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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 Donald Trump is Hitler Jr doesn't make that pertinent to answers.


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It's fine to try to infer intent. The real problem this answer ran into is that it's answering a guessing game question. The question in a nutshell is "what is the word that I can't currently remember, ending in -ous and maybe meaning too commonplace to be noticed". While such questions are common (and popular), and several SE sites tend to attract them, ...


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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 naturally from the way the language works, such as your example "samsaraphobia" which follows from the common practice of sticking "-phobia" on new things people ...


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I'm taking my moderator hat off here. I don't want this answer to be construed as EL&U policy (unless it's agreed that it should be). I think I disagree with your definition of cheating. To me cheating is breaking the rules to get ahead, and the way you break the rules is detrimental to the other people you are competing against. Education is not a ...


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Three types of tools, if carefully used, may provide evidentiary bases for authoritative answers to the question about 'glee'. Two of those types of tools have already been deployed in the question and its answer, although perhaps they have not been deployed as skilfully as they might be. The two types of tools already deployed are (1) personal experience, ...


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suppose that for unexplained (but possibly mystical) reasons of my own i decide to capitalize every Seventeenth word in my answer to this question. on the one hand, such a decision seems difficult To characterize as "normative" since it isn't something most people do, and since it isn't calculated to Make what i write easier for readers to comprehend. but on ...


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It seems to me that this is precisely why such questions should be closed. It may very well be that the poster actually wants to know 'how this Greek term is pronounced in English', and if edited to ask that, the question can and should be re-opened. But pronunciation in foreign languages is blatantly off-topic, and leaving an off-topic question open will (...


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There are limited options for dealing with wrong answers on Stack Exchange, especially if you have not earned any reputation points. Answering (no rep needed) You have to have reputation before you can do anything? It definitely can seem that way, but reputation is actually required more for the minor site functions than the major ones. New users can make ...


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In your terminology, the community at ELU is almost entirely normative, meaning answering according to existing rules and variations (more on that in a second). The community has explicitly noted that they should mostly avoid things like neologisms or changes to grammar rules that are proposed to be better (by some criteria) and therefore is not (in general,...


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You are certainly not alone in your thinking; many people feel that rewarding a poorly-framed question with a thoughtful and detailed answer is not only futile, but in fact is actively detrimental to the site because it grants legitimacy to the poor question and encourages other questioners to let fly with whatever idle wondering crosses their mind, instead ...


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Questions (especially from new users) often lack the required details to help us narrow down the list of possible answers. What I'd normally do is vote to close as "unclear what you're asking", and also, if I have the time, leave comments to guide the new user, or upvote other constructive comments. I might also suggest a few possible answers (without ...


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You have to have reputation before you can do anything? Without reputation, you can write questions and answers. This is also how you earn reputation, which will soon allow you to do other things, such as vote, comment, participate in chat, and edit. It is possible to flag answers, but as has been said in comments, this is more for process violations than ...


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No, there is not. You shall have to wait until you earn the reputation to vote. There is a flagging system, and a Very Low Quality flag that seems like it should allow you to flag some answers as false, but it is really meant for posts that are completely incomprehensible. It is not for wrong answers. If I recall correctly, some restrictions have even been ...


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