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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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Whether the chatroom is used for topic related chatting or not [closed]

I found a chat section in stack overflow.Whether is it used for simply chatting or a particular topic. If Android is the name of chat room then only android related chat are allowed.
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Can I answer a question and/or any comment and answer if I have inputs? [duplicate]

per title, I see another perspective(s) and have inputs to a comment or answer, can I put them as an answer to the question? I ask "can I" in case I step across any community rule or ...
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Outdated Answers project kicking off on Stack Overflow

As we announced on Meta Stack Overflow, we are kicking off a project to begin tackling the issue of outdated answers.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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How did the system not catch these two <30 character answers?

A few days ago, I saw this answer, and thought nothing of the fact that it had <30 characters (including zero-width spaces and HTML tags and other Unicode characters). But then I saw this answer, ...
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Notification for specific user's answers [duplicate]

I know that if I follow a question, I am notified if the question receives an answer. I am also notified for every single comment, edit, close, etc. I see some users who are actually good contributors....
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What should be done with answers that promote a particular religion?

I was reading the question How do I help my 3 year old daughter who is terrified of what I believe is a ghost? just now, and I noticed that one of the answers consists mostly of a promotion of ...
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Add a notice if there is an answer with more upvotes than the accepted answer

Source: https://www.monkeyuser.com/2020/election/, following https://www.monkeyuser.com/about/index.html which states "You can share and post these comics anywhere you like without telling us, as ...
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Is it appropriate to answer a question with a gif?

It is a lot easier (for me, in some situations) to create a gif showing how to implement a solution (instead of writing it up in a list, like: 1. do this, 2. do this, ... 14. do this). Consider the ...
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Answer links from search pages do not load the page at the linked answer

This appears to have started breaking in the last four hours or so. To reproduce: Do a search for answers on a Stack Exchange site. For the sake of a demonstration I'll use is:a on Meta Stack ...
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Does a low rep user see a question has answers, if the answer is voted -3 or lower?

I can't think of a way to test this for myself. As I'm high enough rep to be able to see what is actually a spam answer that just hasn't had enough flags yet, I can also see on the main page that this ...
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Why can't I post answers to questions on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I was trying to post an answer to a question on Stack Overflow but for some reason the frontend (yes, frontend lol) had disabled the button. The button was disabled, so for posting it I had to go to ...
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Cannot see an answer to my own question for which I received a notification

On December 20th I started a bounty (the very first bounty I have ever started) on my own question at this link and then I went on holidays. During the bounty period I would swear I received a ...
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Hottest answers of all time on a specifc tag not right

When I looked at the hottest answers for the discussion tag, I realized that some answers were missing from the list, like this one. An even bigger example is the python tag on Stack Overflow, it ...
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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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Dealing with a question you've answered, but have partially / completely misunderstood?

I'm pretty sure this happens to someone out there now and then: You've read a question, done the work with writing a pretty decent answer, at least you think you have, then you find some detail in the ...
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Is it a good practice to write an answer to respond to another answer, rather than actually answer the question?

Let's say there is a question: What can a rainbow unicorn do? And there's an answer: It can live in the 5th dimension Is it a problem if I post an answer starting with "I don't know the ...
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Winter Bash Rep Hunter hat not delivering

I was checking my answers and I counted that I have ten answers with positive score, but I wonder why I am not getting the Rep Hunter hat? Isn't the trigger to have 10 answers all upvoted in one day? ...
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Should questions of the form “How can I do A without using X or Y for some reason that I don't understand?” be answered?

Here's the question that prompted me to post this Meta question: Creating a list of instances(objects) of a class in Python without explicit list comprehension or for loops My question is how we ...
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Complete versus complex answers [closed]

In this question, the OP asks "How could I create a randomly-variable-length list of instances (objects) of this class Teacher without using any list comprehension (maybe from vectorization or ...
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“Add an answer” button is sometimes missing

The "Add an answer" button is sometimes missing. Screenshot from New Feature: Table Support: though most of the time I do see the "Add an answer" button (using the same computer + ...
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Keyboard shortcut to answer a question doesn't work if you have already posted an answer

Found this out here, where I've posted quite a few answers. If you've already posted an answer to a question, you cannot use the A key to answer it again; you have to use the "Add another answer&...
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What should I do if my question was flawed, but the answer was correct to the question I asked?

For example, I currently have this question: How can I get the value of a row in a column in SQLite 3 table with Tkinter Listbox widget? I made a mistake in my question. I forgot to mention that: &...
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Is it “by design” that “answers in flight” are not accepted on closed questions, but that some still can submit?

Discussion This question comes off the back of a question I asked on Stack Overflow Meta about the grace periods of answers. Specifically it was my confusion that I, personally, cannot submit answers ...
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Should deleted answers still be visible?

By pure chance, I was reading this thread at the same time someone was being downvoted heavily and their answer was deleted. I could still see their answer and even copy/paste the text of their answer....
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What is the purpose of ordering answers SOLELY by date? [duplicate]

I find this really annoying and it gets worse all the time. The addition to not only sort answers based on upvotes is great - things get outdated and new answers might keep it up to date. At the start,...
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Bad advice on “How to not be a spammer” page

The standard /help/promotion page includes the following: Avoid poorly-written questions. Posting a well-written answer under a poorly-written question just makes your answer look worse. IMHO this ...
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Why does my answer keep getting upvotes?

On October 28, I answered a question. By the end of my work day, it had become the most upvoted answer and the accepted correct answer, with I think eight or so upvotes. Ever since, my answer gets a ...
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Am I or anyone else allowed to comment in a question of mine requesting an answer from a particular person? [duplicate]

I am not talking of a Quora style requesting for an answer, but am I or anyone else allowed to comment in a question of mine requesting an answer from a particular person? Example, Persons_name I ...
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Why can't we easily see what answers were deleted when “User was removed” happens? [duplicate]

From time to time single users are “removed” for whatever reason together with their questions and answers, and also the reps of those who answered their questions. While the reasons for users being ...
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Relationship with Google's “Get the answer you’re looking for added to the web”?

This morning as I googled for something I noticed something new at the bottom of the search results: Clicking on "learn more" brings up this: Is SE one of those "publishers" with ...
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Something bad happened while switch to full site after attempt to submit empty post in mobile version [duplicate]

Steps to reproduce: Switch to mobile web (in the footer) Select any question and tap "Post Your Answer" button while post body is clear. You will see an error message "Oops! Your ...
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Should we search in answers too, to avoid asking a question about that same matter? [duplicate]

Can asking a question that has an answer in another question result in being duplicate? For example, imagine someone wants to ask if the recipe in this website is really original or not. He tries to ...
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Accepted answer icon is out of alignment on highly scored answers

Over at Stack Overflow, there is a highly-scored, accepted answer with its accepted icon well out of alignment: Also this answer, here on Meta: Can we fix the alignment of the checkmarks to match ...
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The date display for the current year is ambiguous. Please fix it [duplicate]

Screenshot of this answer. It says "Jan 11". Is that Jan 11th of this year? Or January of 2011? I have been on Stack Overflow since 2008 and I have no idea when Seasoned Advice started, so ...
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How can I find an answer to a difficult-to-formulate question?

In rare cases I want to search something on the Internet and I am pretty sure that the answer is there, but I am not able to formulate my search to get there (although I am an experienced searcher). ...
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Is moving self-answers in questions into separate answers under the Community user valid under CC BY-SA?

Prompted by my question at How best to deal with self-answers edited into questions? which was somewhat answered with a link to What to do when OP answers his/her own question in an edit?, which then ...
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Good practices for describing progress made on a question?

I have recently started asking some more complex questions on which I have made partial but significant progress toward an answer since originally asking the question. Can someone recommend good ...
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Why does SO allow people to continue answering a question when one is accepted and highly voted up? [duplicate]

Simple question, title says it all. For example I have a few posts where the answers that are accepted are highly voted up by the community, which indicates they are, based on my questions, vastly ...
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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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Reconsider adding the ability to bookmark answers

Often, when looking through a certain question, I find an answer that captivates my attention more than the question itself. I would like to find it again, which I can do by following the answer, but ...
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Why am I not notified for edits on answers and posts? [duplicate]

There's a question I answered some time ago (about 2 weeks) and now I see there were some edits introduced a week ago by another person to the question and to my answer. Why am I not notified of these ...
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How can I list all my questions and answers whose CommonMark rendering doesn't match the cached rendering?

I understand that the CommonMark migration messes up the formatting of some answers and posts once they're edited. How can I list all my questions and answers whose CommonMark rendering doesn't match ...
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Did the automated CommonMark migration mess up the formatting of this answer?

I suspect the automated CommonMark migration messed up the formatting of this answer. Before the migration to CommonMark: https://web.archive.org/web/20200515072655/https://unix.stackexchange.com/...
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If a broad question is split into multiple questions, can answers be “ported”?

I've posted an intentionally broad question on SE Music Fans. The question lends itself to, potentially, a large number of answers, but also to reasonably focused and concise answers, easy to browse ...
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How to deal with nonsensical answers?

Sometimes when I ask a question, I get an answer which is very weird or even blatantly false (at least I think so). On one hand, it should probably go in the red as it may lead some users astray (...
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Are answers that contain advertisements allowed? [duplicate]

So I just found a question in which the accepted answer is only about an advertisement to an app that solves the problem. No offense to anyone, but isn't it too subjective? If the problem can't be ...
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Update the “How to Answer” page to explicitly state that linked resources, not just sites, can be taken down

The How to Answer help page has the following section, which mentions that links to resources can be unreachable or be taken offline permanently: Provide context for links Links to external resources ...
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Is it discourteous to suggest a different answer be accepted? [duplicate]

Occasionally an answer could solve (or help solve) an asker's problem - and hence be accepted - but may not be beneficial to the community. In cases where the answer is simply too specific, this can ...
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How can I sort answers that comprise at least 1 picture by votes?

I've always loved Math SE's [visualization] tag, and posts like Visually stunning math concepts which are easy to explain. Some people learn best visually. Other SE's like Math Educators and ...

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