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UNDELETED: Deleting a highly upvoted but questionably correct answer (the one with the subjunctive)

In one of the first questions on this site, "If I was" vs "If I were", there are a slew of answers. The question had a somewhat more recent (Feb 2018) spate of activity with a very authoritative, ...
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How should I handle accepting answers when I don't know if they are correct?

I've just asked my first question here, and got some helpful answers. However, I am not by any means an expert on the English language, and therefore lack the capability to discern whether or not the ...
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On deleting low quality single-word-request answers

This morning, I and my fellow moderators are faced with a quandary. Once again, we have a pile of disputed low quality flags in our queue, the majority of which are for answers to single-word-requests....
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People answering off-topic questions: What should we do?

It happens sometimes that when I vote to close a question which is evidently Off Topic, some user posts an answer. I know it might be legit (although honestly I'm not sure on this), but this ...
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Is Urban Dictionary an acceptable source?

The reason I ask this is because an answer I gave to a question quoted an Urban Dictionary definition and received 2 downvotes without any explanation as to why. Could anyone please tell me what (if ...
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Writing a better help page on “How do I write a good answer” [updated]

New users often give answers that are too short or that have other problems that may cause them to be considered "very low quality" (which means they are often flagged for deletion). People can leave ...
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How to handle old questions with answers stuck in a comment?

I am noticing a bunch of older questions stuck in the Unanswered queue that have an acceptable answer posted as a comment instead of an answer. For the first few I found I just copied the answer into ...
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How to prevent automatic downvotes on an answer after editing it?

I frequently flesh out answers from new users; adding relevant dictionary definitions, links and usage examples. Almost every time I do that, the answer immediately gets a -1 score. Some new users ...
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Are there any topics that are off limits in answers/comments?

I've noticed lately that a lot of people are taking every opportunity they have to take a negative topic and reference the newest US President, Donald Trump. Not that I'm trying to get people to ...
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Should the person who asks a question really be the one to pick an answer?

When someone asks a question that has a right answer, should he or she be the one to mark one as accepted? Accepted doesn't have to be correct, but why shouldn't it? With something more subjective ...
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In this scenario, who gets the bounty?

This may be down to a matter of opinion. In which case, feel free to downvote/close the question. I've been looking for a word for ages: A word that fits the concept of "only do something once, ...
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Answering at the same time as asking ok?

I posted an answer at the same time as asking, by clicking the "Answer your own question" checkbox. A user said in response That's not the way one asks a question, with its detail and background ...
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Protocol when a comment provides a reasonable answer [duplicate]

Please bear with me: I am still a learner in this forum. In a question such as this, where a correct answer (well, one I would have given) has been provided and the question seems interesting, is it ...
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Six votes recommending deletion, but not deleted

This answer to Is there any word for “killing someone by conspiracy”? got into the Low Quality Review queue, where it got six “Recommend Deletion” votes (and no others) and the review is labeled as ...
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Can a newly constructed word answer a single word request?

When I searched for this question, I found questions regarding whether asking for people to coin words is on-topic. I have a little bit of a different question. Suppose if OP is making a single word ...
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How do deal with answers to a “try to guess” question

I found When does a question..., but it seems to focus mainly on how to determine when a question is worthy of a close vote for lack of context, inciting only guesses. My curiosity is with the ...
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An answer was removed, but my flag was declined nevertheless - why?

This is the answer: Mimpi menjadi kenyataan.? Bukan kah segala sesuatu berawal dari mimpi. Selama mimpi kita Masi di tekuni dengan niat & tekad yang keras, pintu kesuksesan pasti kita raih. ...
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How bad is it to answer a question that might be unsuitable for the site?

I have the impression one loses brownie points when posting an answer to a question that will obviously be closed in short order. Where should one draw the line in deciding whether to post an answer ...
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About answers to heavily edited questions (re alibi)

I wonder what the community policy is respecting question edits that change the meaning, and existing answers to earlier version of the question. I looked around a bit but only managed to find several ...
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[Etiquette]Edit our answer with information from another answer?

I made an answer for Appropriate preposition to go with "concerned", and noted that although I acknowledged that for could be used, I didn't knew in which context. In the meantime, Dan Ray ...
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Is scolding other users in the comments section worthy of a flag?

I've noticed a few users who feel it necessary to scold others for their comments. For example, admonishing people for answering questions in the comments section. The comments section on this ...
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What should I do with duplicate answers?

I recently noticed a handful of late answers trickle through that more or less mimic a previous answer. Should these be flagged or downvoted or both?
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The answer to this question is great! But the question is closed and a bit hard to find

"Put me in touch with whomever created it"? I think F.E.'s answer here is very good and complete--the best overview on the case of fused relative pronouns that I've seen on this site. But ...
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On flagging posts with lots of images

I flagged this answer with the note "pictures are a little excessive" and the flag was dismissed as invalid. I would like to publicly note that this is a terrible, terrible precedent. The images are ...
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Are answers that only cite personal experience acceptable for questions about dialects?

In general, answers on this site are supposed to have references. This was established early on by the top answers to the following Meta post: Since it isn't in the FAQ, are we as answerers ...
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Lack of context with this template

An answer (since modified, this is the version which got templated) I recently gave had the following template added to it: We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. ...
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Qualitative 'boundaries' for what it means to answer in comments

The topic of answers in comments has been brought up before (here and there and elsewhere), with MrHen providing a good summary of the community's attitude: My opinion on that subject is that ...
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How can I inform an OP that I may have answered his or her question?

EDIT I have shortened my original question because I feel the lengthy preamble added nothing of value, I have accepted Simchona's answer and I don't like wasting people's time. So, here it is the ...
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Good answers to closed questions

This question was closed today because it was a duplicate of this question. Today's question, however, had a really good answer — by one Jon Purdy — which I believe actually adds to the answers given ...
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Should spam posts be down-voted, flagged, or both?

I came a across a spam answer on this question advertising clothes and the like, which I have already flagged for moderator attention. However in this situation is it recommended to down vote the ...
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Comment or answer?

I sometimes hesitate using answer or comment. In this case I didn't hesitate because I didn't think giving a link was worth an answer. (I suppose my subconscious was reluctant to see me gain undue ...
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Can we revive a valuable answer that was removed?

In a recent question, there was an answer given that I thought was quite valuable, even though it didn't seem to be an answer that would be accepted as final / correct. The answer had upvotes and ...
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Every one a winner, or how do you deal with multiple suggestions in a single answer? [duplicate]

I frequently see questions about word-suggestions, something like: I am looking for a term to describe X. Questions like this could attract a lot of answers, like this: You could call it Y. Or ...
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Is the “somebody else answered while you were typing” notification working?

Yesterday I found that I'd answered a question a minute or two after somebody else (with overlap) and thought I had just not seen the notice that you usually get when someone answers while you are. ...
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Is there a way to hide answers you don't want to see?

Somewhere between the fine line between downvoting (which I did) and flagging (which I did not), we have stuff like this answer: What are the similarities and differences between "irony" and ...
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I've flagged to remove a warning template, and haven't received a response. Should I panic?

This answer was posted on July 15, received a warning template on July 19, was edited on July 20, and I flagged it to have the warning template removed on the same day, and haven't (as of July 28) ...
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Should downvotes require comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it not mandatory to provide comments on a down-vote? Some questions can be unclear, and most users are nice enough to leave a comment on the question to let OP know ...
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Update the timestamp shown when an edit has been done in the 5-minute time frame

I edit a question of mine to change the punctuation and, as I am in my attention-deficit moment, I edited it after 2 minutes to change the punctuation of another sentence. When I pressed the "Save ...
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Change the text shown after the field to add a new answer

Actually, after the form field and the button to add a new answer, the following text is shown: The text could be confuse some users that, from a side, see duplicate questions being closed and, from ...
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Exception to 30 character minimum for answers

Is there any way to create an exception for the minimum answer length for questions tagged "single-word request?" It seems wasteful and inconvenient and seems feasible from a coding perspective.
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Can I answer with translated proverbs or expressions?

This question about a translated Russian proverb sparked my meta: Words are not Sparrows, once they have flown they cannot be recaptured I commented under it with my own translation of an Indian ...
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Does saying “I have always used [X]” answer a question about which of two words to use?

Looking at this answer (the link is now for 10K users, as the answer has been deleted), for example, I notice that it doesn't answer to the question because The fact somebody uses a word doesn't mean ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

I posted this answer in good faith, but it's been deleted. If you can't see it because you don't have sufficient rep to see deleted answers, it said the apostrophe in Oakland Athletics logo relates ...
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When should a question be up-voted? When should a question be answered?

Should a question be up-voted only when it shows research effort and/or is useful and clear? Is a question useful and clear if it's interesting? Should a question be answered only when the question ...
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Usage of parenthesis when reporting the definition of a word

Sometimes, in the definition of a word there is a part that explains the context for which the meaning is valid; for example, for automagically the definition is the following: (especially in ...
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Posting more than one answer [duplicate]

I did a fruitless search here, to see if this has already been asked: Can a person post more than one answer to the same question?
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What's the rationale for responding to a question with a comment as opposed to an answer? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie to the forum and I notice that questions sometimes get both comments and answers, or sometimes just comments, and wonder what the rationale is for this distinction. Does the difference ...
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Deleting an Answer

What are the "good" reasons for deleting someone else's answer? And, related, — can you delete someone's answer with no reason? — how many delete votes does it take to delete an answer?
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About closed questions

I am a new member. Can I answer an unanswered closed question? If so, how? I have an answer for a closed unanswered question
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Does giving two answers that say the same thing make sense?

I found these answers from the same user that essentially suggest the same word. Does it make sense to write two answers to say the same thing, and if so, when? What is the purpose of writing a ...