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Version labels for answers

One of my biggest concerns is still that users will tend to misapply the feature. Version tags only provide value if they mark the actual version range where an answer is valid. But if there is a ...
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How do we encourage edits to obsolete/out of date answers?

My vote is for Obsolete answer. As you have stated, the sorting would stop the new answer from being on top, which means the obsolete info is what the curious guy with the same question will face. ...
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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

No, it's not you. This is just a natural consequence of Stack Overflow shifting the focus from a high quality library of knowledge towards quantity, e.g. attracting as many users as possible while at ...
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How do we encourage edits to obsolete/out of date answers?

The proper solution to this problem was suggested 5 years ago and is the #18 overall highest voted answer on all of MSE (higher if you don't include Jon Skeet Facts answers): Score = Lower bound of ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

This is a modified copy of my answer to the related question on Meta Stack Overflow. status-deferred Unpinning the accepted answer is a good change for the majority of SE sites I imagine. However, I ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Full List of Community Discussions ✅ indicates that this has been implemented on the specific site. Site Verdict Site Discussion Link Academia 50/50 Should the answer that appears on "top" ...
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Version labels for answers

It might be helpful to capture some of the ideas of how answer labels could be used on sites that don't deal specifically with software versions. Use this wiki answer to capture ideas for different ...
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Version labels for answers

Closely modeled after the tag synonyms workflow... Kill me now! But seriously, as proposed, this is going to be one more thing that needs curating. Inexperienced users will create new "labels&...
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Is there a way to follow a user on Stack Overflow?

I have build StackEye - A Chrome Extension for exactly same purpose. You can use StackEye To follow other users on Stack Overflow To watch any question for any new comments and answers on it. ...
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How can I link to a specific answer?

Permalink for questions/answers can be copied from the box shown after clicking the "share" link as shown below Permalink for the comments can be obtained by right-clicking on the posting ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Stack Overflow is probably the site where the concept of accepted answers makes the most sense, and even there I think pinning the accepted answer is overall harmful in the end. For non-technical ...
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Changes to answer sorting menu: moving menu, "Newest" sort option, renaming sort options

"Last updated" sort name. We debated internally whether "Last updated" was the clearest way to describe a sort that looks at most recently created or most recently edited. Keeping &...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

I agree with the change, thanks for doing this. For users who want to keep the old behaviour, I've written a small userscript, Accepted Answer Pinner (direct installation link – Stack Apps post). It ...
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How do we encourage edits to obsolete/out of date answers?

I'm just throwing this idea out there for an alternate solution to consider. I love the "Linked Questions" section. Why not expand that a bit? In most cases if I'm looking for another version to a ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Not every moderator or high-rep user participates on Stack Exchange Meta, and not every hi-rep or engaged user participates on their child site. Nevertheless, I think the option to unstick the ...
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Revisiting changes to answer sorting menu: better use of space, moving menu into a dropdown, ascending/descending sort options, clearer descriptions

Looking at the lowest scored answers lets me find posts that may need to be flagged, try to help authors getting downvoted improve their answers, or quickly see the least popular option in a meta ...
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Health Stack Exchange has rules that violate the general rules

I'm not familiar with Health's specific policy, so I won't weigh in on that. However, I will comment on a few things from a broad, network-wide perspective: some of my answers there violated rules ...
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How do I properly use the "Not an Answer" flag?

What is the not an answer flag? The not an answer flag (NAA) is a flag to indicate that someone used the "answer the question" box to post something that isn't really an answer. It usually ...
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Place answers into demilitarized zone instead of 5 minute grace period

Growing up, a good portion of my summer (and spring, and fall...) was spent helping out in my family's rather large garden. Most of this involved rather tedious, repetitive labor. So to stave off ...
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Health Stack Exchange has rules that violate the general rules

Health.SE is a controversial site, no doubt about it. In many ways, it doesn't fit the general SE model of upvotes and downvotes determining the best answer, because many people visiting the site are ...
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What should be done with questions that have been resolved as a comment instead of an answer?

Answer-comments should be reposted as answers — but this is no excuse for plagiarism. Give attribution. I think everyone agrees that answers should be posted as answers, not comments. So by all means, ...
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Google "answering" my search with link to SE, but not showing the top answer(s)

We do have influence over this, using a feature the Google bot listens to: HTML5 microdata. It's a set of attributes you can add to HTML5 elements to guide machines in better understanding the content ...
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How do we encourage edits to obsolete/out of date answers?

As I have said before, please bring out the stats and/or cases. How many of the answers do you consider obsolete? How much is it a problem, actually? You are encouraging fiddling with the basic ...
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Version labels for answers

I wouldn't say this is necessarily a bad idea, but I would be very cautious, at least. The answers of 99% of questions don't need versioning This is for Stack Overflow, at least, and based on the ...
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Changes to answer sorting menu: moving menu, "Newest" sort option, renaming sort options

I disagree with "moving the sort menu" - for consistency it implies that the other sort menus will be moved from right justified to left justified: Currently: In particular, with the Tags ...
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Is it appropriate to answer a question with a gif?

A gif like you show might be a great addition to your answer, but no more than that. There are several occasions in which people won't have any use in your answer when it contains only such a gif. ...
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Version labels for answers

I see 2 major problems with this: At first, we would like to open this feature up to moderators and gold tag users exclusively. A lot of tags only have one single gold badge holder and curation is ...
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Revisiting changes to answer sorting menu: better use of space, moving menu into a dropdown, ascending/descending sort options, clearer descriptions

status-planned TylerH makes a good argument in a comment. When changing the sort order, deleted answers should remain at the bottom. The current behavior of mixing them in when sorting on date ("...
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How was this answer posted after this question was closed?

When a question is closed, the server still accepts answers for 4 hours. So if you can submit an answer to the question within this 4 hours, your answer gets legitimately accepted by the server. If ...
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