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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Proposal: let authors close their own questions

Currently, an author of a question can delete his own question or "vote" for closing. Sometimes it happens to me that I ask a question and then I realise I was doing some silly mistake. When ...
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What is a good way to respond or comment to a boomerang answer? [duplicate]

What is a good way to respond to a boomerang answer, an answer that basically responds with "You don't want to do that, do this other thing"? Maybe I do want to use my cat as a mop for my ...
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What to do when an incorrect downvoted answer is helpful

I was having problems reading data from a TCP port, when I stumbled across this very helpful Stack Overflow post that answered my question: how do you account for when TCP does not get all the bytes ...
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A simple way to make new answers more discoverable

In my opinion, one shortcoming of Stack Exchange is the discoverability of new answers on questions. This simple feature proposal would make it more enticing for users to discover new answers, while ...
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Allow changing your vote if a new answer is posted?

This isn't Allow changing votes on answers if the question is edited Sometimes I vote on an answer because at the time it is correct (upvote), or they do not explain very well and it looks wrong (...
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Show the answer author in suggested edit reviews

Today, I was going through a suggested edit and found that it was shortening the code (something that we don't allow on our site (Code Golf)). However, when I tried to reject it, it had already been ...
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What happens with “Does this answer your question?” - Yes [duplicate]

Question When one/more users suggest another post answers your question (and there is a banner at the top of the page asking if question title answers your question? Yes/No), what physically happens ...
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How can I quickly jump to a specific answer when I've posted multiple answers to the same question?

It's easy to find a question of mine in my user profile by reading the titles of the questions in the Questions tab. It's similar for answers when I've only posted one answer to a question. I can find ...
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How can I automatically edit all my answers and questions so that no quotes are broken down?

The CommonMark migration messed up the formatting of many of my posts. Specifically, one common issue is that my quotes are now broken down, e.g.: instead of Screenshots taken from https://stats....
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Button to show the version of the question as of when answer was posted / last edited?

Sometimes when reading an answer it doesn't seem to correspond entirely to the question asked, and if I want to find out why the procedure then becomes: Scroll up to the question again Check if it ...
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Best practice about average time to accept an answer and accept answer decision [duplicate]

What is the common sense for the time to accept a user answer? For example, I usually think that I need to wait, for example, 1 week or more, because some questions have more than one answer and I ...
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No check mark – How do I mark an answer as accepted? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question and would like to mark one of the answers as accepted. The problem is that I do not see a way to do so. On the left-hand side of the answer I can either vote up/down or ...
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How can I link to a specific answer?

Is there a permalink I can use for answers/comments?
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How do I properly use the “Not an Answer” flag?

What is the "Not an Answer" flag and what is its purpose? When should I use this flag? When should I not use this flag? But I'm still not sure if I'm using the flag correctly... An answer is "Not an ...
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Is there a certain amount of time after which a new question is unlikely to get any answers?

Can anyone else confirm my suspicions here? I have found that whenever I post a new question, if it is going to receive any answers at all, it will happen within the first few hours of posting. After ...
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The “working on it” proposal [duplicate]

It bothers me a lot when I'm spending some time and effort trying to answer a question only to learn it got closed for any reason. It's just a lot of time wasted. So I have come up with a solution for ...
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If a user is banned from posting answers, state so before they start writing the answer

Answer-banned users aren't informed they can't post an answer before they try to post an answer (which typically happens after they write an answer). They're only notified when they've finished their ...
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Accepted answer appearing below top voted [duplicate]

On Add year to question and answer dates, 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?
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Add the share button to (other) answers in review queues

When reviewing an answer in one of the Low Quality Posts, First Posts, or Late Answers queues, there is the option to watch the Other answers of the question. This gives a more "naked" view ...
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Automatic following of answers to your question [duplicate]

There should be an option so when you are the OP of a question and it gets answered, the OP is notified of any comments to that answer without having to manually follow each answer. It would be ...
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Low-quality answer auto-comments sound a little hard to new users

When reviewing low quality posts, I came across this post and recommended its deletion. The system automatically left a comment saying, If you have a new question, please ask it by clicking the Ask ...
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Can I answer my own question without accepting it?

I recently posed a question on stack exchange biology about how viruses persist outside the body, and HPV in particular. The question received some upvotes initially but no answers. After putting a ...
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Thanking for good answers?

I got a good answer and tried to upvote and a red window popped up that said something like: must have 15 points Why is this? Have I done something wrong? PS: Red pop-up windows...too many!
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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I feel like there's a problem with Stack Overflow, as the number of people prowling it increases. Each question's answers are sorted by descending score and then by descending time of posting. This ...
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Is it typical for self-answered questions to be downvoted? [duplicate]

As a habit, I have always tried to answer my own questions on Stack Overflow and other sites if no one provided an answer, and I later found the answer myself. I consider this to be essential to ...
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Is the question asker notified of updates to answers without explicitly “following” that answer?

This certainly never used to be a thing, but I'm wondering if this behaviour has changed with the "increased notifications" - without the OP having to explicitly "follow" that ...
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Question with wrong answer upvoted

I just asked my first question. It received one answer, which was wrong (i.e. the suggested solution did not work when actually run). The answer has three upvotes. I've made a comment on the answer ...
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Page without answer(s) in Stack Overflow

I read this great post, List of freely available programming books, in Stack Overflow. When I look at the 11th page, it looks like this; There are no answers on page 11. But page 11 exists. Is this ...
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Is it a good approach to report a bug with an answer to a similar question, rather than asking a new question?

Is it a good approach to report a bug with an answer to a similar question, rather than asking a new question? I see something like this happening here: Stack Overflow for Teams is now free for up to ...
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Can clicking on a negatively-received post remove the graying-out on both the content *and* the comments?

This post was marked status-completed - and it is, to a degree. But clicking on a post with a score of -3 (or -7) or lower doesn't remove the grayness on the comments underneath the post, only the ...
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Clicking on a negatively-received, grayed-out answer no longer permanently removes the graying-out

Answers that are of sufficient negative score are grayed out when viewed. If one wants to more easily read the answer, they can mouse over the answer content, and it will no longer be grayed out for ...
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Web apps to make your answers awesomer! [closed]

What kind of web apps can you use to make your answers awesomer? This includes things like: Interactive regex tester Pastebin, online REPL/IDE, image hosting Visual aids to generate charts, trees, ...
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There is any option to unsubcribe/unfollow already subscribed community [closed]

There is any option to unsubscribe/unfollow already subscribed community in stack overflow (Is this logout is an option for unsubscribing/unfollowing)
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Why isn't there a counter for answers (like there is for questions) saying “viewed ## times”?

I noticed that for questions there is a header saying "Viewed n times", but why isn't there a corresponding header for answers?
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Do you have a sandbox environment specifically for answering Stack Overflow questions? [closed]

My ability to answer questions on Stack Overflow is mostly because I've answered questions without actually testing them out (in the case of PHP and other programming languages that aren't Javascript)....
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How do I answer a bug report?

I regularly see bug reports on Meta, occasionally with heavily upvoted answers. When is it appropriate to answer a bug report? How would I write a good answer to a bug report? How could I write an ...
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What should one do when a question's answers don't take its tags into account?

Both the title and question body of Stack Overflow question "How to download a video from an M3U8 file" ask how to download a M3U8 video based on a local file. How to download a video from ...
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Is the chatroom to be used for topic related chatting or not? [duplicate]

I found a chat section in Stack Overflow. Is it to be used for simply chatting or a particular topic? For example, if Android is the name of the chat room, is there only Android-related chat allowed?
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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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Partial bounty refund for good question with no answers

I understand that there has been a post in the past: Offer bounty refund on "good" question with no answers That has addressed this exactly but as a feature request, perhaps this is a new ...
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Why not upvote the answer that is used to mark another question as duplicate?

A lot of questions get marked as a duplicate on a daily basis, which means the answers on some other question is being helpful for the OP, which means it deserves an upvote, right? So why not just ...
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What should be done with questions that have been resolved as a comment instead of an answer?

I'm trying to go through and provide answers to every unanswered question (search "closed:0 answers:0"), somewhat following the spirit that was blogged about at The Horror of No Answer: ...
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Can I answer my own question by citing a comment? [duplicate]

The best answer on one of my questions is in the comment section. I don't want to bother the commenter by asking for a formal answer so that I can give it the love (upvote and accept) that it deserves....
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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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Is it possible to be notified about new answers to and comments on bookmarked questions? [duplicate]

I get notified by email about new answers to and comments on questions posted by me, as well as about comments on my answers. Is it possible for me to be notified by email about new answers to and ...
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Advanced search for closed answers returns all closed questions

Searching for closed answers should returns zero items due to only questions can be closed. But result is not empty and contains closed questions only:
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The limits to a Very Low Quality answer

I was rereading Jeff Atwood's answer to the question: Is the Very Low Quality flag too ambiguous? mainly because today I wanted to use that flag for the first time. Quoting him, this flag means that: ...
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How does accepting an answer work?

What does it mean to accept an answer? How do I accept an answer, and what are the rules? Can I accept my own self-answer? What are the reputation benefits? Which answer should I accept? Should I ...
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Outdated Answers project kicking off on Stack Overflow

As we announced on Meta Stack Overflow, we are kicking off a project to begin tackling the issue of outdated answers. That post goes into detail on the initiative and our approach. We are focusing our ...
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Setting a benchmark on negative marking on question/answer for auto delete

Just a thought: Shouldn't there be a way, if a benchmark is been set for vote-down and on basis of that, the particular post should be hidden/deleted/disappear from the list and looks clean with no ...

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