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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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Is it wrong to edit your own old answer to reflect changes in the technology when another user's answer already does this? [duplicate]

So I have a slight ethical issue. A few years ago, I answered this question with what I believed at the time to be a good answer. I had just started out in my field (iOS Development) at the time and ...
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Why aren't old, abandoned, negatively-voted answers auto-deleted, like the questions are?

The Roomba process eliminates closed, negatively voted, etc. types of questions after weekly, monthly, yearly checks. However, I do not understand why the similar checks are not applied to answers. ...
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Accepting Correct Answers, Upvoting and Voting statistics

I saw lots of 0 point accepted answers on Stack Overflow and it makes me discomfortable, because if someone accepts the answer, they should and must upvote the correct answer. Or maybe, any correct ...
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Is it acceptable to take the self-answer from an edit to the question and post it?

I just came across this question. As soon as OP found the solution, they edited their question and added the answer instead of posting properly posting a new answer. Another user removed the answer ...
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What to do with a question that is answered in a chat room

On Stack Overflow I came to a solution through a chat room what is linked in the comments. Related question: Unable to resolve module some-name from Path/To/Project/script.js I read: What to do with ...
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Is there a new “Read-More-auto-insert” feature active on the sites?

I started writing a new answer just now on Chem.SE, and all of a sudden I realized some text had appeared that I (am pretty sure I) hadn't typed: Is this some sort of new automagic thingummy? Is ...
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Formatting bar right aligned before anonymously answering

If you're not logged in, you see this at the bottom of every question: Those icons should be left aligned. In addition to this I noticed that there is more alignment weirdness happening once you ...
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Why is a decent response to a poorly asked question getting downvotes? [closed]

The question has been answered with a clear and valid answer (in my opinion), but so far the answer has a -3 rating. The question was obviously poorly asked (it is non-generic, contains unnecessary ...
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What if you get an answer to an old unanswered question, and you cannot anymore “judge” if it's “acceptable”?

I've asked a question "ages" ago (in April 2011). It now received an answer for the first time. Unfortunately, I cannot judge anymore if the answer is any good, since I haven't used that language/API ...
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Requesting the ability to star an answer, and just not the question [duplicate]

This is especially true for the IT-based stack exchanges, where the questions are all pertinent to an issue the searcher has. However, many times these popular questions have pages of answers, and the ...
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Under what conditions is the answer box replaced with an “Answer this question” button? [duplicate]

Today, I stumbled upon a question on Workplace Stack Exchange to flag a spam post. I noticed that the 'new answer editor' which usually appears at the bottom of the page was replaced by an 'Answer ...
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How to encourage users to say WHY their solution works?

Regularly on Stack-overflow I come across some really great solutions but although the solution works fine the author does not say WHY it works. A great example of this is here The top voted answer ...
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Why are my answers showing lower than usual?

Recently, my answers are showing at the bottom of the page, even though I got good scores on those answers. Android Fragments and animation ProgressDialog is deprecated.What is the alternate one to ...
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Is it allowed to answer multiple questions from the same user?

If I monitor a specific tag and that tag does not have a lot of people that ask questions, is it a problem if I answer the same people more than once? I mean, if a user asked 5 questions in 5 days ...
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Will I get a new populist badge for a new answer if the answer I got for the first one became accepted?

Let's assume this scenario: I get the populist badge for a specific answer (as it outscores the accepted answer by the required margin) The asker later changes the accepted mark to my answer, so it ...
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Put correct answer in the question or edit the accepted answer? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a problem (this is quite common) and ask on one of the Stack sites. There are a few answers, but none of them are really great. Eventually, after some back and forth in the comment ...
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Should answers reflect the asker's level of experience?

Many times I've seen beginners ask questions that could be answered better with a more intimate understanding of the language. In such cases, should answers to such questions reflect the level of ...
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The /help/how-to-answer on all sites should include information about reading existing answers and suggesting that new answers add information

I'm not aware of any site that would permit many people to post the same or very similar answers to a question. I thought that this was rather obvious, but there's no place in the Help Center to point ...
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Where should I post my sum-up of the answers, as the OP? [duplicate]

Sometimes as the OP (question asker), after reading through all the answers, I have my own sum-up about them. I want to tell people and all further readers about my feeling and comprehension about my ...
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How can I see the list of my own answers only for bounty questions? [duplicate]

Is there a possible way to search my own answers that are posted only for bounty questions (whether or not they currently have a bounty on them)?
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When to answer, when to comment? [duplicate]

When looking at questions on StackOverflow these days I can't help but notice that most questions don't get a "proper" answer anymore. Instead, they are lots of comments to the question which try to ...
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General strategy to post something that *avoids* landing on the Hot Network Questions

Based only loosely on How are questions in the 'hot' tab selected? Some people seem to enjoy landing with their posts on the frontpage, possibly influencing their reputation quite massively (either ...
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Would be nice to be able to submit linked answers that show as a regular answer

I often see questions and think, I know I, or someone else, answered that well in a different question, but the question itself is not really a duplicate. I usually just add a comment saying "Read ...
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Convert to edit button in moderator queue disabled, but not in mod menu

For this answer (now deleted), where the OP tried to add additional information to their question, the "convert to edit" option has been disabled in the moderator queue: However, when I open the mod ...
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Searching/Filtering my own answers

I get that you can use the search box at the top for this, probably. But then you'd need to know how to set that search query up. It would be helpful if you under your answers page could filter/...
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Which negatively voted question has the most answers?

Out of all the negatively voted questions on SE, which one has the most answers (at the time of this post)?
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Is it wrong to answer a 2 months old question that hasn't been answered properly?

I've come across a question about HTML on Stack Overflow, which hasn't been clearly answered, then, I decided to contribute and answer it. However, I didn't realize 2 months had passed since and I ...
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Improvements to handling questions with too many answers

I noticed something today on Software Engineering when dealing with an autogenerated moderator flag regarding "More than 10 answers posted to this question in the past 7 days". Mainly - this flag isn'...
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How can I view all of my answers that are quoted elsewhere in someone else's answer?

Recently I saw an answer from another user where they had quoted one of my answers within theirs. It felt nice. So that had me wondering, is there any way to see all my answers that are quoted ...
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How should I improve an answer to my own question?

Situation is as follows: I posted a question on Stack Exchange which, at the moment of the post, I did not know the answer to. Some answers were provided. One of them fits what I would define as good ...
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What to do if I find an answer, but I don't have permission to post from the author?

Last month I asked a question on Arqade about the luck-based Mario Party 2 minigame "Day at the Races". I wanted to know if each of the 4 selectable racers had an equal chance of winning. A few days ...
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Correct course of action when an answer is nearly word-for-word copied without attribution? [duplicate]

I was searching "C++ returning array from function" on Google when I noticed that the top two results - Stack Overflow and Tutorialspoint - had exactly the same short description beneath the ...
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Removing answers in mass - damaging the site - is that really acceptable?

At the moment over on Software Engineering StackExchange there is a user manually removing all of their positively-voted answers, seemingly for a laugh. I wholly support that the account is theirs and ...
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Is there a way to search questions only or answers only?

Is there a way to limit a search to questions only or answers only? Sometimes I am looking for specific questions, checking for duplicate questions or just simply searching for a problem, not a ...
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How to reply to meta questions?

What is the most appropriate way of responding to a meta post. For example, if someone has pointed out a bug, how does one reply to that. I don't normally answer questions as I am unsure what to put. ...
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Limit number of edits on a newly posted answer

Scenario: A new question is posted. Within 30 seconds of posting, there is a answer with a bare minimal/incomplete solution. Over the next two minutes, 5-6 edits are made to the answer, with each ...
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Enable Answer @replies to operate like Comment @replies [duplicate]

When a user posts an answer to a question and uses "@user" the user to whom they refer doesn't get a Notification, unlike comment @replies which does alert the user about the post. It would seem that ...
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Topbar overlaps help block when editing an answer

If you topbar has stickiness ability (this option is available for any Stack Overflow family site) then while you are on the editing an answer page the help block on the right hand side of the page is ...
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Notices are confusing on mobile web

Which answer does this notice belong to? If you said the one that starts with “possible”, you are wrong. The post notice belongs to the answer above that (not shown in the screenshot). It is ...
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SE paid membership with payout to users who answer questions [duplicate]

I use SE and SO a lot. I am so thankful for all the folks who volunteer their time to help me and answer my questions. While I want to, I rarely have time to give back by answering other folks' ...
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Shared IP Answer Ban workarounds? [duplicate]

I browse from a shared IP address (my university gives no other option) and I, for the first time ever, decided to answer a question on Stack Exchange. I have apparently been answer banned but I have ...
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Is “serial answering” permitted?

Suppose that you are on a user's profile and start to answer a handful of their questions with little delay between those answers. Is this behaviour acceptable? Will those answers get reversed, like ...
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Are hints rather than full answers for educating beginners allowed? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see beginners in a subject (it is apparent in the question) asking for solving some issue. My natural instinct is to guide them to resolving the problem themselves rather that just giving ...
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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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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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Was the sorting changed? [duplicate]

I just saw a few questions where the accepted answer was not the top answer when sorting by votes. I think that was always the case a few days ago. Did the sorting system change?
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Feature to mark a favorite answer [duplicate]

Just like we get to mark questions as favorites, is there any scope/relevance of being able to mark individual answers as favorites as well. Of course, there is an indirect way to do that by 'upvoting'...
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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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Why was a useful answer that clarified the use case of the question deleted? [closed]

In this question, there is a comment asking the motivation/use case of the question. So I (who asked the question) added an answer to clarify that. But unfortunately, it was deleted, under the ...
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How should I handle link-only answers pointing to another Stack Exchange site?

On Super User, I saw an answer that points to an answer on Stack Overflow: brew install wkhtmltopdf fails. I documented on StackOverflow the correct way to install wkhtmltopdf using Homebrew ...

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