As well as , there's , , , , and .

I understand what an accepted answer is, and also what an unanswered question is. However, I don't know the difference between "advice" about an answer, what is an "appropriate" answer, or a "howto" for answers. I don't even see how they're much more use than just posts about answers. Shall we burninate "answering-advice", "appropriate-answers" and "answer-howto"?

Does it describe the contents of the questions to which it is applied? and is it unambiguous?

No, I can't tell them apart.

Is the concept described even on-topic for the site?

It's on-topic for meta, yes.

Does the tag add any meaningful information to the post?

A very small amount.

Does it mean the same thing in all common contexts?


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I don't have a problem with any of those tags, and I'm not even certain that the lack of any information for them is much of a problem either, I'm afraid. However, I haven't checked whether the existing questions which use these tags follow common sense.

All these tags serve different purposes, and I believe that apart from the overarching tag, there is not a great deal of overlap. I don't see any harm in grouping questions together, and allowing those questions to be distinguished from .

  • The question asks about answers. Might go with or , and could even be paired with other tags.

  • The question asks "How should I have approached answering?" Might go with or .

  • Paired with , this is for questions like "How do I unaccept an answer?" (also see below) or "Why didn't I get my +15 or +2 rep?", which would also need the tag. Paired with , this might be used for "Why was this answer accepted?" or "How do we unaccept an answer which is obviously wrong?"

  • This is for Meta questions about questions which do not have an answer (perhaps "Is this question actually answerable?"), or which Community ♦ has bumped because of its criteria.

  • This is for asking about what steps to follow in order to post an answer, or maybe how to accept an answer. It would almost certainly be paired with .

  • Yours is more detailed, I'll stop writing mine. +1
    – NVZ Mod
    Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 9:28

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