Questions tagged [wrong-answers]

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Getting attention for answers that have aways been incorrect [duplicate]

There's a question about what to do about outdated answers, but what if the answer is not outdated but was always incorrect and gave simply wrong information, or more seriously information that might ...
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Should I flag obviously wrong answers as NAA? [duplicate]

I came across some scenarios like these: Case 1: Obviously not true Q: Why does the sun rise and fall every day? A: Because the Earth self-rotates. A2: Because the sun orbits around the ...
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In general should problems you might have with a question's answer belong in the comment section or in a new answer?

In general should problems you might have with a post's answer belong in the comment section or in a new answer. Specific example a question's answer comes to the correct conclusion, but is filled ...
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What can be done with a question & bounty where single answer is already part of the question? [duplicate]

This question of mine has a bounty of 50 points and received a single answer so far. However the answer is already part of the original quesiton. Additionally the answer also does not solve the ...
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What can I do when seeing an obviously wrong answer, but can't comment or flag?

I spend some time on Stack Exchange communities, and have been a user for 5 months. I've joined a new subcommunity, so my reputation is low (actually it's just 1) and read some question and answers. ...
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Should I restrain myself from downvoting answers on question where I have answered as well [duplicate]

Sometimes I face this ethical dilemma when I want to downvote a bad answer but I'm not sure whether I should. On the one hand, there's the chance of a conflict of interest: I have answered the ...
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What to do about well received answers that don't answer the question, if correctness of an answer is subjective/needs expertise to see it's wrong?

Recently on biology SE there was a question evolutionary biology which generated a lot of interest. Often these sorts of questions attract a lot of opinionated and flawed answers, and answers that don'...
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Proposed way to deal with wrong answers

While many answers on SE sites are of great value, sometimes some answers are also wrong. This is dangerous since this misleads readers and hurts the network’s credibility. It seems there are two ...
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Should I delete an upvoted answer that another, better answer has shown to be quite incorrect? [duplicate]

I have a +7/-0 answer, written based on a reasonably careful reading of a particular authoritative text (not the question itself, which was straightforward). Unfortunately, I wasn't careful enough, ...
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Put Bounty on Answered Question with Wrong Answer [duplicate]

How can I create a custom live tile in Windows Phone 8.1? is the exact question I want to ask. The accepted answer is wrong. So I want to put a bounty on it to bring the attention of someone who ...
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How to handle users who are frequently wrong and resistant to constructive cricticism

At times I come across users who frequently post either partially or outright incorrect answers, and who are resistant to constructive criticism when it is politely given to them in comments. Normally ...
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What is most constructive action to prolific, enthusiastic misinformed user's many wrong answers?

There is a highly enthusiastic user with lots of time to post incorrect answers on topic he's most enthusiastic about. Through sheer massive effort and lots of free time he's got high enough rep that ...
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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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What should happen with popular 'accepted' answers that just aren't right? [duplicate]

Blatantly wrong accepted answer 4 Answers Like this one for example... How to get image size (height & width) using JavaScript? the answer should just be removed.
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What to do with a highly-voted bad answer? [duplicate]

I think the most highly voted answer to this question is not a good idea in that one should not really be copying files from a JDK and moving them to a JRE. I added an answer and a comment to that ...
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Does the suggested edit feature serve any purpose if we cannot fix mistakes in code?

I recently suggested two edits to improve code in answers. The code was just plain wrong and didn't work, and my edits fixed the problem. I was able to do this after the problems were discussed in the ...
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Poor question with an accepted invalid answer [duplicate]

I can't see how this question and the accepted answer will help any future visitors. The tags are wrong, the question is poor, and the answer is in C# while the OP asked for a VBA solution. The ...
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Should I edit my wrong answer or post a new answer?

I answered a question based on my theory, without actually trying out the solution myself. Then after a small conversation over comments, it turns out, this won't solve the said problem. Now I have ...
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Question has only one answer that is incorrect and upvoted

My question from last year Right aligning text in PdfPCell has only one answer (the other answer is really a comment) but that answer is incorrect, yet has a score of 3 and received a bounty. Is ...
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I posted a wrong answer but solved the issue in comments. What to do now?

I did like one of those gangsters and rushed in for a quick answer but without enough sleep, didn't notice the answer is not accurate about that question. Question owner started a comment chat and I ...
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Is editing the accepted answer with “This answer is incorrect. Please downvote it” allowed?

I've just come across an edit to an accepted answer (link here), which adds the following to the top of the accepted answer: This answer is incorrect. Please downvote it. As Sardaukar's ...
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Hitting the wrong button while reviewing

Because of my trackpad configuration (tap to click) and my unsteady finger in this late hour of the night, I hit the wrong button while reviewing this non-answer: https://stackoverflow.com/review/...
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Can we have an additional flag to indicate technical inaccuracies?

I just got: declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer For flagging the following post, using the <not an answer> flag, which is ok, ...
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How should one deal with a factually incorrect answer that has been accepted? [duplicate]

In this question a factually incorrect answer has been accepted as the correct answer. I've browsed some of the other wrong-answers questions, and generally the situation is either a wrong answer is ...
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Is it ok to flag answers as “low quality” because they are wrong? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question that got a quick answer that was wrong. After a few comments with the answerer, he stopped defending his position (because it does not work). But the answer is still ...
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How should blatant wrong answers be dealt with? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Blatantly wrong accepted answer If an answer is wrong (factually, logically or any way that is obvious), then how should it be dealt with ? Although such answers are usually ...
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correction with less than 6 characters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What about lowering the edit character limit for characters in code snippets? I'd like to change the answer of user Yuan in this question because the second item in his list ...
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What do I do when I discover my answer is wrong?

This just happened: Generating random numbers and sorting them out in Java I see my options as: Edit out the incorrect answer, replacing the text with a new answer. That doesn't seem right, it had ...
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How do I get further help if the answers I received don't work?

I've asked How to test if a shape and a panel are at the same location on Stack Overflow, but I'm not getting the answer I need. Either the answer doesn't work, or my knowledge of Delphi is too small ...
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How can the policy regarding incorrect obsolete answers be improved?

Programming languages and environments change rapidly, and SO answers may quickly become obsolete and incorrect. Is there a clear policy on dealing with such answers by others, so that users landing ...
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What to do when all answers to a question are wrong because of a misinterpretation of the question?

Due to a a question having a subtle ambiguity or being misinterpreted, all 3 answers are wrong. Should I down vote them, delete the question, or something different? All 3 answers do not work and when ...
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What can be done with a blatantly wrong answer to a popular question? [duplicate]

Today I came across a very popular question with 153,899 views. One of the answers suggested something which I knew was not possible (I was in doubt, but a quick test proved I was right): https://...
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How do I prevent my wrong answer from bleeding further?

It was one of those days where I was too high on my coffee and had 1 too many cancer sticks, and I gave a stupid answer to a good question. And StackOverflow community responded well, fast and ...
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What should I do about “Learning Experience” Answers?

What I mean by "Learning Experience" Learning Experience answers are misguided in such a way that they generate useful negative feedback. They typically include a piece of information that is either ...
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Is it appropriate to comment on an accepted answer?

If I have a particular problem with an answer that was accepted for a question that I did not ask, is it acceptable for me to identify problems with that answer? An example of this situation is below:...
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Adding a flag answers button (ie “You did not read the question”, “Answered the wrong question”)

It drives me nuts when people don't read a question, than then respond to it incorrectly. An example: On Programmers, someone asked the etiquette of forking a project. Rather than discussing that, ...
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What is the etiquette for modifying my own answer?

When I answer a question and later I discover that my original was wrong or incomplete. What is proper to do? edit my own answer and change its meaning; or create a new answer and perhaps downvote ...
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Correct answer became incorrect after a question edit, what now?

Imagine there's a question. And there is an answer - a correct one, getting upvotes. OP edits his question, because he forgot to specify a detail which now renders the answer incorrect. OP also ...
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What to do with closed questions with out of date answers?

I've seen a lot of questions about how to handle out of date answers, but I came across a post that presents a slightly different problem. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/60240/project-tracking-...
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Ban w3schools.com from being used as a “source” in answers

We already know that http://lmgtfy.com/ ("Let Me Google That For You" - a site that sarcastically demonstrates how to use Google) is banned from use in answers, mostly because a lot of people used it ...
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Question status and more options for answers- accept multiple, mark as rejected, helpful, not helpful, solved

I have found the community very helpful in answering questions but am often torn as to which answer to accept. I appreciate that answers are largely sorted and prioritised by the upvote downvote ...
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Requesting review of technically inaccurate answers

Some answers are plain wrong, or even harmful. Usually these get spotted pretty quickly and either fixed or deleted by the poster, on the basis of comments/votes. Sometimes though these slip under ...
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Should people be prompted to delete their bad questions and answers?

I recently gave a really bad answer to a question, it was so bad I thought 'I wish I hadn't have said that' and started looking for ways to delete it. It didn't take me too long to find the delete ...
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What to do with answers the author admits are wrong?

I've seen a few answers such as: I tried this but it didn't work: float main(void, void) { printf("holllo warld?"): } I am not sure why this doesn't work. Essentially an incorrect answer ...
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Allow moderators to remove accepted flags on blatantly incorrect answers

Yes, there is discussion around what a person can do when there is a blatantly accepted wrong answer: Blatantly wrong accepted answer Should moderators be allowed to delete accepted answers? And so ...
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Is deleting a down-voted answer to preserve my reputation points bad?

Let's say I'm trying to answer a lot of questions just to up my reputation (even if I generally don't know what I'm talking about). Then, whenever I get downvoted, I just delete my answer so that ...
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Add slightly wrong answer so google searchers find answer?

My Google searching last night on a specific error message gave me one result: a Stack Overflow question ( and then a number of derivatives: Wow! A lot of sites copy the SO content.) (I'd add the ...
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Should you downvote an answer that solves the problem, but doesn't answer the question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should you downvote an answer that “works” because it is not strictly “correct”? This is slightly related to a similar question I found on Meta, but is ...
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Introduce a non-tag way to mark / blame bad code / bad practice

With the overwhelming influx of more and more bad quality code from beginners in tags such as PHP, jQuery, mysql, etc. it becomes increasingly likely that bad code / bad practice is not corrected ...
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Allow me to change my vote if I discover an answer is wrong after I upvote it

I asked a question about Google Plus and OpenSocial on Stack Overflow. A long time passed without any answers being posted, but I finally got this answer. I voted for it, not knowing any better. It ...