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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How to handle outdated answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to deal with obsolete answers? I searched for how to handle exceptions in rspec and got to this question. It did not help as the syntax is outdated. So I figured it out ...
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Does the OP of a question get a message in the inbox when I update my answer?

Does the OP of a question get a message in the inbox when I update my answer? Or do I have to make all the time a comment saying "@OP I updated my answer". (Its a bit annoying when there are a lot ...
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Existing answers should be eligible for bounty auto-award, when the reason for bounty is to reward an existing answer

I am not asking... ... to remove the 24-hour waiting period for reward-type bounties. ... for the ability to pre-select the winning answer, either. My request is this: When a user sets a ...
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Why can 1 rep users post so many answers so fast?

I just came across this(10k only) on Ask Ubuntu. (Image Link) A new, one-rep user just posted thirteen "abusive" answers over fifteen minutes. Is there ever a legitimate reason for a user, especially ...
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Allow an accepted answer to become unstuck after it is heavily downvoted [duplicate]

Background Accepted answers are useful to show which answer helped the OP the most and are likely to be helpful to others; therefore they show at the very top of the list of answers; irrespective of ...
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Add Year to Dates for Dates within 11 Months

Note: I know this is very similar to "Add year to question and answer dates.". I felt it deserved a separate question because I'm asking for a modification to the functionality requested in that ...
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How to refer to your blog when answering? [duplicate]

I know that putting a link to your blog in a signature is frowned upon and rightly so. Is it okay to link to your blog in an answer if that blog post answers the question? Are there other situations ...
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Is it okay to write answers that compete with moderators' or 10k+ users' answers?

I am afraid of posting answers to questions that have already been answered by moderators and/or 10k+ users. I've posted about ten or 12 such answers between SO and MSO. Whenever I have different ...
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I thought I posted a good answer [closed]

Ok so I answered a question about PHP global variables, and my answer was right to the point and solved the OP's problem. I had two upvotes and the OP accepted my answer. However, maybe 3 hours later (...
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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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Deciding what answer to accept: the correct one-liner or the later elaborate one with code?

Lately I've been getting some good answers to some specific questions. However, I've been hesitating on what answer I should accept. Do I go with the short quick answer or do I accept a later answer ...
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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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How could I have handled this exchange better?

I had an exchange with a user regarding an answer they posted, specifically this one. It's one of my first such discussions and I don't feel it went well. I'm wondering how I could respond differently ...
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How to handle answer where poster wants credit for code if used?

In ANT. Override properties. Optional Execution in Single Target I noticed this at the top of the answer: If you find this tip useful, and use it, please give credit in your code to Canova, email &...
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Is it okay to put partial answers?

So let's say someone asks a question and you know an integral part of the answer, but not the whole thing. An example of one is this person was trying to make a scalable div with some styling. I knew ...
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Etiquette for accepting incomplete answers

When asking questions on Stack Overflow, sometimes a user will give an answer which fixes some of the problems, but not others. However, this fix allows me to fix all of the problems in the code. Is ...
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How to handle an answer as a comment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to handle questions which are answered in the comments? Someone answered a question of mine in a comment. How do I handle the situation? I don't want to leave the question ...
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Using your browser's back button may result in posting an answer twice

Under some circumstances, when posting an answer and using the browser's back button, hitting the 'Post Your Answer' button again results in the answer being posted twice. This happened to me here by ...
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Option to delete an answer only visible after a reload

I used to be able to cast the first downvote on an answer with zero-score and then immediately click the delete link under the answer. Now, I cast the first downvote and then need to refresh the page ...
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Do not recommend the “not an answer” flag for conversion to a comment

The official guidance for the “not an answer” flag reads: This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, ...
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Why are users without sufficient reputation to self-answer prompted to place answers in comments or the question? [duplicate]

A user with low reputation posted a question on Game Development. He then found a solution himself, and edited his answer into the question. When suggested to not do that, and instead post the answer ...
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“Don't just link to jsfiddle.net” hint sometimes hinders answering the questions

Recently I found a new hint when answering the questions in SO, saying: Please make your answer complete by including relevant, formatted code inline (don't just link to jsfiddle.net). In one ...
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The “there are already 30 answers” message shouldn't override the “you already answered this” message

When you try to post an answer to a question that already has 30 answers you receive the following message: This question has more than 30 answers already. Did you read through all the existing ...
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Is it ok to request for answer instead of comment with a comment message?

I got some furious commments once I long ago requested someone to leave his comment as an answer so that I could accept it and the points would go to the right person. Is it allowed to do such a thing ...
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If I answer a clearly dup'd question, am I part of the problem?

A really simple question was asked recently, and I didn't think to check for dups before answering, and neither did a couple of others who have answered. By giving answers to the dup, are we ...
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Apathetic Answers

Lately I've been seeing a lot of explanation-less answers, which in my eyes deserves a downvote. Answers should benefit not only the OP, but anybody googling the issue, no? In this specific case, I ...
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'Daily vote limit reached' only for comments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the daily comment vote limit? I'm not completely sure but when I want to vote a comment I get the message: Daily vote limit reached; vote again in 10 hours but for ...
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Correct action for non-answers by new users

Often new users post one-liners with unrelated questions/comments as answers to existing questions where I'd like to vote "close as not a real answer". They come in several flavors: Things that ...
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Debate about the correct answer (large bounty involved)

One of my recently posted questions attracted a lot of interest and had a 500 point bounty attached to it. As I'm fairly new to SO and never had a question attract much interest (usually I end up ...
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Why review low quality answers to locked questions?

This comes up in the review pane for Review Low Quality Posts: https://stackoverflow.com/review/low-quality-posts/71833 This is really a "piss poor" answer (quote from the answer) to a not very good ...
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What to do with the question if the problem turns out to be something irrelevant

What to do when: You have a problem you can not solve. You post a question to one of StackExchange sites. Describe in detail the situation which produces the problem. People start posting answers, ...
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One-line answers

I often encounter answers on SO are only one line, and later they are not improved. One of the rules suggests that a user should comment on the question instead of providing a one-line answer (...
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How can Stack Overflow encourage more thorough answers?

Several times over the past week (meaning 7 days, not the Stack Overflow week for which I still cannot figure out the schedule), I've written up a quick answer to a "Please debug my code and/or ...
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Comments for comments, answers for answers, is it that hard?

I have came across to this situation a couple of times. One guy (or my self) ask something like: How can I delete the whole filesystem in LISP Or Is there a way I can shoot myself in the foot ...
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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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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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Posting irrelevant “answers” to programming questions on Meta

Disclaimer: Please don't take this as a personal attack if you've done this before. I think the "Calvin and Hobbes" thing is sort-of-funny too. I just don't think it's an appropriate response to ...
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How do I combine two answers to create the best answer on stackoverflow?

I just asked my first question on stackoverflow and I'm really impressed that my question seems to be answered sufficiently already! See: Width of an element accounting for quirks mode in javascript? ...
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Are “answers” strictly for answers? [duplicate]

Consider this recent question I attempted to help on. The root cause of the problem is unclear, but the code was messy and may have contributed to the issue. So as a step in resolving the OP's issue,...
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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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Can we have a notification when the answer to any of my question got edited? [duplicate]

If a user asked a question and got an answer which was not helpful. After sometime the answerer edits the answer with some good content. How the OP will get to know that? Is it necessary to add ...
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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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A better “insufficient explanation” post notice

While answering this, I realized that the "insufficient explanation" post notice had potential to be quite useful on sites like MO, Physics, Chem (possibly Math, Bio, CogSci, and the other ...
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What will happen when all the possible answers are given to all possible questions?

What will happen when all the possible answers are given to all possible questions?
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Does it look good to edit the question you're answering?

I have a question about editing practices: Does it look good to edit a question you have just answered? For example: say I had just answered a question, then saw that the question had some minor ...
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What is a “good” question/answer ratio?

(This is perhaps pretty close to Question/answer ratio etiquette in Stack Overflow? and maybe a few others...but it seems at least a smidge different than an "exact duplicate" to me...) It seems that ...
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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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If your answer is right, but it's late, should you delete it?

If I'm writing a response and when I click post, there are 0 (or, even for argument, 1) answers to a question, and my answer is right (perhaps even the same as another answer), should I delete my ...
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Is it bad form to answer a question with a rhetorical question?

Today I noticed that this answer to a question is in the form of a questions. Now professors/teachers use this technique all the time to encourage the student to think a little more instead of spoon ...
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Should correct answers to bad questions be down voted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should users be penalized for answering bad questions? When I come across an SO question which is too broad or shows no research effort (the type that one google search could ...

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