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If you think the asker didn't put enough research effort in, then by all means downvote, that's what downvotes are for. However it's still helpful to answer their questions - either as you would with any other question, or by doing as you have and giving them the answer they'd have got by asking Google and not us. Do consider though - maybe they did ask ...


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If an answer doesn't answer the question being asked currently, then it's not an answer. For example: Q: Why is the sky blue? A: Rainbows are colorful because of refraction. This is "Not an answer", because it doesn't address the current question. It may be tangentially related to the question, but it still doesn't matter. Just because it could be a ...


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Setting aside for a second how accurate or otherwise this particular answer is, in a more general case: If an answer is sorta-right, but only in a certain set of circumstances, and doesn't make that quite clear, edit it to make it clear, and maybe prompt the OP to expand their answer if they can. An answer that contains a lot of great research but doesn't ...


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Okay. Let's take a look at your current activities. Your first answer: Yes u can. All u have to do is tap on his name and tap promote to leader, if your talking about Clash of Clans. If you're talking about something else then I don't know. First off, spelling. We like spelling and proper grammar here. Second of all, this had absolutely nothing to do ...


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No, we should not be intentionally leaving questions open and unanswered. Too localized was removed as a close reason in 2013, so "this question is not likely to help somebody else" is not, by itself, a reason to close a question. Whether or not you want to spend your own time answering a question like this is really up to you. We shouldn't intentionally ...


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No it isn't. It's actually a good thing. As long as you give credit where credit is due (which you absolutely did), incorporating comments is perfectly acceptable. Comments are for improving answers. Adding credit into the post itself isn't alsways needed either, just some kind of recognition that you used the comment works too a response in chat works if ...


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I believe the main reason for the downvotes would be the fact that you answered a 6 year old question that already had an accepted answer. Also, possibly, the fact that you're advocating the use of alcohol and cannabis as a way to help gaming, which could jive badly with some users. Obligatory 'Tim lost his keys' post


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Sometimes an exact copy of a previous upvoted answer is posted in order to gain some reputation quickly: As it looks great in the first-post review queue, it might net a few upvotes quickly. Sometimes this is part of a strategy to establish a spam-account, or one created for targeted upvoting. Unless there are some additions or other improvements over the ...


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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've seen two complaints about the answer. One is that the answer is wrong. The other is that the answer is harmful. Let's look at those: Wrongness We don't even need to look at the specific question/answer to evaluate this one. It's simple. We don't delete wrong answers. We've never been in the business of deleting wrong answers. People can self-delete ...


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We do not require all answers to cite a source, like Skeptics does. However, we'd rather leave guesses in the comments area. That said, I'd rather not moderate guesses out of the answers area at least for objective questions for a simple reason. If a guess is wrong, it's easy to try it, bust it as incorrect and downvote the answerer, punishing him for a ...


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As Ashley Nunn said, the community generally doesn't like people who take credit for other's work. However there are still some things you can do: If the question is answered in the comments, and the OP confirms that the comments answer the question, I usually prompt the commenters to add it as an answer. If, after a couple of days the question is still ...


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Hello, welcome to Arqade and sorry that you are going through this. First of all, just saying: moderators can't unblock you. You should post well-received questions to get unblocked. The amount reportedly varies by the amount of downvotes you got. Also, your post has some problematic parts, so let me explain them: "most of your posts" is 1 post. If it ...


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Answers that are intentionally misleading and harmful should simply be removed, flagging them as abusive would be justified in my opinion. This would apply to answers like "try rm -rf /" and similar ones. Answers that are more dangerous than they appear, but likely well-intentioned should be edited. In minor cases, commenting is enough.


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While it doesn't apply to every case, the way you phrase a Google search can have a big impact on the results. Probably half of the time that I'm in a situation like that, they did try Google first and it simply didn't return any useful results. Before discounting them, consider the possibility that what comes naturally for one person's search terms (even ...


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Part of the magic of the Stack Exchange system is multiple answers. The question you reference is about Minecraft, your answer mentions PC and Xbox. If the OP meant Android, then that does not make the answer you gave invalid. You can update your answer to include android/iOS information, or someone else can answer for those platforms. Point is, if ...


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I don't know if someone gets notified if there's a bounty placed on a question they answered, but there is something you can do: leave a comment on the answer. If you think their answer can be updated, say something like "Hey, would you consider updating your answer?" It's as simple as that.


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This kind of behavior is unacceptable on StackExchange sites. I highly recommend flagging it for moderator attention.


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Whilst Ashley's answer covers the requirements, I think it's worth knowing why this is the case in the first place. Here is my understanding of the reasoning behind the reputation barrier: The 'minimum rep' idea steams from Stack Exchange's paradigm of: "Ask questions, get answers, no chit-chat". The idea of Stack Overflow (and later, the entire Stack ...


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There really aren't any rules when it comes to quoting, aside from making sure to credit your sources. Is it preferred to directly quote a source or to paraphrase? There's no real community preference here, just make sure your answer is easy to read and understand. If a direct quote would be several paragraphs, then try to paraphrase it to be a lot ...


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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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There's a time to post an answer, and there's a time to post a link, I agree. Where you failed, was in providing context for your link. Rather than just saying read the whole thing, you might have written an answer that read something like this: 'Welcome to DOTA, You Suck' is probably the best guide out there on this subject. It's incredibly thorough and in ...


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Yes, so long as you respect the wiki's content license. For example, it appears to me that the answer "comes" from a previous incarnation of this article from gamepedia.com, which (unlike most wikis) is licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. This license is incompatible with Arqade's (theirs is sharealike non-commercial; ours allows commercial reuse). Even if it ...


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The answer states that it's absolutely impossible to corrupt a save game by closing a game through Alt+F4. Instead of absolutes, the answer comes from a practical viewpoint. If the software is really liable to get Alt+F4 wrong after Win95 had it working correctly in MSPaint, any other part of it is of questionable quality too. If the software is really so ...


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I've provided a lot of answers, and I've gotten a lot of votes. I tend to prefer to provide relevant context in my answers. I'm also a fan of creating an answer that stands alone and completely explains a particular subject asked about in the question. As far as whether it's worth it or not, that one's hard to say. I enjoy answering questions, so it's ...


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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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Just because you answer a question doesn't mean the question doesn't suck. Sometimes not so good questions can attract super awesome answers.


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Generally a question is modal; either it can be backed up by facts (it is objective) or it can't (it is subjective; these are rare and often off topic). In the case where a question is objective, a good answer will often include not only the answer but any research done to arrive at the answer. So mandating in the question that an answer to an objective ...


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The best way to remove your answer ban is to firstly improve the ones you have already provided. If you receive enough bad rep on your answers, you will not be able to provide any more until you receive enough good rep, and prove that you are once again contributing. Things to remember when providing a good answer: Don't ask for clarification. An answer is ...


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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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