Questions tagged [wrong-answers]

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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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What should be done with accepted, yet wrong, answers?

Many times I've run into questions on SO that have a wrong answer accepted. (Example: What's the difference between “LIKE” and “=” in SQL? (Note: The accepted answer has been edited to include the ...
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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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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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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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Accepting “almost correct” answer that helped analyze the problem?

I recently encountered performance problems with a commercial software from some well-known vendor. Asking the StackOverflow-community for help to track down the issue resulted in a detailed answer, ...
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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 you downvote an answer that “works” because it is not strictly “correct”?

A question is raised and two answers are posted: The first is a solution that adheres to best practice and industry convention The second uses a kludge to get the right result How should voters act ...
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Ask question with wrong answer again?

I asked a question on Stack Overflow, and got an answer, but when I tried the answer, it didn't help. Now the question is old and not getting any more views or answers, even after editing the original ...
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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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What happens when an accepted answer is wrong but the OP is gone?

The accepted answer to How can I format as keyboard keys? says that you just need to use the <kbd> tag. This is no longer true, at least on Meta, which is pointed out by another answerer (and ...
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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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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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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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Quality problems in regex answers [closed]

I've been hanging out in the regex tag a lot lately, and I've noticed something I don't see as much in my other favorites (C#, LINQ, and a couple others): A disturbing number of regex answers are ...
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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 ...
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How to handle accepted bad answers?

I was over on stack overflow and a user asked a pretty simple question about a HTML layout. (The question can be found here: 3-column Web Parts Page?) He accepted an answer, which, in my opinion, was ...
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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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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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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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Philosophical thought: The question as asked vs. the question as meant [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Answering a Question Vs. Solving a Problem People don’t always say what they mean. I’ve run into cases that go something like this. The question was quite clear on what it ...
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Does answering a question lock you out of downvoting on other answers to that question?

This question isn't about whether the code of SO actually prevents you from voting after posting an answer, I know that's possible. I've answered many questions correctly only to find a different-but-...
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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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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 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 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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My (wrong) answer accepted, should I edit it to be correct?

I gave an answer that was about 1/3 correct on this question: Clojure proxy and @Override? The commenters pointed out that I basically missed the boat, but my answer was accepted. Should I edit my ...
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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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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 we act on accepted questions that are actually wrong? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should be done with accepted, yet wrong, answers? In this particular case the OP accepted an answer that, by all means, was wrong. And when I say "wrong," I don't mean ...
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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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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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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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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 ...