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Is Urban Dictionary an acceptable source?

UD is a source that is written by amateurs, and rated by amateurs. I've used it from time to time, but it's best when supplemented with other examples. As for whether or not the UD is an "acceptable"...
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In this scenario, who gets the bounty?

That's a tough one. You can put this off until the day before the bounty expires. Or not. It's totally your choice; whichever answer you find more helpful is the one you should choose. My $.02 (or ...
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UNDELETED: Deleting a highly upvoted but questionably correct answer (the one with the subjunctive)

So I’ve looked over the guidance I can find about incorrect answers and what to do about them (especially if they’ve been accepted or have attracted a lot of votes) on the main meta. The consensus ...
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Is Urban Dictionary an acceptable source?

Urban Dictionary can be a resource for slang phrases that are not in traditional dictionaries. However, it is not at all an authoritative source, since it is mainly an entertainment site. For ...
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On deleting low quality single-word-request answers

For the most part, the first-time posters who submit one-word answers followed by a little filler to meet the minimum character count are not interested in anything more than participating in a quiz-...
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UNDELETED: Deleting a highly upvoted but questionably correct answer (the one with the subjunctive)

I understand that it is disturbing when a dubious answer far outscores a careful and authoritative answer. However, a number of factors suggest to me that the present case is not an especially hard ...
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On deleting low quality single-word-request answers

tl;dr: Leaving these lying around just encourages others to follow their bad example. We don't want that to happen. Deleting is good for the site. SLAs are NARAs We used to have “Not A Real ...
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Are there any topics that are off limits in answers/comments?

If something is irrelevant to an answer, it should be edited out. If something is only relevant as an example, but the example is too inflammatory or distracting, it should be changed. The fact that ...
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How bad is it to answer a question that might be unsuitable for the site?

The main reason this is bad that I know of is that it may prevent the automatic deletion of low-quality questions. This makes the site have more low-quality questions that show up in search results ...
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Can a newly constructed word answer a single word request?

A question asking for people to coin a word is out of scope for this site. A coinage in an answer might be in scope, depending on how well-reasoned it is. If the answer is a coinage which follows ...
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On deleting low quality single-word-request answers

Sven Yargs points out that the problem is with poorly supported but otherwise correct answers; tchrist advocates deletion of single-line answers (SLAs) because they are not real answers. MετάEd ...
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Can I answer with translated proverbs or expressions?

Bear in mind that you are answering on the website "English Language and Usage". An Indian proverb is not part of the English language; a literal translation is not part of English usage (unless of ...
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Protocol when a comment provides a reasonable answer

People leave partial answers in comments for various reasons. Regardless, if you see useful information or partial answers in the comments, you can use that to write a detailed answer yourself. It'd ...
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Are answers that only cite personal experience acceptable for questions about dialects?

As my flagging of a comment instigated @sumelic question, I'll share my thought. Questions on pronunciation are quite interesting, particularly for non-natives as myself, as resources are very ...
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How to handle old questions with answers stuck in a comment?

I do answer a question in a comment if I think the question is marginal and worthy of closing. I consider this a kindness and an expediency. Kindness because I'm giving the benefit of my knowledge, ...
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What's the best way to address an antisemitic slur suggested as an answer over a year ago?

I would certainly take "Shylock" these days to refer to the unsavoury aspects of loan-sharkiness rather than be anything to do with religion. I'm aware that British attitudes to language differ ...
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Is it good to migrate questions which are on-topic and have answers?

My reasoning for not migrating is as you have stated. Mods are advised against migrating questions that are on topic where they currently are and have positively received answers. (Moderators can see ...
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Combining answers a good thing?

No, combining answers is definitely Not A Good Thing. The Stack Exchange format encourages unique answers to questions, each of which may be voted upon and from which the OP chooses the answer best ...
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Is Urban Dictionary an acceptable source?

UD is a great source. A quick scan of the definitions give you a reliable definition of the term. Moreover, it also provides variant definitions, and the up/downvotes give you an idea of how many ...
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Six votes recommending deletion, but not deleted

It's because it had a net positive score at the time that six recommends were racked up. There's a notice on it. Eventually if the user doesn't return pretty soon and fix it up, it will probably be ...
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Qualitative 'boundaries' for what it means to answer in comments

"We expect answers to be substantial, and backed up by references. [⬅️ This therefore is not an answer. :-]" —tchrist♦ By this, I suppose what tchrist means that because his comment does not ...
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On deleting low quality single-word-request answers

Once a post has gone to moderation, the resolution is moderator’s choice. Deletion is a perfectly reasonable choice when the post does not belong on the site. Deletion leaves the site clean while also ...
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What advice would you offer to a new EL&U user perplexed by the first downvote of an Answer they wrote?

I'm not the downvoter, but I will wager a guess that perhaps they felt that your answer was too brief and didn't provide any background or explanation, particularly when compared with CopperKettle's ...
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How bad is it to answer a question that might be unsuitable for the site?

TL;DR: It totally depends. Only answer bad questions when you provide a good answer. Otherwise, keep it in the comments. What would have been a great thing If however you do see something ...
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Lack of context with this template

It is a four word answer: “Fume is another possibility.” Kudos for properly crediting the work of another author that you relied on when you wrote it. All it lacks is the comprehensive explanation and/...
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Can I answer with translated proverbs or expressions?

My advice would be always check if the saying exists in English as well. It seems that "Words are like arrows, once loosed you cannot call them back" is a well-quoted saying in English and is wrongly ...
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Protocol when a comment provides a reasonable answer

I will not speak for others but some of why people do it is addressed in Why Do Some People Answer in Comments on the main Meta Stack Exchange (S.E.) Website. The matter is also addressed in a similar ...
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Is scolding other users in the comments section worthy of a flag?

Regarding the titular question, the code of conduct forbids "subtle putdowns", "unfriendly language", "Name calling", "personal attacks" (which "includes terms that feel personal even when they're ...
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About answers to heavily edited questions (re alibi)

The question is associated with the OP's name, not the community, and if the OP needs to redefine their question, they should not need the approval of the community to modify their post, even if it ...
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Why does this post require moderator advice on format?

I'll take your word that it's not written anywhere. Lots of stuff that's expected to be observed here isn't, and lots of stuff that is written is ignored, even (and inexplicably) by seasoned users and ...
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