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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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Don't display “protected” notice if the question is locked or closed

If the question is locked, obviously new users can't post answers to it because no one can post answers. It seems somewhat redundant to list that box there. I'm not saying remove the protection from ...
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Change “Your Answer” to “Your Answer to this Question”

Many new users use the "Answer" section to answer another answer. It seems they (reasonably) assume the Stack Exchange sites work the way many forums and Facebook work: a chronological sequence of ...
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Can Community ♦ raise a duplicate content flag when an answer is deleted and re-posted as a new answer?

I haven't seen this behavior out in the wild much, but it happened again recently and I was wondering if a flag could be automatically raised when this happens: User posts answer Answer is down voted ...
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Bad robot! I just logged in, I didn't create the post in 0.35 seconds!

Problem The robot dialogue (captcha) presents itself if you Compose a post on a site you haven't logged into without submitting the post Log in Submit the post (it's already filled out since Stack ...
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Notifications when users edit answers

A few weeks ago I posted a question: Most Creative way to display 42. I received dozens of great answers. I loved reading them except I noticed one issue. People were editing their answers with new ...
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Why can 1 rep users post so many answers so fast?

I just came across this(10k only) on Ask Ubuntu. (Image Link) A new, one-rep user just posted thirteen "abusive" answers over fifteen minutes. Is there ever a legitimate reason for a user, especially ...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics results: In which ways do unregistered users participate?

Source: In which ways do unregistered users participate? Data source: February 6, 2012 NDA dump The results here are only for StackOverflow, as it pretty well dominates the network. The final month ...
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Add Year to Dates for Dates within 11 Months

Note: I know this is very similar to "Add year to question and answer dates.". I felt it deserved a separate question because I'm asking for a modification to the functionality requested in that ...
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Discouraging repwhoring - Reverse rep from answers posted shortly before the question gets closed

TL;DR I'm proposing the following: When someone posts an answer and the corresponding question is closed within a certain amount of time after that, then, for certain close reasons, all rep gained ...
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Un-fade low-score answers on click/tap too

Since a couple of weeks ago, answers that are shown grayed out can be un-faded by hovering the mouse over them. This is great especially for users with poor eyesight, who can now read such answers ...
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My answer is shown as up-voted from me

I was looking at Will anybody help me gauge the quality of my question? and I noticed that my answer is shown me as up-voted from me. How is that possible? Even in the case my account were merged ...
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Add answered-novotes CSS class to answers column

When I scan the front page of Stack Overflow, I habitually look for non-green boxes for opportunities to answer questions. Would it be helpful to differentiate between questions that have answers with ...
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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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People Reached “OR Score >5” criteria allows users lifting with popular posts

People Reached stat has currently the below criteria for answers: Answers - Views of the parent question for answers that are: Non-deleted AND Score > 0 AND Also meets one or more of ...
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Answer count in network profile is less than the actual count

My network profile cites the number of answers on Mathematics that is consistently less (by 13) than the actual number, shown on my site profile. Over the time, the counts changed as: network ...
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Stack Overflow calls my short answer “trivial”

I wrote a short answer today, and I was a bit miffed when Stack Overflow called it trivial and turned it into a comment. I think it's fine to turn a short answer into a comment, but I think the ...
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Forward progress answers

I recently read a question I found very interesting. It's here, if it matters I put some effort into helping the person get a good answer, and when I was done I had made forward progress on solving ...
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Troubleshooting master - good or bad?

All is good. There is a user who recently has joined Stack Overflow. He seems to be very keen on answering and very active on site. For about 50 days, he has gained over 4,5K of rep points from just ...
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Allow site-specific answering notices for 101 rep users

When you try to answer a question on an SE site as a new user you'll be greeted by a notice like the following one: These notices can be adapted for each site, this specific one is for Skeptics. ...
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Answer no longer linked to my account after being migrated twice?

I recently answered this question which was originally asked on Stack Overflow. I asked for it to be migrated to math.stackexchange, but it was accidentally migrated to Mathematica. From there, it ...
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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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Can we provide better feedback to people who answer by modifying the question?

As a edit moderator (2k rep), I now see many many many edits that are actually new users answering the question. This most often happens where a code modification occurs. Many of these answers look ...
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My answer was posted twice, despite the rate-limit for users with less than 125 reputation

In attempting to post an answer, I got a message saying: Oops! Your answer couldn't be submitted because: users with less than 125 reputation can only post answers every 3 minutes; try ...
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How can we prevent non-optimal answers from being “cemented” to popular and mature questions?

I originally posted this question on the Philosophy.SE Meta site, but someone recommended that I post it here instead to get a more varied set of responses from experienced users. I'm aware that it's ...
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Why is the “recent answers” feature so well hidden?

For a long while, I've been wanting to find answers in the tags I'm interested in, because I like spending my votes. I've given up hoping for a chatroom-friendly answers RSS feed, so I ended up ...
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Active sorting should put deleted answers at bottom

Currently, active sorting ignores that posts are deleted, unlike other sorts. According to Please sort deleted answers to the bottom, the sort was fixed to sort deleted at the bottom, which applies ...
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If an answer receives a bounty, the bounty reason should be available alongside that answer

If a bounty is offered on a question, the user offering the bounty is asked to select a reason for offering the bounty. This reason should be displayed or at least available alongside the answer that ...
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Having too much reputation reducing the amount and quality of answers I get?

I've gathered quite a nice amount of reputation on Stack Overflow answering questions about PHP, jQuery and stuff I know a lot about. I have recently started learning C# and WPF, and I am an utterly ...
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How to know reputation question/answerwise separately ?

I have asked some question and also answered some questions on Stack Overflow. How can I know how much reputation questionwise and answerwise separately ? Is there any way to check this ? It will ...
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Display bounty scores in user profile answers list

It would certainly take a while for me to look through my 300+ accepted answers to find the one answer I earned a bounty for. I know I can look through my rep audit and find it, but I'd still be ...
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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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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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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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Does the reputation system increase the likelihood that registered users will take greater risks of providing answers than of asking questions?

Reputation is not considered to be the currency of SE, as evidenced by much previous discussion, such as: Is reputation the currency of Stack Overflow? The closest that reputation is considered to ...
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Answer panel sorting when a question gains multiple answers

I had a question open that had zero answers. While it was open, two people answered it. The familiar popup of "2 new answers to this question" appeared, I clicked it, and: The sorting box (active - ...
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How well do answers bubble up?

For context, I mostly use sites of "medium" size and traffic, like unix.SE - it's not clear whether that makes a difference to this question. From experience, it seems that the effect of good answers ...
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Answerers Comments “Background Color”

Does anyone else think having answerers comments have their own background color like the OP does for any comment they make, make for better readability. Sometimes looking at comments (mostly) when ...
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Doppelgänger answers

Few days ago I was editing an answer on ProgSE (few minutes after I had posted it), and when I saved the edit it was posted as a separate answer. Didn't think much of it at the time, but today I ...
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How much would it cost to pay developers to produce the answers on Stack Overflow?

I was talking to my girlfriend earlier about the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and specifically about Joel's oft-repeated rant about how paying people to contribute to a site ...
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Difficult to lose the “converted to a comment” status message

If an answer is converted to a comment and then subsequently undeleted, and then deleted again (without being converted to a comment), the message beneath the post still reads: If the answer is then ...
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Can we give better guidance for first time posters who want to comment?

The Lower the amount of reputation needed to comment question has been bumped to the top (a minor grammar edit on an answer). It made me think that a better solution would be to have early comments ...
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Error displaying an error message to the user

I got an error as below in the screenshot. How to reproduce: Click Post to answer for any question. Within the TextBlock, leave about 30 spaces and press on PREVIEW / SUBMIT. For first time it will ...
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Cause some closed questions to not grant answer rep

I was just reading this question and thinking about potentially better ways to improve on the situation presented there So - we take as a given that we want to discourage people from making poor ...
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Create CW posts “Awarded at 10 rep”

On the privileges page, it's written that CW "posts" can be created by anyone with > 10 rep. Shouldn't it be changed to "answers"? . . .
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Delay the appearance of “Have you considered accepting …” message

On june 6th I posted this question. After about ten days, someone posted an answer. This was (at the time I'm writing this) thirteen hours ago. When I logged onto stackoverflow this morning, the first ...
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Add a vertical scrollbar to the original question pane on the answer edit page

Displaying the question right on the answer edit page is great, and I'm happy this was added. However, I've run into a problem a couple of times. If the question is long, particularly with a snippet ...
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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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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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Revisit favorite answers feature request

From what I can tell, this was first suggested in July 2009. And there is no shortage of duplicates since. I found at least eight (all marked and closed as duplicate, the latest one being in July 2013)...
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What kind of posts does the network profile post count list omit?

My S.O profile shows 232 answers, while the network profile shows 231 answers. S.O: stackoverflow.com/users/<id>/<username>?tab=summary Network profile: http://stackexchange.com/users/&...