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First answer queue showed me an answer by a long-time user [duplicate]

My first answer queue today showed my this answer: How to use structured bindings to set array's values? The answer history shows no edits. The answering user has been around since at least 2018 ...
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Why do I get so many downvotes? [duplicate]

I am new and getting lots of downvotes. Can you see what I did wrong in these two examples? Help would be very much appreciated. Show your work: one simple trick to make meta effective Posts ...
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How should Stack Exchange humanities sites discuss anti-LGBTQ topics without infringing on the CoC?

I've recently been browsing three sites on this network dedicated to major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. And I found it jarring to see answers like the below, some of which are highly ...
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How can I link to a specific section/part to a specific answer on a specific page? [duplicate]

I was able to add <a name="JavaEnvVar"></a> name-link inside (or top-of) the section related to "Setup Java Environment Variable" in my own answer. My answer post is a ...
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Why was my 'Be Best' Winter Bash knitting removed?

Earlier this month, I posted a Winter Bash knitting (10k only link) based on the First Lady's Be Best campaign promoting well-being and online safety, containing the knitted text 'Be Best' in red/blue ...
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Why was the entire comment thread to this answer deleted? [duplicate]

The entire comment thread to my answer to this gender pronoun question was deleted. Can anyone with admin rights see the old thread? [Edit And explain why it was deleted?] Edit 2 Moving up comments ...
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How is this not a rude answer?

I recently came across this answer to a basic "help I can't do X because I'm new" question, here on MSE. First of all to get a reputation you should not asking a question like that! Secondly check ...
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Does Meta have a different standard for NAA?

There is an answer here (screenshot) which does not attempt answer a question and instead posts a joke in response to a whimsical bounty message. Several people flagged it as NAA and it quickly ...
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This CoC is getting out of control--it's eating zombies now

One of the best answers on this website was deleted late last year. Why is asking a question on "best practice" a bad thing? Well, actually, it wasn't just deleted, the answerer was struck ...
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Should we rollback / improve the answer on "Database schema documentation"

I'm about to rollback the community wiki answer on Database schema documentation for the public data dump and SEDE It was seriously overhauled in revisions 75 and 76 but I had to do a partial patch ...
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Internal links for Movies & TV not converted to title

In my answer to Where can I ask questions about TVs?, the internal links to questions on Movies & TV were not converted to question titles. The titles display properly in the markdown preview ...
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Why is my answer detected as spam?

I provided this answer on Gamedev and it doesn't allow me to post the answer since it thinks it's a spam. (I am posting a link to the answer via Pastebin since it's detected as spam even in this ...
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What is going on with this deleted answer?

I'm a bit confused by this Q&A pair: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/253062/dimensional-analysis-problem (10k on Physics, or dev team.) The question looks like this: Of note: The ...
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Why can't I edit my answer?

I posted an answer in 2010. This answer is a link-only answer. I wanted to edit it to add the essential information from the link. When I click on edit, the editing box appears but I cannot type or ...
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Is this answer worthy of redemption?

Patient: It hurts when I bang my head against the wall. Doctor 1: The reason for that is [lengthy technical discussion]. But try again at 5pm on a Tuesday. Doctor 2: Don't bang your head on the ...
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One of those "Not An Answer" flag questions

I flagged this answer as "Not an Answer", and the flag was declined by a moderator with the following text: declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it Normally, ...
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Not getting reputation gains

I am not getting reputation gain for the last couple answer I posted, though it has two upvotes. I am nowhere near any rep caps. This particular question is listed as a community wiki but I didn't ...
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Why is this answer VLQ ? (audit) [closed]

I've come across an audit I failed while reviewing the VLQ queue. The question was about a PHP hit counter that wasn't working (it was due to an incorrect filename extension). The answer was: ...
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Low-quality posts review queue shows answers from deleted questions

I just reviewed an answer to a deleted question in Low Quality Posts review queue. Below the question, I can see only Question question not found and the link in the right column leads me to a page ...
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Should this "not an answer" flag have been disputed? [duplicate]

I recently flagged this as "not an answer". It's a link-only answer without an actual link. Full text: For anyone still stuck, codeacademy.com has an excellent practical tutorial on prototypes in ...
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Reasonable SO newbie question deleted - can undelete? [closed]

A colleague (David Watson) using SO answered this question: WiX 3.8 MSI for a 32-bit and a 64-bit machine And it was deleted for the questionable crime of including not only what looks like a ...
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User wants to delete his answer but can't [duplicate]

The user that posted this answer https://stackoverflow.com/a/20884445/66686 wants it deleted, but he can't delete it (he says in the comments). I can only vote for deletion so my questions would be: ...
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Please undelete my answer [closed]

As per the advice at How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion? I would like to politely ask if anyone could ...
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How did this answer manage to garner 50 incorrect "not an answer" flags in less than an hour?

Here's the original answer: Thank you guys for all your help, it seems that the error was on the gridview1.rows(i).cells(4), it was hidden that is why there was nothing to compare to. anyways, i ...
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"Not an Answer" flag

I have recently had a Not an Answer flag on this response declined on the grounds of "flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer". The answer is a ...
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Why was a correct answer deleted and converted to a comment?

Please refer to the following question (on SO): How to list all the files changed by a perforce change list One of the answers to the question was deleted and converted to a comment: Although many ...
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Delete answer with no apparent reason

Recently I answered a question about a serious problem with the Facebook PHP auth2.0 invalid token issue. A Moderator deleted my answer. I am just trying to find out what is going on. I was ...
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Why delete a well rated accepted answer?

My question had nearly 9000 hits so its quite popular and many Django web developers would like to know how to utilize Fontawesome. Over a year ago I had come across the opensource project Raty and ...
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Why is this answer not considered "link only"?

I came across this answer that I flagged as "a link only answer" (flagged manually, not via low quality review task): Maybe it's your antivirus. Are you using avast if so look at this https://...
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Accepted answer removed - Is it possible to find out why?

The following (accepted) answer has just been removed: "java libraries to read barcodes from a pdf" Is it possible to find out why? I know it wasn't for commercial reasons since I am not affiliated ...
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Declined NAA flag - why? [duplicate]

This answer looks very much as not-an-answer to me but was declined (no evidence). On the bright side: it was at least deleted :-) Screenshot so <10K can judge as well: Any idea as to why my ...
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Why does Stack Overflow make all my answers community wiki? [duplicate]

My recent answers got turned into community wiki (CW) state automatically. I know about answers getting turned into community wikis after 10 edits - which I think is not right anyway if I was the only ...
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Not exactly the right answer

Please have a look at this question. Now this question has few answers. One of the answers from a person seems to be pretty much what the OP wants and I went ahead and upvoted it. But there is ...
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Is this really an acceptable answer?

I had just failed a review audit for the first time which had the following post: https://stackoverflow.com/a/18868306/2074608 Shouldn't this be a comment, and if this was a comment, be flagged as "...
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Why was my answer deleted by a moderator on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I answered a question about URL Rewriting in asp.net. The question URL is how to remove the extension .aspx of first login page on my web application My answer to the question was pretty simple. "...
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Why my answer was deleted [duplicate]

I answered this question and automatically I was downvoted, an the answer was deleted, I think this is not correct The question: Can I use PHP reserved variable as my variable?
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I don't understand why my answer deleted to my own question?

I answered my own question, but I do not know why it got deleted. Apparently a moderator deleted it, so I, as the asker, cannot delete it. My answer was Install phpmailer. Here is a sample on ...
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What to do when an answer links to a subscription-only site?

In this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3587959/wpf-datagrid-binding-a-custom-column The OP answered his own question adding a link to Experts Exchange which you can not see unless you ...
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What to do when downvoters don't leave a comment and an answer is accepted?

I have a very strange situation. I have answered this question today on Stack Overflow. In the initial stage I got some upvotes, but later on people are downvoting it. I am not worried about the ...
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Why was my upvoted answer deleted? [duplicate]

My answer on Using C# to check if string contains a string in string array was deleted by a moderator despite having 1 up vote. I would like to understand why?
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Wondering why my answer was deleted as the best answer does not work [closed]

I had decided to answer a question due to eventually cracking the issue that the questioner raised. The highest voted answer (1) had been answered that would work in a general case but not this ...
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Deleted answer reborn?

I flagged this answer as "Not an answer" + downvoted it. It got deleted by the moderator and I got back the 1 rep. However, the poster of the answer seems to have commented on the answer and as ...
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I think this should be a comment [duplicate]

I flagged this answer because it is clearly a comment in my opinion, and not only in my opinion but in the answerer's opinion, too. (See his own comment below.) So I don't understand why I got this ...
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Someone duplicated my answer to my own question, remains there after flagging and even got upvoted

I posted this question. Then because nobody answered I continued debugging and eventually found the answer. For future purposes for other people I put the solution in the answer box. Then someone ...
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My accepted answer was deleted, didn't match FAQs [closed]

I answered this question. My answer was accepted as correct, and then a moderator deleted it. I read the "Why was my question deleted?" FAQs and it didn't match any category. Any help here? Here is ...
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Why was this flagged answer (not an answer) declined?

I flagged this answer as not an answer, and it was declined: declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer The answer does not answer the ...
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Recommend MVVM or just answer the question?

There's a question that was recently asked found here: How can I bind a C# WPF TextBox to different properties depending on a condition? The question asks about bindings in WPF but makes no mention ...
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Why has my answer been deleted?

I'm quite new to Stack Overflow. I've answered a question here fastest way to set every pixel Looks like question author found my answer helpful. I'm not trying to argue or anything, just to ...
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Copying parts of others' replies into own replies

It has just happened to me in the thread below that there was an answer which had several mistakes, and there was no reusable bit inside in the initial version. How to check the selected version of ...
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Is "Source codes are free upon request" acceptable?

The author of this answer mostly describes the performance of his solution, with a bit of hint about the implementation. He ends the answer with "Source codes are free upon request". I think that ...
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