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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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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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How to Give Credit for An Answer in the Comments

I asked a question on SO and someone gave me the answer as a comment to the question. Subsequently, someone else gave the same answer as an answer. I would like to give credit to the poster who made ...
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Small but annoying problem: References to other answers are lost after name changes

There are answers or comments which refer to answers by another user's username without providing a link to them, if the user's name has changed there is no way to know which answer is being referred. ...
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Sorting answers by activity

I've noticed when a question is re-pushed to the top of the question stack (and thereby making it onto the home page of Stack Overflow) it can be tricky to figure out exactly what about that question (...
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What if my answer is better and the community agrees?

Situation: A user asks a question. The user gets a few answers. The user accepts an answer. Another answer is posted that is much better and gets a lot more up votes than the accepted answer. Is ...
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Informing new users of how to accept answers

I've been answering a lot of questions from new users lately where they tell me I've solved their problem but don't accept the answer. I've taken to doing something like this in a comment under my ...
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An elegant solution for “answer-stealing” edits?

I have noticed several times that when answering a question, someone who wrote an earlier answer will edit their answer by adding the content of my answer to theirs (as an alternate solution, or to ...
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30 answers ought to be enough for anybody

There is one mechanism currently that discourages too many answers on one question, and that is the autocommunitywikification after 30 (on some sites only 15) answers. This is an ugly and ineffective ...
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How can you get the permalink for an answer to a question?

I wanted to link to an answer to a Stack Overflow question, but couldn't find a way to do it. I couldn't get the ID of the answer in order to create the link. How can you get the permalink for an ...
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Way to convert a comment to an answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: mark a comment as answer to a question Some time back, I had asked "Way to convert an answer to a comment?", and got answer that Diamond moderators are given this feature. I ...
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May I summarize all answers

on StackOverflow, I asked a question. There are many good answers but I can not accept just one of it. I would prefer to create my own answer where I summarize all answers. Is that allowed?
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Do you ever not upvote a question that you answer?

Whenever I submit an answer (a real answer, not some @someone comment) I upvote the question. I generally do this because if the question is good enough to take time to answer it, it's good enough to ...
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Where to post a “canonical answer” when it's not in response to a specific question?

Per this SO Blog post, I've been working for about 2 weeks on trying to get Ajax uploading of files to work in Rails 3 using Paperclip to manage attachments. I finally found a solution that works ...
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Is it okay to answer a Stack Overflow question with a link? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? Just wondering what the etiquette for posting links should be. Let’s say you find a post or ...
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When should one add another answer instead of editing one's already posted? [duplicate]

When is it reasonable/recommended to add another answer when I have already added one? My doubt comes from this question that I answered although I find later that the question was not complete. I ...
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Extra square brackets and numbers when using automated link or add picture feature in questions and answers

I have recently noticed that when using the automated feature to add links, or to add images: That instead of getting: ![enter image description here][2] You get: [![enter image description here][...
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How can one answer questions in SO so fast?

How can one answer questions asked in SO so fast? I myself try to check if there are any new questions that I can answer, and when I do so, there are already plenty of nice answers. I do get the ...
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How do I do a “good” code dump for a comprehensive example?

I came across a question where a comprehensive example would be very useful. So I wrote an example program showing one way to solve their problem. My problem is that when I was done creating it, and ...
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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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I am bad at answering questions on Stackoverflow.com [duplicate]

The basic principles of Stack Overflow are to: ask and get answers, and read and answer questions. I'm good at asking, but when it comes to answering questions I feel like a fool because I lack the ...
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Submitting an answer to a closed question

Recently, (on meta), I was able to answer this question 30 seconds after it was closed. Close time: 2013-12-05 02:37:22Z Answered at: 2013-12-05 02:37:52Z This is fine. It is not a bug, rather it ...
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What level of notification should users have for questions they posted answers to (or left comments on)?

Currently, the UserVoice entry "Notify comments for comments" has 69 votes and is ranked 14th. It calls for notifying users whenever comments are added to answers they left comments on. I would like ...
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Long answers are truncated in SO

I wrote a long anwser to Python decorators. I've shorten it a little since, but you can see the original problem rolling back to the fourth revision. It's get truncated at the end. It's not just on ...
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Should there be an option to post anonymously?

On the most recent episode of This Developer's Life Jon Skeet was interviewed, and mentioned that sometimes he didn't receive the "accepted answer" even though his answer was correct, and he was first,...
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Is there a way to search for community wiki 'questions'?

I tried a search, but I get answers also in the results. I'd like to search only questions. I tried: wiki:1 question:1 (shot in the dark) but it didn't work, I still get answers in the results. In ...
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Do not group together answers to the same question in user page stats

I recently gave two different answers to a cw question (because it was basically asking for a list of independent items, of which I happened to provide two). I feel that it adds no value to have the ...
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Should we flag answers that only contain a link to another Stack Overflow answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do we do with answers that are just links to other Stack Overflow answers? There are many, many answers that simply contain a link to another Stack Overflow answer, ...
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Are “works for me” answers valid?

I've seen a number of questions where the only code posted is code that functions properly. On that occasion, there will often be a number of users leaving comments stating (and demonstrating) that ...
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Best answer versus best solution

I was recently in a bit of a quandary over which answer to accept to this question. Of the answers I got, two were the clear leaders and, of course, I up-voted both. Choosing a 'winner' was more ...
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Answering comment-answered questions [duplicate]

This one is more of a netiquette question. Sometimes I stumble on "unanswered" questions that were actually answered - in their comments. Those questions are shown as unanswered in the statistics. ...
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Add Answer From Top in iOS App

When there's one answer, it's no big deal. But when there's dozens and you have to scroll past every single other answer to add a new one, loading them in batches on a sketchy network, that takes a ...
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Retagging questions with the answer?

When the answer to a question can be summarized in one word, I've found myself wanting to retag questions with that answer as a tag. Is this good practice? Example: If "lib-y" is a good answer to the ...
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How about hiding answer score for first few hours?

On Stack Exchange sites I have always felt answering in the right time can result in a good score. The first few answers always get some advantage. If the scores are hidden for some specific time (...
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What do we do with answers that are just links to other Stack Overflow answers?

Googling for a solution to disable HTML5 form validation last night, I came across this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6112266/html5-form-validation-custom-info-message There is one ...
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Is it OK to post “there is no solution” answers?

When someone is asking about, for example, how to add a feature, or change behavior to/of some program for which you know it is not possible, is it acceptable to post a "this is not possible" answer? ...
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When an answer answers the wrong question, is it Not An Answer?

Looking at this comment and the response to it, I'm a bit confused: Just to clarify. I shouldn't flag an off-topic answer as "Not an Answer" right? Example: OP asks "How do I append a string to ...
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If I solve someones problem instead of answering their question, should I post a comment instead?

I posted this answer to a question where someone was trying to use regex to parse Html. The question was "How can I get my regex to work?" and my answer was "Don't use regex, use this instead". ...
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will anybody see my new answer to an old question?

Few minutes ago I Needed to do something, googled and found the exact question on SO question, but with an unperfect answer; googling more, I found the solution, and went back to insert my own answer (...
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I don't understand an answer. Should I add a comment, or post a new question?

I recently (today) asked a question that received what seems to be a clear, concise answer, but one that's beyond my ability to understand (I'm at the cut-and-paste stage with JavaScript, and the ...
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Duplicating manuals as answers?

Example: Read data from HTTP PUT How should I answer that further? I feel that the official PHP manual has an appropriate answer and even has comments that extend on that answer. But I don't want to ...
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Edit answer draft is broken

The Edit Answer Draft button is broken. Press Back with text in an answer box. The Edit answer draft bar does not appear. Seems like an onBackPressed() issue. Also: Press ← with text in the ...
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How to choose which answer to accept? [duplicate]

I've been concerned about what answer to choose as accepted. I have asked two questions on Stack Overflow. On my second one, there are three answers, and I feel that one of them answers my question ...
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I just posted on a closed question on the iOS app [duplicate]

I just posted on a closed question Is it OK to copy answers to the same question? How? Side point: I do not see any indication that the post is closed on the app
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Answering a Question Vs. Solving a Problem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “Don’t do it” a valid answer? As long I'm airing my grievances, I thought I'd throw out another point that drives me crazy. This actually is something I'...
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Should my answer cover every last possibility given the question?

I just noticed on different places that some answers are quite specific to the question that was asked and they have been downvoted because of not covering the more detailed part. For example, an ...
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Add navigation buttons to browse through answers

Maybe just small optional DVD-player like chapter-selection icons directly below the vote buttons, something à la >>, <<, >|, |< for next, previous, last and first answer.
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Add a “convert-comment-to-answer” button [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mark a comment as answer to a question I find that in many cases a comment I've made turns out to be the answer to the question. I suggest adding a "convert-comment-to-answer" ...
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Request a specific expert on a subject to answer your question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Routing a Question to a Particular SO Member or Members How to ask a question to a particular user of stackoverflow.com There come times where you have an advanced ...
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Show OPs if someone is answering, live

I ask a lot of question on SO, so this recommendation/idea comes from that experience. I'm not really sure how this would fit in with the current structure of SE. Oftentimes after asking a question, ...
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Is there a way to follow a user on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Is there a way to follow the questions and answers posted by a developer on Stack Overflow?

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