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Answers can include jokes, but jokes can't be the whole answer. What to do with joke answers? Downvote them. Flag them. If the joke is particularly brilliant we'll promote them to comments on the question.


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As we determined pretty early on, a cheat is a valid answer if and only if the only person you're cheating is yourself. If your question is how to be a better spy in TF2, an answer suggesting you run your own server and noclip through the map so you can easily sneak around and retreat to absolute safety is not for the purposes of our website a "valid" ...


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Abso-lutely. Mods are perfectly acceptable as an answer in pretty much every use case, and in situations like this, where they might be the only solution, they're all the more appropriate.


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It has been quite well established that unless otherwise specified (for example on the German Language & Usage SE, or the SO in Spanish etc. sites) the Stack Exchange network uses English as its only supported language. See: Do posts have to be in English on Stack Exchange? Also, it's stated clearly in our help centre: https://gaming.stackexchange.com/...


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The question is very clearly bounded. It wants to know about specific attributes of a specific game. And the well written, extensive answer makes it clear that there is a lot more to it than just "health is how much life you have and when it runs out you die". I really don't see a problem with this question, nor do I think it is any sort of slippery slope ...


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It's OK to answer a question and provide additional information to the asker that they didn't specifically ask for. Actually, I'd consider this to be good form and highly encouraged. Most people asking questions are people who don't know enough yet about the topic to ask the best question possible. It's kind of a catch-22 in that if you could ask a very ...


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I think these answers should be deleted, along with the user. They might provide an answer to the question, but they're still spam. Although I think most of these types of users will just post the one answer and then move on, if they decide stick away and keep posting answers like this it becomes a lot of work to constantly edit out the spam. And, frankly,...


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In my opinion this user's current behaviour falls under the definition of spamming, and as such that user should be treated like any other spammer. There is however the fact that this user has made helpful posts in the past. Despite this, I'd still advocate disciplinary action be taken for the following reasons: The bad content from this user far outweighs ...


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Yes, if you think your answer is better than existing answers, post it! We want the best answers we can get. See: Duplicate answers and you


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When you have a serious issue: Step one is flag the issue. Step two is do nothing. If you don't do step 1, we don't have a clue what is going on. Making a meta can be an alternative to flagging if it's complicated enough that you can't fit it into the flag box, but it makes step 2 more complicated. If you don't do step 2, suddenly the user is being piled ...


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We are not only trying to help the asker of a given question, but all people who might have the same problem in the future. For this reason we dislike link-only answers (link rot can prevent future visitors from benefiting from an answer - this wouldn't be an issue if we were only concerned with the asker). Therefore: It is perfectly acceptable and ...


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No, two part answers should not be allowed. The SE network is about specific, focused questions. If a question requires an answer that goes over the 30,000 character limit, that means its far too broad to be acceptable here. The close text for Too Broad is: There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. ...


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The way I see it, there are three main actions we should take for duplicate answers, depending on the kind of duplicate they are. Exact Duplicate - For answers that appear to contain no new information at all, I think it is appropriate and necessary to delete them. It will certainly lead to some new user confusion and possibly hard feelings as bwarner ...


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No. Making it a policy that questions need to answer what the question text says, exactly what the question text says and nothing else is risky at best and counterproductive at worst. I assume your example question is Are there guns which regenerate ammo?, where your answer was deleted. It simply read: There are currently no known guns that replenish ammo. ...


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Images are not like videos or links. Videos and links can/do suffer from link-rot. Images, however can, and should, be hosted on SE's imgur host. So images will not suffer from the same sort of rot. That said, image only posts should be judged by the same merits as any other posts. If an image is explanatory and gives all the relevant information, great. In ...


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Was that answer unintentionally advocating pirated content (despite the website saying it doesn't support piracy)? As far as I could tell, yes. The purpose of the pages in the answer is for users to be able to use the assets from Source games without buying the games themselves, and there are two reasons I think it was violating our piracy policy. First, ...


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Cheats are valid answers, it's as simple as that. People come to Gaming.SE to find solutions to their problems and cheats invariably solve those problems. If we say to limit cheats to questions that specifically ask for cheats or "there is no other way", then we have a problem. How do we know when "there is no other way"? Like our problem with lore, that ...


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There is an option when you ask a question that says "Answer your own question, Q&A style!" This allows you to post an answer alongside your question when you ask it. This is encouraged if you already know the answer. This way, you can inform/help others. It shouldn't be seen as a method of "mining rep." It saves other users the time of asking the ...


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I'm okay with small code-snippets in general (I believe it's fair-use, though IANAL), but only if it actually adds something to your answer. In your case, I don't think it does. Knowing the NullPointerException is caused by this.b.getSession().getToken() does not help solve the problem.


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Self answers are supported and encouraged. If its a problem others may have, there's nothing wrong with asking and answering instantly. So long as others feel it is useful, it will get up votes. That said, if you're answering with something pulled from elsewhere, you do have to attribute it. Not doing so is plagiarizing, and subject to summary deletion. We ...


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Answers that are wrong should be downvoted. Sometimes the community will consider an answer correct, shower it with upvotes and then realize it was wrong all along. Only in those cases will I consider deleting the answer. At the end of the day, seeing an answer downvoted into gray text basically means "Do not listen to people who say this: they are wrong." (...


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Yes, it is OK If people find the question and answer helpful they will up-vote and everybody wins. If the question is frivolous and/or poorly written, people like us will be there to down-vote and discourage further frivolity.


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Legality doesn't matter for us in general, we're not lawyers and can't properly evaluate the specific laws anyway, especially on a site visited by people from many different countries. We have some rules that are loosely based on laws, e.g. the rule against questions about pirated games. But we don't have that rule because it is illegal, but mostly because ...


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Generally we're OK with cheating in single player games, so cheat codes, console commands, mods that change the game and make it easier, etc, are generally regarded as OK. Hacking or cheating in games where there are competitive elements is usually regarded as a bad thing. Although you can ask and answer your own question, you may want to think about how ...


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Should console commands be given without being explicitly asked for? Yes, in fact the opposite is true. Unless an asker explicitly asks for answers which don't rely on console commands then a console command is a perfectly valid answer. Sometimes a console command is the best or only answer to a problem, even if it only applies to PC (in which case non-PC ...


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This meta question kind of delves into what you are saying, if you look at Strix's answer here: StackExchange, and each of its child sites, is supposed to be a community for experts to provide expert answers. Questions that do not define a specific problem should not be answered, because it is impossible to provide an expert answer without a clear problem ...


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Although it is the general SE policy to not delete information that is wrong, but rather to downvote it, I don't personally see any advantage to leaving incorrect information on the site. If an answer is blatantly providing misinformation, leaving it intact is a disservice to the Internet at large. Search engines don't preserve formatting when they present ...


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