Questions tagged [wrong-answers]

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what happens and what should happen when an asker accepts a wrong answer? [duplicate]

In this question (about how to check version number for numpy), they answer accepted by the asker, as been commented by multiple people, as not being neither standard, nor the recommended method. ...
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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There's a question about what to do about outdated answers, but what if the answer is not outdated but was always incorrect and gave simply wrong information, or more seriously information that might ...
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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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What to do if I wrongly flag an answer [duplicate]

Note: I didn't downvote! (yet) Earlier today, I flagged an answer as it really wasn't an answer at the time. However, the poster later added a JSFiddle example (which didn't really answer the ...
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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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Blatantly wrong accepted answer

ADO.NET DataRow - check for column existence The accepted answer is factually incorrect; one can simply call row.Table.Columns.Contains(name); What should be done?
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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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Undo answer edit

I edited an answer and saved it. Then I realized my change was based on my own mis-conceptions about the answer. Now, I can't undo the edit because when I edit it again and undo the changes it says: ...
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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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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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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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How to deal with upvoted yet clearly wrong answers

These 2 questions have clearly wrong answers with upvotes. And they're still getting votes. The log file one especially could be tried out, it would fail, but someone still voted it up. A downvote ...
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If I downvote every competing answer, will I get flagged for vote abuse?

I just wrote an answer to this regex question, which was trying to find numeric strings with or without commas (e.g. 1,234,567.89). I wanted to be thorough because I've seen this problem a lot, both ...
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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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Mark wrong answers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add the ability to mark an answer as incorrect. The amount of traffic a question gets once it has one or two "answers" goes down dramatically. This creates a situation where, ...
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Editing someone else's wrong answer to make it right

I saw one user edit another's answer to turn it from blatantly incorrect to correct. This feels wrong to me. What do you think? The answer is here. The poster referred to | as XOR and ^ as OR. ...
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Is it acceptable to post deliberately wrong or misleading answers to 'homework' questions?

This question is similar to several others that have cropped up on ServerFault over time, which appear to paste verbatim basic networking questions from certification or university courses. Some ...
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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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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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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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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 comment says, ...
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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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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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When or should you delete your incorrect answer?

I just deleted an answer I had left to a question because it had been proven to be wrong. It seems that this would be the proper thing to do, since the purpose of the site is to provide correct ...
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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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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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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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What more can I do when a wrong answer keeps getting up votes?

Is there any more to do when a wrong answer keeps getting up votes? I've accepted the correct answer, but the simple answer continues to get up votes. I've down voted and added a comment to the ...
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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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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 ...