minimal feedback after receiving an answer

Many people often subscribe to Stack Exchange to ask the first question frequently without reading the minimum requirement to ask a question. But not only these people, also frequently users do it. ...
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How can I vote on answers I can’t verify?

As an asker, it is my duty to upvote answers to my questions and especially, to accept them. And, until some point, I think I was doing this all right. But then I bumped into a problem that I might ...
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OP's answer is question - We do something? [duplicate]

If an OP answer is own question, does we do something ? At first I suggested if we allow moderators to mark that answer as accepted. Does we let the system automatically show that answer first in ...
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What should we do with sets of answers that are actually polling options?

Sometimes there are users that post questions and immediately with that answers that are just meant to attract votes (in the positive way: an opinion of the community). As an example here. OP posts a ...
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How do I encourage an asker to pick an answer

How do I encourage an asker to pick an answer? Or for that matter, how to encourage voting for useful answers that took a lot of work to produce.
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Is there a “Fastest Gun in the West” issue with self-answers?

After talking with a moderator on Gaming.SE, StrixVaria, regarding a question issue I have, I'm largely curious if there is an unspoken or somewhat hidden rule of not self-answering if you are high ...
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Answer edited to add another solution while overwriting the previous accepted solution [duplicate]

This is my answer to a question, well, it used to be until the edit. This is the edit history for my answer. I just opened StackOverflow and I saw some users(Users - Community and Dawson) has edited ...
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What happens if a question asker never marks or hints that an answer as correct? [duplicate]

What would happen? They would have no indication of it being what worked for them, unlike What happens if you answered a question, questioner says thanks, but didn't accept your answer as correct?....
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In the data explorer, how do you get the answers to a question?

Using Stack Exchange Data Explorer, how can you find the answers to a particular question? I would assume it would be something like this: SELECT answers FROM ( SELECT id=12345 FROM posts ) ...
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What effect do post notices have on answer voting?

Moderators can apply post notices to answers that are substantially lacking in either explanation: We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-...
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Manual import of answers from third party forums. Good or bad?

Many times, I share the links of questions(not just mine) on other forums like Reddit, Facebook study groups, etc. And I get some really good answers from those sites, which deserve to be here. ...
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Award bounty points when I blew up the original question? [duplicate]

I posted this SO question: SQL write to ASP.NET user table doesn't save I put a bounty on the question and got some very reasonable suggestions, though nothing that led to an actual solution to ...
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Why doesn't Stack Overflow use a best answer chosen by votes? [duplicate]

I often see many questions where users poor their hearts out creating high-quality answers that are merely upvoted, but never selected as the answer. The user who asks the question picks the answer ...