Questions tagged [answers]

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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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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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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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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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Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top?

There is a on going Meta SE post about unpinning the accepted answers on a post from the top of the list of answers. In fact, Stack Oveflow has already unpinned the accepted answers. For Stack ...
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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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"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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should untested guesses be allowed as answers?

An answer to the question How do I see more rivals' best time in Super Mario 3D Land? was put up for review. The answer says: This may be like Mario Kart Wii, Your rival may be Nintendo Staff, ...
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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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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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When should I flag an answer and what flag should I use?

I'm becoming more confused about flagging answers that I believe to not be an answer to a question. Take this answer for example. I've flagged it as "not an answer" but it was declined, and together ...
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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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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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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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What happens to outdated answers?

I checked this question answered by badp. The answer on that was less than satisfactory. :-) I just saw a bounty from badp on this. The reason was the current answers were out of date. How does one ...
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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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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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Should you post an answer if you're not sure it's true?

Inspired by this answer. When I see a question on the site and I think of an answer but not sure if it's true (as opposed to "think it's true" but eventually being proved wrong), I start off by ...
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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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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 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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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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What should be considered when creating videos for answers?

I've had some excellent answers where I was able to link to an existing Youtube video for supporting evidence. The upvoting has motivated me to (attempt to) create my own videos to bolster my answers....
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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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Why do answers turn blurry when downvoted -3+?

I have saw this before, but now I want to find the bottom of it. Answers that are blurry I have seen downvoted massively (-3 or more), and a answer of mine (edited from a comment) became one of them. ...
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Collapsible Sections/Spoilers

Feature Request - Collapsible Spoilers If the site added collapsible spoilers, that is, where it shows a block of text that has a label that when clicked on exposes all the text hidden away, long bits ...
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Answered a closed question?

A picture is worth a thousand words: alt text http://www.juanformoso.com.ar/images/answered_closed.png Perhaps the user had the browser opened for 8 hours? Question in question
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Is the content of this answer actually a bad thing?

Please take a look at my answer here: Bioshock has no sound in Windows 7 I have played this game and shared the problem encountered by user "Mr. Shiny and New". I was able to solve the issue ...
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Can I transfer my answer on a duplicate question to the duplicate target?

I answered a question, and later on that question was marked as a duplicate. After checking out the original question closer I realized that my answer to the dupe answers the original question better (...
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101 rep but can't post answer

I have the automatic 101 rep coming from StackOverflow but I can't post an answer to How do you breed an Opal Dragon in Dragonvale? as it's protected. The text I see is this: I am logged in and I ...
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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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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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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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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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Encourage user to not give URL-only answers

Many questions on Gaming SE can be answered by just posting a link. As I just answered this question, someone else posted the same link but with no further explanation. Everybody knows that in a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...