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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 appears to be : Write a correct answer Downvote incorrect answers Leave comments on incorrect answers explaining why they are incorrect The answer to Should I ...


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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 one to judge. Essentially, the key elements in the controversy are a no-research-shown question posted on August 13, 2010; a brief (four lines) but confident-...


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Why the question was judged unsuitable for this site This question did not meet the criteria for single word requests, and the original poster never edited it or returned to it in the approximately five days since it was closed (closed Aug 18 at 13:59, deleted Aug 24 at 1:58). The question, stripped of fluff, basically consists of this: Is there a word ...


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It seems that the order of events was the question was posted, a comment was made on it that said it was racist, the author deleted it themselves. Also possibly, around the same time, the question was flagged and the question then marked by a mod as rude or abusive. Taboo, pejorative, and offensive words are fair game on ELU, but as MrShiny mentioned, the ...


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Even after reading the community manager guidance in When Should I Vote to Delete, this still doesn't strike me as a high-value activity. Some might consider these questions "broken windows", but if the broken window is tucked away in the basement and you only see it when you specifically search for that kind of window, is it really that harmful to the site?...


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It is important to get a hopeless answer in the VLQ queue ASAP because: (1) after 7 days, the answer can't be flagged VLQ; and, (2) long before then, it may attract enough undeserved upvotes to be immune from being flagged as VLQ. Also note that not all VLQ answers are one-liners, and not all VLQ answers are responding to a SWR. I sporadically edit ...


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Low quality is not the same thing as wrong, incomplete, or unreliable. An answer that is readable and apparently addresses the question passes the quality test.¹ When an answer: (i) fails the test; (ii) is impossible to fix or would take an unreasonable amount of effort to fix; and (iii) does not fall into another low quality category (spam, abusive, or not ...


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You cannot delete that question. You can only delete a question while it is unanswered, or it has only one answer which has not been upvoted. Where you can delete the question, it is reasonable at least to consider doing so. The system allows it. If it has an answer, you should bear in mind the effort taken in providing it. You may not feel any pang of ...


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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 sparse outside what's in dictionnaries. ELU could help in that and fill a real need, even though natives might not realize it. About dialects and sharing personnal ...


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Deleting a question will automatically delete all the answers posted on that question, irrespective of the number of upvotes each answer received. That is why in the moderator tool guidelines, users are asked: Before voting to delete, please check whether there are any good answers; if so, then the question should be flagged for moderator attention as a ...


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Deletion of low quality content is a sticky wicket. I'm not sure that we have any clear guidelines, but your instincts are pretty much exactly what I would recommend. If content is off-topic, spam, or offensive, you should feel free to vote to delete it. That's clearly content that we don't want on our site. Unlike that type of content, low quality posts ...


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If your reaction to an answer is “that's wrong”, it should be downvoted. Keeping wrong answers around serves a purpose: it shows what not to do (or, on this site, what not to say), and hopefully why. If your reaction to an answer is “this isn't even wrong” or “this is true but completely irrelevant”, it should be deleted. A future visitor who's looking for ...


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(This answer simply states the general principles. I didn't vote to close or delete the question, so I'll leave it to those who did to confirm.) Whether a question is suitable for the site is decided at the time it is put on hold, i.e. when voting to close a question. Those votes don't immediately lead to deletion. Questions are put on hold so that the OP ...


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I reviewed the post history. I believe it is true to say: There is nothing wrong with asking about offensive words. You can verify that by searching the site for questions about offensive words. The question was flagged, but not for being offensive. The question was flagged for rude comments. The question was flagged offensive. Rude and otherwise ...


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You mean something like this? This answer does not meet our site’s quality standards. We’re looking for longer answers that provide some explanation and context, preferably with citations. Good answers explain why you think they’re correct and use mostly your own words to do so. That’s the sort of language often placed on low-quality answers. ...


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See: Lots of not-always-useful but well-intentioned answers A single line answer should be removed even if it's not answering a word or phrase request. It is a comment posted as an answer. Downvotes and deletevotes are important feedback to the person posting. And they are often the only type of feedback that matters. Especially when combined with a ...


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I am a compulsive tidy-upper and throw-it-awayer, so I jumped on the Delete Queue enthusiastically and voted to delete five questions I thought had no redeeming qualities. I was too hasty on one of them, because the f-word turns me off, utterly. Not a good reason, as @Mari-Lou A pointed out above. The answers were worthy of keeping. Fortunately, I was ...


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Yes, cross-posts should be deleted. They should not have been posted in the first place, and thus their proper state of existence is none at all. Note that it was a diamond moderator, acting in that capacity, who deleted your question. Here is his comment regarding that action¹ (bold emphasis mine): Thank you for being persistent, but avoid ...


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I am disturbed by this deletion. The answer may not have been a good one (although the number of upvotes clearly disputes that)—but, in all other cases, whether an answer (or question) is good is reflected by the community. Only if an answer (or question) clearly violates the code of conduct should it ever be deleted by a moderator. And, even then, there is ...


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For users who do not have 10K rep and cannot see the deleted answer, here it is. And, yes, I had already downvoted it. When in doubt, always use the subjunctive mood: If I were you... It will make you sound smarter and it is technically correct since "the subjunctive mood is used to express a wish or possible situation that is ...


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Yes, you can either edit your original question or delete it and post a new one. To attract more attention you can place a bounty on your questions. – user240918 Jan 21 at 11:31 That said, Editing the question will already move it to the top of the list of active questions, so people who have not seen it before will see it for the first time. I would ...


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Here's my take on this. If I encounter a SLA to a SWR in a first-posts or late-answers review, shall I flag it and if yes, how? While using the review queues, I am more inclined to flag SLAs as VLQ and those that don't answer the question as NAA, but sometimes I just edit them to help the new user. (say, Flag 70%, Edit/Comment 20%, Skip 10%) If I ...


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Answers that are actual vandalism (LQP) should simply be deleted. A comment is not necessary; the vandal will understand. Answers that are not answers (NAA) should be deleted with a comment for the author. That's what the delete reasons are for. Answers that are answers, but are very short because they are wrong, or they lack authority (evidence, ...


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If the question is specifically asking about dialect differences, then I think these kinds of answers are acceptable. (They aren't for pretty much all the other kinds of questions.) Answers that cite other sources are even better and should be upvoted more of course.


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I post this answer to distil the other high-voted answers into a clear guideline and also to suggest a more suiting comment: If you encounter an unreferenced answer to a single-word request (or similar) in the wild or in the first-posts or late-answers queue, flag for deletion (not an answer or very low quality). If you have more than 20 k reputation, ...


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Update SEDE 20-11-2016: There are now over 3.200 questions with a negative score. There are now ~600 closed questions with a negative score and pending delete votes.


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No, I don't think questions should be deleted just because they were cross-posted. If non-mod users can migrate questions between the two sites, then vote to migrate one of them, and make a note to members of the other site to close it as a duplicate of the purported cross-post. For example, suppose "X" on EL&U was cross-posted as "Y" on ELL: migrate "...


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Bad answers should be deleted. Wrong answers should be left as signposts (that the given content is wrong). Both will hopefully be given more downvotes than up. I'd say vote to delete an answer that is both bad (your judgement) and negative score (community judgement).


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