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What should you do when you're not receiving any reputation for your answers?

I have posted several answers on Super User where my answers are the only ones posted for the questions, and they have never been accepted, nor have they been voted on. What should I do to ensure that ...
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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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Should I delete answers with no votes?

Assuming that I had answered a question and didn't get any votes(up or down) for a month or some weeks, should I worry about delete it? I mean, should I assume that it is a bad answer as well if it ...
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Posting question & answer, why must I wait two days to accept it?

When posting a question and an answer together (like explained here) why must I wait two days to accept the answer? If I have understood correctly, the Q&A-together format is meant to provide ...
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What do we think of “Alternative to” answers?

I recently saw this answer, where the user simply did this: http://alternativeto.net/software/games-for-windows---live/ Most of them integrate in games explorer anyway. Are we against just ...
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When people give good answers to the wrong question

I asked this question last night just before going to bed. In summary, the question was "Why does my browser ask me before it will make an HTTPS connection?" I've got two answers now, but both have ...
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Advertisement answers and company references

What is the proper way to handle Answers that specifically mention a company's products in a way that obviously is more an advertisement than a real answer Answers that refer to a (company's) weblog ...
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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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Why do high-reputation users tend to have lots of answers but very few or no questions, and am I asking too many questions for my reputation?

After looking through the user profiles of very high-reputation users, it seems that most such users have lots and lots of answers, but very few or even no questions at all. Why? On the other hand, ...
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Why do people post their answers as comments?

Often while browsing Super User, I notice that people post their answers to questions as comments on that question. Why wouldn't they post their answers as answers, so that they can be accepted? I ...
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Target audience of answer on SU

You have to remember this site is called "superuser" not "idiotuser". You said "it's useful to have such a warning". I don't think it's useful to you at all. It's useful to somebody that perhaps doesn'...
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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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Is there is a limit of how much “quoting” a linked reference I can have in an answer?

This was actually prompted while I was editing an answer that was link only, but there have been times that I myself have found a useful site with detailed instructions. Most times, when I'm ...
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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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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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Add “views” ordering to answer list again

There once was a views sort order for answers in a user's profile, but it apparently was removed. It is only available for questions. While it might need to be made clear that it's not ...
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Add Another Answer—Why?

What exactly is the point of the Add Another Answer button? What would we need to do with it that we can't do by adding another clause to our already existing answer?
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Is it OK to downvote link only or link/copy/paste answers? [duplicate]

This is related to this question from Diago last year. I have seen a lot of answers with either a link only, or a link with a short description copy/pasted from the developer's website. Personally ...
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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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How to express extra appreciation for answer

I asked a question yesterday and the person who answered the questions went to great lengths to help me out. Is there any way that I could express appreciation for this besides just an upvote and the ...
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Who 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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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'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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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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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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What do I do if someone posts an answer I had as a comment?

This just happened here. I posted a possible solution as a comment (not being sure if it would work for the asker), and while I was waiting for a reply, krowe posted basically what I had as an answer. ...
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Should duplicate answers be posted, just to include screen shots?

I stumbled upon this question which has an answer posted (and edited) months ago. Just today, a new answer was posted with the exact same steps as the old answer, but including screen shots of the ...
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Superuser homepage answer bug

I was just looking at this post that had 2 answers, but on the home page it said there were 3 answers. Edit: I just went back and the third one is there now, does SU have some kind of timing problem?
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Question closed on Server Fault, then make here again - should I repeat the answer?

I answered a question on ServerFault yesterday. It appeared off topic there (probably that's true), but it was just asked again on SuperUser, where it is probably on-topic. Should I copy that answer ...
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Is the notification of other new answers whilst typing an answer broken?

A couple of times recently, I've started answering a question and by the time I have posted my answer, another has appeared. In the past, I have received a notification at the top of the screen ...
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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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Should I post an answer that isn't a perfect fit?

If I have an answer to a question that would help some people with the same question, but not the OP, should I post it? Case in point: https://superuser.com/a/748752/231678 This doesn't help the OP, ...
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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 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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Editing OS-specific questions or answers if the question or answer will also apply to another OS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the original intent of a question be broadened to make the answers more canonical? I recently found out that this question - How print multiple independent pages in one ...
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Increase number of visitors to a question (without bounty)

I need a tricky idea to increase the number of visitors to my questions on Super User. Sometimes I ask a question on SU where the answer is really important to me but after a week or more just has 10 ...
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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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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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Cannot vote on answer unless edited because it is locked

I tried to vote on the other answer to my question, but it says I can’t unless it is edited because my “vote” from 45 minutes ago is locked. The only vote on that answer was from well over a week ago ...
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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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Why are some posts text grey or dim?

Just curious as to why some posts appear grey or dim compared to other posts?
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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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New OPs answering their own questions

Edit: Nevermind. This was a newbie question based on misunderstanding how the site works. Skip to the last edit at the bottom for clarification. Much of the time, new OPs leave a question, get a ...
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Are welcome messages in answers acceptable?

I saw this answer and am not sure if the “Welcome to SuperUser.” at the beginning should be removed. It seems out of place to me…and aren't new users shown or emailed a welcome page or something ...
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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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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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Why was my “not an answer” flag marked helpful, but the post not deleted?

I flagged this post as "not an answer": I had the same problem as Dan Dyer. I followed slesker's instructions and now my problem is solved. Now, to the openoffice developpers: I really ...
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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 ...
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Dealing with answers that simply discuss other answers to the same question

According to the FAQ, "Answers that are commentary on the question or other answers may be removed". Came across this question with 8 non-deleted answers, 5 of which are fine. The remaining 3 though ...
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How to acknowledge comments with corrections to post?

Another user has made an important point about an answer I gave, rather than editing the answer directly. What is the appropriate way to give credit to that user when I edit my answer?