Questions tagged [answers]

use this tag for support with the answering system, to discuss community policies affecting answers and the way they are written, or to discuss a particular answer.

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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 we have a flag for answers which failed to realize a question's scope?

I am really new to the Stack Exchange community and after reading several answers, I seem to come to the same conclusion; that some fail to realize the scope of the question. Now I'm unsure as to ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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The 'don't just link to something' policy is inane

From: https://gaming.stackexchange.com/a/79994/11047 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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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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What is the purpose of adding more than one answer to a question?

I just answered a question, and after my answer appeared, there was a button that said "Add Another Answer". My understanding is that a good question should have a single "best" answer - that's why ...
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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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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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Should we make an effort to reduce unanswered questions?

Our rate of unanswered questions is quite low, but it could still be better. Looking through some of the top voted questions that are still unanswered, a number of them fit this pattern "Is there a ...
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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 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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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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Add [spoilers] Tag to Questions When Answering

When someone asks a question on Gaming, they may tag it as spoilers to warn other people off. However, what if the answer to a question contains spoilers? For example, This Question of my own (this ...
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What do I do when both answers are right and fantastic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Protocol when one question has 2 correct answers? Pertaining to this question, How are Portal and "Black Mesa" related?. As you can see both answers are valid, ...
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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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Question page refresh shows answers in different order

If answers have equal score they displays in random order every time. Is it OK?
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Increasing the required reputation for submitting answers

A question came up with a mass number of answers that are all repeats of earlier answers, and some even spam linking to other game-answer sites: What is the meaning of the Black Ops "Ascension&...
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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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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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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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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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Should we allow the quick and dirty answer that merely links to an offsite resource?

Here's a real world example of what was the subject of discussion today on Chat -- the discussion was not on this particular question and answer couple, be warned. I'm not asking if it is a good ...
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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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Etiquette for editing a question after it is answered because the answer is more general than than the question

So I asked this question and received an answer that pointed me in the right direction. After a little bit of research I found some additional information including a program that potentially fixes ...
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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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