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On quality, answers, and the task of moderators

We have flags that we see a lot here, most often "Low Quality" and "Not An Answer". These work great and have been really helpful when you actually beat Community user and they're on posts like: ...
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Can answers be accepted by other users?

The answer to this question is correct and should really be accepted, but I don't know if the user will return to do it. Is it possible to mark an answer as accepted on their behalf?
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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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Should we care if an answer is from Googled information, as long as it is right?

Over on the nominations page, one of the nominations has a large comment discussion about this. Some of us have been hoping that the person who originally brought up the concern would bring the ...
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Questions where OP has mentioned he/she is using a specific platform: how to answer, how to tag and when to close as exact duplicate?

In the question, Can I empty a soul gem?, the OP has mentioned that he is using Xbox 360. I take this to also mean that he's not looking for PC-only console commands or mod solutions, so I edited in ...
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Dealing with duplicate answers

Some people are just innately helpful, I suppose. When they arrive at a q&a site they must immediately post their answer to a question, regardless of its answered status. I've been noticing it ...
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Minecraft Java edition commands in Bedrock questions - "Fix my answer for me"

Now, recently Minecraft bedrock and Java edition have grown very similar in most gameplay aspects, so in most gameplay questions I don't think it's a big deal if you are answering from a Java ...
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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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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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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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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 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 'answer'...
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Copy/Pasting Text, is this a problem?

I know a lot of answers (including some of my own) are just copy/pasted from an official website that has the answer (See This Question). Is this allowed or do copyright issues make this a bad thing ...
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Answering a question using someone else's comment

So, I stumbled across this question today ( I see there is a comment answering the question in full detail. Is it at all ...
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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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Should I ask question which only I might be able to answer?

Let us say I have been playing a really old and obscure game and I've been looking all over the internet for an answer to a specific question about that game. Eventually, through much trial and error, ...
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Medical questions

How do we deal with questions like this, that are in the end medical questions. I'm not thinking about off-topic/on-topic, but about liability. Wrong medical advice on this site could cause legal ...
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Does a solution suggesting answer lose the credibility to be upvoted, if the OP has declared the answer as non functional?

Following case: A solution is being suggested in an answer, the OP disqualifies the answer at some point as useless, after having tried it out be it a nice try or not. The answer might have already ...
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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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Plethora of non-answer answers

Recently I've noticed a lot of users posting answers that, well, aren't answers. Examples here, here, here, and here. All of these have already been commented on that they're not appropriate. Two ...
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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 ...
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The 'don't just link to something' policy is inane

From: The link in all likelihood won't die any more than this site will die, and even in the rare case that it does it can easily be edited and ...
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