Questions tagged [answers]

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Did I do anything wrong with this answer?

I have a question about my Arqade post: How to cope with choking when playing games? Is there anything I did actually wrong with this answer? I'm just new here and worried about the -3 that quickly ...
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Imprecise answer accepted, what to do?

On this question, the accepted answer mentions key ghosting, although the actual issue the user is experiencing is key rollover. This answer is not outright wrong and it has the potential of offering ...
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Answering a Broad question with a Broad answer

This question has been closed as too broad - basically because they're asking several questions at once. That's fine - that's not what I'm asking about. What I'm asking about is the answer. It starts ...
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Should questions that are too specific go unanswered?

My question is about questions that only really help one person. I answered this question and I am not sure if I should have. He has an attempted Minecraft command, showing he was trying. The ...
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Should we fix typos when quoting sources?

I had answered a question here. Vemonus had made an edit which as far as I can tell was to correct a typo in the first quote. (Though, I have not verified that with Vemonus) Minecraft is written "...
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Could I get some criticism on my posts?

Backstory: I'm active a lot lately, and I must say I try to post as high-quality posts, especially answers, as I can. I remember when I was a new user, my post quality was really low, I was getting ...
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Is there a good reference for making good answers?

An answer I noticed was a long rambling story of the responder's experience with the question and what they did about it. More an essay than an answer. Though it did answer the question (in several ...
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Do we allow image answers?

Flagged an answer for only providing an image, akin to link-only answers, and had it declined because "I should not flag answers for inaccuracy". The entire answer is an image, which as far as I was ...
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Positive and Negative votes

I recently noticed that when an answer has a positive amount of votes, It looks exactly the same as when there are no votes. On the other hand, when an answer has a negative amount of votes it fades ...
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Why do people get more reputation from lengthier answers?

I want to get peoples opinion on this topic. I generally spend a lot of time preparing answers: I spend up to an hour on some questions and 30 minutes on this question. As you can see, I don't have ...
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How can I work towards removing an answer ban from 1 bad answer?

I was browsing some questions and wanted to answer some. As I couldn't comment, I made an answer on a post which was more like a comment, which got downvoted and deleted. I am ok with that, my '...
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Should I delete my answer?

When a question is closed as duplicate, or unclear, or off-topic, and I have already posted an answer, should I delete my answer?
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What do we do with highly upvoted, accepted, wrong answers?

We've run into somewhat of a sticky situation. There are a couple parts to it, so I'll try to lay it out as best I can. We got a question that was very, very broad: Could ALT + F4 to close a game ...
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How to get an up to date answer for old questions with obsolete answers?

Explanation whether duplicate or not --> see end of post. Imagine you have a question about a game. You first search for it and find it answered a long time ago. Back then the answer was correct, but ...
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Answer no longer correct: what to do? [duplicate]

If an answer was correct when it was posted, but it's no longer correct now, what is the correct procedure to follow? (as long as you didn't write it) I should just downvote it, or comment it, or ...
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How can I improve my answers to remove my answer ban?

I would like to be able to answer people again. I've read the help section and understand what it says but my answers are downvoted for some reason. I know the help says to "Try and improve your ...
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Does an outright incorrect answer denote “low quality”?

An answer to this question came up in the low quality posts review. Just having posted an answer here seems to be a bad idea, as the question itself is on hold. That said, I could not find anything ...
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How do we deal with duplicate answers? [duplicate]

So I recently came across an answer that was already previously answered (quite a few months back), and the new answer did not seem to add anything that was not already covered. After a brief ...
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Do I flag them?

So there is a question that I answered. I feel that I answered well and completely, even cited sources. Suddenly 2 other people post nearly exactly the same answer I gave. Whats more odd is they are ...
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Do we need more reputation to comment than to answer?

I raised an issue I see a lot when reviewing new users posts, in that the answer the user had given was more of a comment, if anything. The user replied that they were forced to supply an answer to ...
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Don't answer - just vtc

I have asked a similar question over on StackOverflow about this practice, and the general consensus is that answering bad questions is a frowned upon practice. To explain; when a bad question is ...
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Are questions requiring answers based on facts OK?

Assume there is a question that can be answered by doing some in-game tests. Those tests might be somewhat time consuming (e.g. 1 hour of testing). Is it acceptable to request that answers are based ...
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Answer Order Bug

I have noticed a bug here on answers for a question. The answers aren't displaying in order of votes, like they should be. Here is a screenshot to demonstrate: I have refreshed the page, reopened ...
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How are answers with the same score ordered?

I recently answered a question here. 2 minutes later, another person answered the question. I noticed that after visiting the question a few more times, my answer seemed to switch with the other ...
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What to do with a highly voted answer that is half-wrong?

On the question How do I earn SC2's "Hurry up, it's raid night" achievement?, there is an answer which is highly voted (+25/-2), yet noticeably wrong. The answer makes two separate ...
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Why can't I post an answer to a question?

For some reason, I cannot post an answer to this question. The banner says it's protected by Community ♦, but I have well over 10 reputation. (No answer button.) Why can't I answer the question?
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What can I do about being answer-banned when both of my answers were deleted?

Admittedly, my first mistake was being a noob on Arqade - I should have jumped on long ago. Nevertheless, I posted answers to two questions, which I thought were helpful answers. These were both ...
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Making my answer more visible

I have seen an old question on a game that has evolved a lot. Seeing that all the answers were based on older versions of the game, I put an answer that adds a lot, based on the components in the ...
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What to do - game identification question is off-topic but I know the answer

See this question. I know it's off-topic because it lacks an auido/visual artefact from the game but I do know the answer. I answered it in this case, but I'm wondering what's the right thing to do.
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I'm not sure how to deal with this answer

This question was self-answered once the OP figured out what the problem was, however, the solution was pretty much "oh, whoops, I just mucked it up". made it work, it turns out my controller ...
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“Here, let me Google that for you…”

A similar question about the Google Image function has been asked, and I feel this is somewhat related. A lot of questions that people ask can be fairly simply resolved with a simple Google search. ...
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Is it acceptable to answer questions with content copied directly from a wiki page?

In the comment section of this answer, it was suggested that the answer was downvoted because the answer came directly from a wiki page. With that in mind, is it generally acceptable to answer ...
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Asking a question just to answer it

What happens with questions being asked, just to provide an answer "FAQ Style"? I have been guilty of asking a question like this, about the timezones for an in-game character's apperance. Both the ...
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How do we handle harmful answers?

Every now and then I stumble upon an answer that is more or less harmful when followed. I'm talking about these "What's the shortcut for quicksaving?" -> "Alt+F4" answers (well obviously in a bigger ...
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Is it acceptable that someone else copied my answer?

I answered this question: What is most important when starting to play Clash of Clans?, and another person must have copied and pasted my answer into another answer box and posted it. Is this ...
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Answers that don't answer the question

I know it's rather rare but sometimes answers are posted that don't answer the question that's being asked. What exactly should be done with these answers? I mean technically they are answers since ...
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If I worked for the game I'm answering about, how should I disclose that?

On the one hand, I want to disclose the fact in order to comply with the no overt self-promotion policy. On the other hand, just about anybody can claim that they're the developer of a game and say ...
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Is it wrong to use other users' suggestions in your answer?

Sometimes when I provide an answer that I'm not entirely educated about, for example I might leave out a rather vital piece of information that could change the information in the answer, other users ...
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How should I answer?

When I answer a question, I try to answer so that anyone who might not know about the situation will be able to follow along, even though the OP might think it's overkill. Questions like What bow ...
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Answering a question using someone else's comment

So, I stumbled across this question today (https://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/137676/magic-launcher-wont-log-in). I see there is a comment answering the question in full detail. Is it at all ...
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Do moderators have the ability to mark an answer as correct?

I have noticed a lot of questions (normally by first time users) with perfect answers that are not marked as correct. Can moderators mark these as correct or is there a way to nominate an answer for ...
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Answering an unclear question

So I was answering a question yesterday about lost saves, and I came back today to find the answer had been downvoted. There was a comment left saying -1 For answering a question before it is ...
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Not An Answer flag are not intended for low-quality answers

This has always been a problem, due in part to the Not An Answer (NAA) flag previously having some unclear wording, but Not an answer flags are not intended to be used on low-quality or wrong answers. ...
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What do you do when you need to rewrite your old answer from scratch?

A while ago I wrote an answer about a mechanical detail of a game. The answer got a lot of up-votes and got accepted. But then came the next version of the game, and that game mechanic was completely ...
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Is it okay to insult gamers in your answer?

I refer to this answer: https://gaming.stackexchange.com/a/121306/28015 The poster insults basically all modders out there and the moderators did not react so far. I ask myself how this fits into ...
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Can I transfer my answer?

I answered a question and later on that question was marked as a dupe. After checking out the original question closer I realized that my answer to the dupe answers the original question better (in my ...
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Should this answer stay?

Is there any difference between Cleanse and a Mecurial Scimitar? There are two answers here. They are both correct and should be joined, but what are the official rules to this? Can the two answers ...
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Should answers on questions that ask for spoiler information be put in spoiler markup or not?

Note: I'm asking about spoiler markup on answers, not questions. I would like to start a discussion on this due to the recent number of spoiler answers on plot-related questions that ask for spoiler ...
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Do not allow users to downvote a question they have answered

I don't see a reason why it would be useful to do both of these actions so it makes sense to me to put this in place. Of course I'm curious as to why you think it makes sense as I'm suspicious it ...
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Why is it considered correct to answer a similar question in addition to the question asked when there is a better alternative?

Problem Definition I see a ton of specific questions getting answered along with non-essential stuff not actually asked. From a data perspective, this creates false mappings where one question is ...