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Should questions that are too specific go unanswered?

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, ...
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Did I do anything wrong with this answer?

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

One thing to keep in mind is that in a lot of cases, there is also the possibility that an accepted answer is actually the NEWER answer, which takes into account new information or applies to a more ...
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Users asking (and self-answering) in blocks

According to the Help Center article, “Can I answer my own question?”, Stack Exchange has always explicitly encouraged users to ask and answer their own questions. Stack Exchange has always ...
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Should we fix typos when quoting sources?

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

I think accepted answers should be unpinned. While we may not see this issue as much as Stack Overflow, I have certainly seen cases where the accepted answer is no longer the best answer, or even is ...
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"Hope this helps!" or something similar. Let's talk about it!

The network stance on this is that it's fluff and distracts from the main content of the post: Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts? But some sites ...
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Do we allow image answers?

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. ...
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When should I flag an answer and what flag should I use?

The first link absolutely qualifies as "an answer". It attempts to answer the question by offering a solution to the stated problem. The fact that it is a relevant attempt to answer the question is ...
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How can I fix these downvoted answers?

I am not one of the downvoters, but in the specific case, the biggest thing for me is that most of your answer is just a fairly long list of links to external resources, and the rest is pretty much ...
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Why do people get more reputation from lengthier answers?

I'll be completely frank here: your answer is not of the same high quality as the other poster. It does answer the question, but it does so in a short, rather terse way with not a lot of explanation ...
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Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top?

With games-as-a-service being the industry trend I would vote to unpin accepted answers from the top. Constant changes to games will see to it that even solid answers from the past can be quickly ...
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Is there a good reference for making good answers?

There are some good pointers here on how to write a good answer. The general points taken from TheTXI's answer should apply to every site on the network. Be clear. Provide examples. Link to more ...
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Can some of my answers be converted from Community Wiki to regular answers?

Done! - I've removed the Community Wiki status from the two listed answers for you. For future scenarios, here's some help center guidance for when posts should be considered for Community Wiki ...
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Answering a Broad question with a Broad answer

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 ...
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Imprecise answer accepted, what to do?

I think the actions you have taken so far have been appropriate under these specific circumstances. Note that the user is still active(ish): last seen 18 hours ago and is a high rep user on another ...
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Collapsible Sections/Spoilers

EDIT: Implementation feature-request I've found an idea that is really easy to implement to make this work: Add <details>, <summary> and the open attribute to the HTML whitelist. The <...
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Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top?

At the time of making this post: Summary of votes on the answers on this post (excluding answers that don't distinctly state a side): Post Keep Pin/Unpin? Total Votes Positive Negative Nzall's Keep ...
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Why do answers turn blurry when downvoted -3+?

According to an answer from the Meta on Stack: SE doesn't just cater to the folks who ask and answer. SE tries to cater to those who have a similar problem and find a post via Google. Not all non-SE ...
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Answering where the optimal answer is 'follow this link'

You have provided a very good answer right here: The achievement is notoriously hard, because it's a tricky game. The best solution is a round about way of having another computer play for you. The ...
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Answering where the optimal answer is 'follow this link'

I think the best way to approach this would be to answer as well as you can with information to help the human player succeed at the minigame, and also link to the program that will play for you. If a ...
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Do we allow image answers?

It's a bad answer. Downvote it, and vote to delete if rep allows. It's not a non-answer. It ought not be flagged. Particularly not with the generic NAA flag. As Moderators, we can't always be counted ...
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"Hope this helps!" or something similar. Let's talk about it!

You're right, we don't do signatures here. However, I don't think it's enough of a reason to edit the answer.
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Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top?

Something not really taken into account is that the highest scoring answer is sometimes not the best/correct answer either. It could be well written but objectively wrong, it could be outdated, or ...
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Commented as an answer.. but the comment provides a lot of value

Your flag was marked as disputed because the low quality review item that was created by your flag had a "Looks OK" outcome after two reviewers chose "Looks OK." This disputes Not ...
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Answers that are specific to OP's singular circumstances

As any other answer: let the community sort it out by their (lack of) votes. If the answer answers the question (which i.c. it does), there is no reason to treat it differently, no matter how ...
Joachim's user avatar
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Should questions that are too specific go unanswered?

The question you provided as an example is basically yet another reason why the answer to your question is no. I mean, look at it: The question itself is certainly of no use for anyone else. But, as ...
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