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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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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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Why Isn't There a Way to Consolidate Answers?

There should be a way to consolidate answers into one or at least choose a set of answers as the accepted answer, as a question can sometimes have multiple answers. For instance, if a question is ...
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Is the “down-voting most/all answers that aren't yours” pattern considered harmful?

Emphasis: This is not a why downvote, or when is it ok to downvote, or what to do when voted down. This question is about a particular pattern of downvoting. Recently, one of my answers was downvoted....
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How can I get answers fast?

How do I ask a question so that it can get a quick response? I see some of the questions are very old and still not answered, but some others get a very quick response. Return to FAQ index
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What to do if an out of date question+answers already exists?

What should you do if a question has already been asked and answered, but both the question and the answer are now out of date? (in this case due to updates to jQuery). Is it okay to make a new ...
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What answer to accept?

There are so many good answers to my questions that it's sometimes hard to decide what answer to designate as accepted. I really feel that more than one is "accepted." What should one do in this ...
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How to deal with upvoted yet clearly wrong answers

These 2 questions have clearly wrong answers with upvotes. And they're still getting votes. The log file one especially could be tried out, it would fail, but someone still voted it up. A downvote ...
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Why is downvoting a question free but downvoting an answer not? [duplicate]

The title basically says it all: "Why is downvoting a question free but downvoting an answer not?" I ask this because I think bad answers are a lot more damaging than bad questions. If it is a a bad ...
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Answer or comment: what's the etiquette?

I very often see comments about a question posted as answers, e.g., "format it this way" or "why don't you post it over here". I think this practice clogs up the answers and the comment feature is ...
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How are answers with the same vote score sorted?

When a new question is asked how are the answers sorted? I just answered a question and there were two other answers. All three answers have 0 votes and no edits. Immediately after I answered my ...
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Technically valid answers that raise questions of morality

Similar to Questions with nefarious intent?, but different, and more about voting than “Is it possible?”, versus “Is it a good idea to try?”. If someone posts an answer to a perfectly normal question,...
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Why did the format of full-form URLs to answers change?

As I pointed out in this answer, the URL scheme for full-form links to answers has changed from: https://site/questions/question-id/question-title/answer-id#answer-id to: https://site/questions/...
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Is there a policy on dangerous answers?

I have a pretty active discussion on SO right now, about giving an answer, that could potentially harm the questioner. The question is Do I need to encode/decode query parameters between an ajax ...
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Random sorting appears to screw with answer permalinks

Go figure, no sooner do I write up a loving description of how answer permalinks solve the problem of linking to answers when there are multiple pages of them... ...than I discover this maddening game:...
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What has happened to the sorting of answers on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Has the sorting of answers on Stack Overflow been changed? Because I've realised that the answers aren't sorted by Votes -> Time anymore, and they are sorted in a different way. It appears the ...
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Should I answer off-topic questions?

Should I post an answer to an off-topic question after flagging it? I seem to find off-topic questions that I can give a good, useful and correct answer to. (The specific question tonight is this ...
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Questions with lots of “Thank you” answers

"Thank you" answers are generally not very useful, especially if they appear in masses. Some questions are attracting especially many of them and should probably be cleaned up by a moderator....
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Does Stack Overflow encourage developer laziness? [closed]

I've answered a number of questions on Stack Overflow recently where it is obvious that the poster has just blatantly used Stack Overflow as a substitute for loading up their own IDE/...
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Convert non-answers into new questions?

We see a lot of occasions where a new user posts an answer when in fact they should be asking a question; for example here or here. Given that: we want to make life as comfortable as possible for ...
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Provide an easily discoverable way to get the full URL to an answer

Since late November 2011, clicking "link" "share" for anwers yields a short (traceable) URL in the "share a link to this answer" dialog, such as https://meta....
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Don't show the answers for the question in the first 2 minutes

To remove the problem of fastest typer getting more rep points out of a question, how about locking the answers for the first 2 minutes i.e. anybody can post an answer but it will not appear in the ...
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Dealing with quickly edited, copied answers?

Edit: This question isn't a duplicate of Acceptable solution for 'answer copying'?. The quote in the highest voted answer on that question is "Bottom line: if you want to get up-votes, WRITE A ...
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Given two [practically] identical [useful] answers, which answer do you vote for?

Given two practically identical answers, which answer do you vote for? Do you vote for: Both? The Lower Rep user? The Higher Rep user? The First one to Post (usually they're separated by seconds, ...
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Two Answers, One Question [duplicate]

Sometimes, when I answer a question on Stack Overflow, I have two different answers that are equally valid. This happens most when answering architectural questions where there are many valid ways to ...
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Suggest dynamic help text for new answerers

We now have dynamic answer help that pops up for new users (< 100 rep) when they focus the answer box. Thanks for contributing an answer to $SiteName!This is a Q&A site, not a discussion ...
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Answer Layout Bug in IE9/Chrome - Footer Encapsulated In Code Block [duplicate]

Here's the link: Dynamic enum in C# If you scroll down to the answer that starts like this... Just showing the answer of Pandincus with "of the shelf" code and some explanation: You need two ...
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Best way to deal with questions answered by the OP in the question instead of in an answer

I saw this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7719242/while-loop-end-error-what-the I don't know what the best option is for dealing with such a question, because I've seen questions like ...
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A method for the OP to accept comments?

Question: What if the author of a question can accept a comment? The problem: Time and time again, answers are posted as a comment. Usually, the person who commented has the best of intention (e.g. ...
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Is there any benefit to allowing code-only answers while blocking code-only questions? [closed]

There have been several discussions regarding code-only answers (answers that contain only code blocks with no textual explanation whatsoever): Down Vote "code only" answers? Explaining ...
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Flag Answer, duplicate

When flagging an answer there doesn't seem to be an option for duplicates. Is there an etiquette for this, or nothing in place? If there is nothing in place can I suggest a flag as duplicate option. ...
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Should outdated answers be voted down?

On Stack Overflow, there are many questions that relate to currently-developing technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3. The accepted answers to these questions may become outdated, and better answers may ...
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Please increase the maximum allowed length for answers

Another recent request pointed out an issue with the current system: answers are limited to only 30,000 characters in length. While I personally do not feel that posting very large amounts of code ...
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How can we make good answers to old questions float to the top?

Occasionally, a great answer is added to an old question. Too often, simply because of the age of the question and the lack of public visibility, that answer will not get any votes. Thus as it stands, ...
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Is accepting an answer discouraging more answers?

Sometimes I read a question that has an accepted answer, and I feel I won't add any value if I answer. Should one wait to accept an answer in order not to discourage a potentially better answer?
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What to do about Copy Cat answers?

I know a lot of people really want to get lots of SO rep points to improve their quality of life. I get it. When I read a question, I think about whether I know the answer or not. If yes, then I take ...
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What is the sort order of the answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are answers sorted? In a question, I see that each time I refresh the page, the answers were placed in a different order. The question has 3 answers each with zero votes. ...
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Can a single user post two answers for one question? [duplicate]

I was really surprised with the way Stack Overflow question One pickerview with multiple textfields was answered. One user had posted two answers (this and this) instead of using the "Edit" option on ...
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“User X is writing an answer” - banner to appear when another user is writing too

Is there a way to notify me that another user is writing an answer? Some (mainly simple) questions get duplicate answers just for that reason: A user starts answering while another user has almost ...
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Add a feature to migrate a comment into an answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Way to convert a comment to an answer? link to promote comment into answer Allow converting comments to answers Some of the questions get their answers from comments (e.g....
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Does it make sense to answer old questions?

I always wonder if I read questions and nobody ever focused on one special point - I constantly think if it is worth the time to answer them. They usually do not get any upvotes no matter how good ...
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The halting problem - or - the fallacy of “real questions have answers”

I'm not going to make this a rant or a blog post, but just think about the natural consequences of "Real Questions Have Answers". That suggests that the person asking the questions knows ...
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Should users be penalized for answering bad questions?

On a recent question, a user decided it was a bad question and downvoted all answers with the comment "-1 closevote, not answer!". I realize that the community doesn't want to reward help vampires, ...
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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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Comments incorrectly submitted as an answer instead: what should we do?

I frequently come upon comments to answers that are submitted as answers, instead of comments. In other words, someone (typically someone new to Stack Overflow) wants to comment on an answer, but ...
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Is posting someone's comment as an answer okay? [duplicate]

I came across this question and at the time there were no suggested answers. After reading Mark Hubbart's comment (at the time with four upvotes), which was the correct answer, and seeing that it had ...
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Answer with more upvotes appears above accepted answer? [duplicate]

The highest-voted answer on this question has three votes, and appears above the accepted answer (two votes). I think it's an amusing coincidence that it just so happens to be a Jon Skeet answer. What'...
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Unregistered users should be able to delete their own answers

I used to think that all users can delete their own posts, as long as these posts haven't gained a relevant number of upvotes. After seeing posts like this again and again, I decided to verify my ...
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Way to convert an answer to a comment?

I answered a question which Dennis Washington correctly pointed should have been a comment than an answer. Is there any way to change an answer to a comment while still respecting the sentiments of ...
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link to promote comment into answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: mark a comment as answer to a question Some people are too modest and propose a different idea to a question in a comment. Is it an acceptable idea to provide the user that ...
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How to deal with 1-rep users who answer but should comment

I've seen some quiet 1-rep users (on SO, SU) who are posting answers like "I have the same question" or "Thank you, this works." Normally I'd tell those users to remove their answers and post them as ...

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