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Questions tagged [answers]

Anything related to posting answers, e.g. about improving their content, voting on answers, editing others' answers, etc.

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How should I handle this review task / answer?

While reviewing I came across this post: https://superuser.com/a/1359300/926024 and I'm very unsure on what to do about it. Technically, it is an answer to the question, even though it is basically ...
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Misleading wrong answer in a popular question

There is a popular question about inputting Unicode characters: How do you type Unicode characters using hexadecimal codes? And an accepted answer: https://superuser.com/a/90669/456981 The problem ...
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How to improve this answer?

I was wondering how to improve this (my) answer: https://superuser.com/a/1342178/201818 Unfortunately the down voter did not leave any comments. Thanks! PS. Note sure I'm should ask this question ...
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Why are some Super User answers not sorted by up-votes?

I was just looking at this question on SuperUser: How do I change the user I am logged in with on a Network Share? Unlike other questions, the answers do not seem to be sorted in any particular order ...
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Who all can technically view saved drafts for questions and answers

As the post When I go to "Ask Question" here at superuser, how do I get an empty form? My previous question keeps showing up. states. . . Stack Exchange sites will save a question or ...
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Undelete an answer on a closed post that was deleted before it was closed

My Question If you delete an answer on a question that is opened and then that question is closed, can you undelete that answer after the question is closed? The Story I noticed in some comments on ...
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My answer keeps getting suggested edits from spambots

I have been noticing a trend that my this answer, always gets edited by some spammer (may be a bot). It's only that answer and no other answer in any of the other SE network. Finding subdirectories ...
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How to deal with answers I cannot check anymore?

Since I asked https://superuser.com/a/1282119 I reinstalled my computer from scratch, therefore I cannot test the answer(s) provided. How should I handle them? never accept any, since it's not tested?...
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Can an answer be backed up only by personal experience?

https://superuser.com/a/1275976/456385 This answer is only backed up by the answerer personal experience, with no explanation provided. if it was my customer i would dismantle the screen on the ...
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Is a valid answer to a problem a valid answer to a different question?

I'm not exactly sure how to formulate my problem, so I'll present it with the help of an example (which is the actual reason I ask this question). I asked a question (Delay audio for specific device) ...
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Answer question with using WSL

Is this fine to answer WSL solution for a Windows10 related question which can be resolve using WSL in Windows 10?
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How should I deal with link-only answers where the information in the link can't be copied?

Usually link-only answers are considered low quality and their author is encouraged to edit them to include the relevant part of the linked page in the answer itself and if they don't do so, their ...
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If a question is put “on hold” but I have answered, should I remove the answer?

Context: You will notice on the topic What is Facebook's privacy policy regarding photos? that it has been put [on hold]. However it was done after I had posted an answer. Question: At the time,...
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Promotional text in answer

On this answer, there is a text and link that seems like promoting a service from the user. The answer itself seems good. It does not disclose its affiliation, though, although can be inferred from ...
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Why was my comment mod flag declined?

I recently mod-flagged a comment under a question: You haven't mentioned which version of Windows you are running. Have you got Sticky Keys enabled? Importantly, the OP commented immediately ...
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Removing ALL similar answers instead of removing duplicates?

I was looking for an answer to the question How do I copy/paste into VirtualBox? I found two such questions here but none contained the answer that I need. After I figured out the answer myself I ...
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Link-only answer - but already self-explanatory

links to a zip containing drivers for Windows running in Bootcamp. I think the answer is pretty self-explanatory, but somehow I don't feel right to just leave them at is. I don't know what to comment ...
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What is the etiquette of linking files in SuperUser? [duplicate]

This is inspired by this answer Personally, I'm always be on guard when someone on internet share files on private file sharing sites, like mediafire, google drive, and such. This one, particularly, ...
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How long should we wait to flag Low-Quality on barely acceptable answer?

Inspired by this answer This answer does seem attempt to answer the question, but is unfinished when posted (although it did got edited after I reminded the author). Left as is, the question will ...
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Question in close queue is marked as duplicate, but the duplicate is terrible!

Recently I was looking through the close votes review queue when I came across this question, and it was flagged as a duplicate of this question. These two questions really are exact duplicates of ...
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Link only answer with many steps

This is my answer. I've searched a bit in meta and I think I've got a feel of what should be done with link-only answers. However, in that question, there are some options for real-time ...
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Randomise order of 'Answered questions' responses for Election events

I'm not sure if the actual candidates in the election are randomly ordered, but I've noticed that as the default (is rightly imo) set to show the highest voted answer - currently David Postill appears ...
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What should I do about a low quality answer that's helpful?

I got an answer on one of my questions that helped me a lot. However, the answer is incomplete and would fit better as a comment. Although it was very helpful to figure out where the problem was ...
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Show your Excel results

I see a lot of Excel questions, but also ones involving command lines, batch files, and other similar scripts, that entail some mental challenge. I'm not referring to ones where a novice needs some ...
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What to do when tried multiple solutions and not sure which solved it

I have this question with an open bounty. In summary, I couldn't get my phone to connect to the computer with a USB cable.I tried multiple things to solve the problem: including advice taken from ...
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Can someone write another answer for our canonical malware question?

Our canonical malware question is a gem. At the time it was written, though, the various malware that encrypts your files weren't even a thing. We periodically get questions on how to recover from ...
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Should every answer involving registry edits contain a warning to back up the registry?

I encountered this comment while browsing questions on Super User: "Remember to always be careful with the registry!": Such a notice should be added, because newbies can mess up! Also, instructions ...
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Old questions - system discourages answering them?

I've been a member on other SE sites for a while now, but only recently joined SU. I found a few things a bit different here, and there are a couple of things I think could use some discussion. 1. ...
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I created a resource for an answer. Are there specifications/rules to include it as picture or link?

I answered to this question "Looking up gnuplot abbreviations", in the beginning giving only the method to find the meaning of the abbreviations used or usable. After I've created a a resource (a ...
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What can be done about false answers that suggest the asker to run malicious code? [duplicate]

What can be done about false answers that suggest the asker to run malicious code? I mean, like an answer that says something along these lines: If you have administrative privileges, the ...
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User tries to do something forbidden by license. Is explaining why it's illegal an answer?

Specifically, I'm speaking about this question: Windows 10 License in UEFI. Long story short, OP currently uses Windows with a license provided by his university through DreamSpark. He's going to ...
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Two long answers disagreeing with each other - how to canonicalize?

Someone posted a new answer to a rather old question of mine, Disadvantages of partitioning an SSD?. The answer I accepted has 13 upvotes at this time, and I have accepted the information therein as ...
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Are answers duplicate if they use different aliases of the same command?

This answer came up in the First Posts queue. It uses the Windows rd command to accomplish the task in the question. The accepted answer (from 2010), however, uses rmdir with the same parameters. rd ...
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Let's do something about all the old link-only answers

We do a pretty good job removing or repairing link-only answers nowadays, but there are boatloads of old link-only answers sitting ignored or at a slight negative score, written largely by users that ...
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Same answer from different users on different questions

There are almost duplicate questions, and not very surprisingly they have similar answers. But one answer is an exact copy, though posted from a different account. The newer version is slightly more ...
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Q&A Posts - The Question

I'm looking at starting to do Q&A posts here on SuperUser for problems that I encounter, from uncommon problems to common problems. Obviously, the answer will have the most info in the entire post,...
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Is this kind of “non-answer” appropriate?

Edit: After posting this question and receiving feedback, I expanded the answer to make it more of a direct answer to the question. So the referenced answer is no longer a good example of the issue ...
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How do you know when the asker has read your answer?

Sometimes when I write a pretty long answer I never know whether he/she has read my answer or had just left and decided not to bother with it. I don't however want to know everyone who has read it ...
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Do we flag answers which offer nothing new [duplicate]

I know we can mark duplicate posts but, what if the answer is a duplicate because it's a combination of different answers (all from the answers on the same post)? Are we still to flag it?
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What's the good way to answer “What is the analog of software X for operating system Y?”

I gave an answer today, being just a software recommendation, to a question, asking for a recommendation. If you cannot see deleted answers, there was the software name, a link to homepage and ...
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Should I answer my own question? Was I wrong to post it?

Here's my question (oh boy, the meta effect is about to descend upon it): Suppress Google Chrome's "Your Connection is Not Private" for specific Address? Am I wrong to be asking the ...
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What should we do when new users post questions as an answer?

What should we do about stuff like Serge's answer to this question? On the one hand, his question seems similar too the one being asked and it would probably serve well as a comment or something ...
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Old posts and answers need protection?

As member of SU for more than 5 years, I have quite a number of old answers lying around. Some of them are so old and outdated that today they are just ridiculous, such as recommending the ...
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How do we handle duplicate answers?

I flagged a post for deletion that was (IMO) low quality being that it was more of a comment/question for more information than an answer. I had also posted onto the same question a duplicate answer ...
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The slider to make the text area taller does not work on iPad

In questions and answers, the text area has a nice slider to make him taller. Alas, on iPad, the slider does not work. It would be nice to make the slider work. Thank you. I have Safari on iOS 7 ...
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Old “link-only answers” by a former moderator

When I report answers (new or old) that point to a link instead of answering the question on Super User, they get deleted or edited to reflect our policies. However, I've tried to report this answer, ...
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Is it okay to use headers to summarize content?

About a month ago, I adopted an answering style from Thaddeus of Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange. The new format uses bullet points below a level 3 header with a brief summary of the ...
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What should we do with answers that are low quality but otherwise legitimate attempts to answer the question?

In my extensive time on the review queues and 10k tools, there's one thing that's always been bothering me: low-quality answers that consist of no more than a few sentences and often a link to ...
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Should I take question quality into account when answering questions?

I noticed this comment from one of our established users: I only answer questions I belive [sic] are extremely high quality – Ramhound (source; moderator only) Assuming the questions are ...
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How is one sentence of unsubstantiated opinion the best answer?

I recently asked a question and received this answer: No, hard drives are in sealed enclosures and these images are marketing shots to give you an idea of the engineering inside. That's it. One ...