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I often find erroneous responses on Stack Exchange. Is there a way to flag these as wrong or false?

I often find erroneous responses on Stack Exchange. Is there a way to flag these as wrong or false? Also, I am not really sure how reputation works... You have to have reputation before you can do ...
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How do I provide a proper answer for a usage (descriptivist) question?

I've found that some questions seem to call for descriptivist answers. By that I mean the question is along the lines of "how is this word/phrase typically used?" I can't think of how to write a ...
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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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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 stop ...
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Is it wrong to answer the intent of the question?

My question is: Generally, when there is a minor disconnect between the question title and the question body, is it okay to infer intent from the body of the question, or should the literal ...
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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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Suggestion: Prominently clarify that asking homework questions is not cheating

This post is not requesting that homework questions be treated as cheating on ELU. It is seeking a means of reassuring users who are concerned about possible cheating that the general consensus does ...
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Are either questions or *answers* purely about how to pronounce things in foreign languages on-topic?

In my opinion, every question and answer on this site is supposed to deal with using words and phrases in an English-language context. To further this goal, mention of the pronunciation of words in ...
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is english.stackexchange normative or creative?

is english.stackexchange normative or creative? as with anything that evolves, english improves through a creative process that introduces new features and remains cohesive through a normative ...
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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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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 ...
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Review my writing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What questions are on-topic and off-topic here? Can I ask the community to help me find errors in a text/sentence? Would English SE be a good place to post a paragraph or ...
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What should be done with answers that contain just a link?

In other SE sites, answers that contain just a link (even if preceded by see, try, etc.) are not considered answers, and users are suggested to flag the answer. Is that considered the action to take ...