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"Here, let me Google that for you..."

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 ...
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Answers that don't answer the question

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"...
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What do we do with highly upvoted, accepted, wrong answers?

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 ...
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How can I improve my answers to remove my answer ban?

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 ...
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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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Is it wrong to use other users' suggestions in your answer?

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. ...
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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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Is it acceptable that someone else copied my answer?

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 ...
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Answering a question using someone else's comment

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 ...
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What do we do with highly upvoted, accepted, wrong answers?

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 ...
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How do we handle harmful answers?

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 ...
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How can I work towards removing an answer ban from 1 bad answer?

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 ...
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"Here, let me Google that for you..."

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 ...
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Answering an unclear question

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 ...
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Is it acceptable that someone else copied my answer?

This kind of behavior is unacceptable on StackExchange sites. I highly recommend flagging it for moderator attention.
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Do we need more reputation to comment than to answer?

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 '...
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What do we do with highly upvoted, accepted, wrong answers?

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 ...
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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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Is it acceptable to answer questions with content copied directly from a wiki page?

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) ...
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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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How are answers with the same score ordered?

It is random at each page-load, so that one is not favoured over the other. Higher questions are more likely to be read/voted upon, hence randomising it helps make sure all have equal exposure.
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How should I answer?

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 ...
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Are questions requiring answers based on facts OK?

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 ...
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How can I improve my answers to remove my answer ban?

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 ...
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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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"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 moderators have the ability to mark an answer as correct?

No, moderators can't change the accepted answer of a question. The only exception is that they can delete an accepted answer, but they can't set another answer as accepted.
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What do we do with highly upvoted, accepted, wrong answers?

Very highly upvoted, very wrong answers get very deleted. We have one precedent for this and it was a rather uncontroversial call. It's simple to see why: we're spreading misinformation and that's ...
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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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