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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Question, meta-question, meta-meta-question

First, I have a simple problem, namely, how to embed source code or HTML in Open Office Org Presentation (OOoP). Then I came to SO to ask this question, and I found another question already exists, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 do I do with a question whose answers are obviously on the wrong track? [closed]

I saw this question. It seems pretty clear that it's a relatively new Java programmer trying to learn. Great! This is exactly what SO is about, in my opinion. Why PriorityQueue in Java cannot have ...
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Strange imbalance with bad answers

Say I post a bad answer (out of oversight or ignorance or who knows what). Then I recheck the page after 5 minutes (or because the envelope icon has turned very bright) and I discover that the answer ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Problem with answer to a harder question

There is a particular question on Stack Overflow which I found interesting and I don't think it is poorly written, but the accepted answer I find goes against everything that Stack Overflow stands for ...
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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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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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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 ...