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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Why doesn't the FAQ include more information about what constitutes a good answer?

I might have missed it, but I don't see the "How to Answer" page linked to in the FAQ. This is an extremely useful page, and the information it gives is pretty basic; following it is a crucial part of ...
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Valuable responses to my question are spread over numerous answers. As the asker, how can I make them more visible?

In my recent question on Travel Stack Exchange I attracted a lot of attention (not least in part because it was a hot network question) and I got a lot of answers. Frustratingly, early answers drove ...
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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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Add Media to Answer's 'Footnotes' Local Repo or Link?

Programming is language, so answers on this SE should always include language no matter what. But for those who struggle with English as a second language, who aren't good with words, and for those ...
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Display a message for answerers when a question has pending duplicate votes

When a question has pending duplicate votes, a message should be displayed above the answer form. Warning: this question is a possible duplicate of [...], are you sure you want to submit an answer? ...
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0answers
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Viewing downvoted answer on deleted question

For one of the questions I answered, I saw it was downvoted. The question was removed as well, so I couldn't view the post to see why my answer was downvoted. In such circumstances, how can I know ...
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There should be a filter for new answers

Filters make it easy to keep track of new questions within favorite tags. However, they do not offer a way to follow new answers. I suggest adding a tab for them: Rationale: The activity tab is a ...
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Configuring Answer To Recently Edited Post

There was an answer on this post: Applying different CSS class on click using jQuery that related to the old question before I edited the question. It has a couple of up-votes and it seems I know ...
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0answers
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There is a time delay on number of answers

I answered a question that showed up on the main screen. I went back to the main screen. It said "0 Answers". I refreshed. It said "0 Answers". I clicked the question again, refreshed, went back ...
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How do you define the “old questions” in the list “new answers to old questions”?

I mean, how old can be regarded as "old questions"?
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Filtering out answered questions on main feed

I'd like to be able to view the main feed (which filters out uninteresting questions) while also filtering out already answered (with accepted answers) questions. I happen to get into questions a lot ...
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Drag down the question indefinitely when editing answer

How to reproduce the bug: Answer a question/go to a question that you have answered. Click "Edit" Drag the slider down. I think this is a bug because it doesn't make sense to be able to drag this ...
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Converting an answer to a comment makes the comment a reply to a comment posted after the converted comment

On the site where I am moderator, I closed a question using a custom reason, and then converted the answer in a comment. Even though the answer was posted the day before, and the comment is shown ...
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Stack Exchange™ Piled Spaces™ made super-short answers possible

We all know that comments can't be shorter than 15 chars, and "inflating" comments with spaces isn't possible. For example, your web page may allow you to submit this comment, but the server rejects ...
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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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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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Disable “Are you sure you want to answer your question?” popup on meta discussions

When you answer your own question on a per-site meta, the following popup appears if you have low reputation (not sure how much): Note how the post is tagged discussion. The main reason why many ...
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Answer bans from post as a guest

My friend was trying to post an answer as a guest, but he was shown the following message: "We are no longer accepting answers from this account. See the Help Center to learn more." I don't ...
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Flag for “notification without commenting or answering” / monitor-button

I did a quick search for this feature with the question terms I used, nothing came up, but I am happy to delete this thread, if this is a duplicate (I am out for some hours now though, takes some time)...
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Preventing the “Your Answer” box from showing when answering a question

Every time I click on the answer box below a question, a box shows up saying: Your Answer Thanks for contributing an answer to Stack Overflow! Please be sure to answer the question. ...
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DIdn't get the lost reputation when the downvoted answer is deleted

Today I saw this Error converting NSString to UTF8String question on Stack Overflow. There were some incorrect answers. I down-voted them all. I lost some points too (I know down-voting answer will ...
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An error occurred submitting the answer

Trying to post the text in the text file located here (shortened Skydrive URL) http://sdrv.ms/16Q10JW to this question: Keep "Backspace" key from being held down I've tried deleting ...
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Improve comment is answer workflow

First off I have already read Mark a comment as answer to a question and I want to suggest something somewhat different. Presently when a comment has been sufficient to lead the poster to the answer,...
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Make downvoted answers more easily readable?

When reading some of the random questions on the site, you sometimes see a downvoted answer. You typically see a response of why that is a bad answer. I often see the value of reading them finding out ...
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Answering questions that weren't asked

I was half way through writing a question for ServerFault. As I went to take a screenshot of the problem, I tried something different and stumbled on the answer. I didn't get to ask the question, ...
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network answers in Careers should have bounty information, too

It appears that Careers shows whether an answer was accepted or not (in addition to the vote count), but doesn't show whether a bounty was won. That could be improved. Additionally, it's very ...
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Has sorting changed to show answer by asker at the bottom?

I have noticed lately that the answer sorting/ordering method has changed where if the user answered their own question that it now appears at the bottom of the answers rather than at the top. I have ...
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Get notified of new answers when using mobile site

When I access sites from a Desktop or the mobile app, I get notified when there has been an edit or a new answer while I'm answering or commenting on a question. For example, if I'm writing an answer ...
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Live-refresh places answers above paginator

When viewing a question with enough answers to add a pagination control, if a new answer arrives and the “1 new answer” banner appears, clicking the banner adds the answer above the paginator, when ...
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Conversion to/from Community Wiki not showing up in edit history for some answers

It appears that for some answers that have been automatically converted to community wikis and then reverted, nothing in the edit history shows that the answer was ever a community wiki. The case ...
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How to handle updates changing versions in old answers

I don't know if this has been discussed before, or if the answer is obvious (excuse my ignorance), but I've seen a couple of suggested changes on SO, where the only thing changed is a version number ...
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Surprisingly informing me of my own answer

I wrote this answer. Saved it; edited it again. While doing the second edit I was informed that a "new answer" has been posted. Alas, there was no new answer other than my own. So far, I never ...
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How do I paste a table from Word to Answer Box and have at-least table formatting preserved?

I want to paste a table from Word to my answer box. Having a tabular data can provide much more information than typing the same text in a linear fashion. However, as soon as I paste it into answer ...