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Questions tagged [answers]

Anything related to posting answers, their scope and style. Also about improving their content, voting on answers, editing your own answers or others' answers, etc.

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Why did my answer only receive half of the 50 bounty?

I spent some time on this for a 50 bounty, but it only got 25? MacOS highlight individual words as they are spoken, as iOS
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False closure as duplicate

How do I block cookies just on Medium.com? Someone decided a post was a duplicate, but cited article didn't answer the poster's question. Poster wanted to block cookies, but cited article would block ...
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Questions not linked to account and can't accept answer

I have asked this question, Can I configure my Mac to store documents and pictures on iCloud only And this question How can I clear pending iCloud Downloads? I would like to accept an answer for ...
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What to do when the answer is too short for an answer

I have seen quite a few questions where people ask how could they do something by a certain method. Example: Transfer files to iPad via USB from Android As far as I am aware it isn’t possible so I ...
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How do I deal with an answer in comments that isn't an answer but not a dupe either?

How do I deal with an answer in comments that isn't an answer but not a dupe either? I got this one - Creating desktops and opening programs on those desktops using applescript Which I kind of read ...
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OP claims to represent company in question

The author of this answer claims to represent a company asked about in the original question. This user just joined the site 45 minutes prior to posting the answer. They're currently listed as '...
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Is the deleted answer harmful in this post?

In How do I prevent "Local Items" Keychain from locking? One of the answers was flagged as basically causing data loss and then substantially edited. If you do have 10k reputation, you may ...
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Community approach to legitimate quasi-astroturf answering trends

As a new user on Ask Different, and of Macs in general, I have a limited amount of knowledge to contribute to the community. I was drawn to Ask Different while seeking and later discovering a solution ...
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Seemingly duplicate answer by another poster

In this question I posted an answer. After I posted my answer (by comparing timestamps), someone else posted the same exact answer I did (albeit with a GIF to illustrate it). It is now voted up higher ...
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How to improve my answers?

I want to give answers to some questions that I know the answer to, but I don't know how to express my answer. What should I keep in mind when I answer any questions?
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Why haven't I received reputation points for some of the upvotes that one of my answers received?

I answered a question, namely What are some useful ways to use Automator?, but I have not received any reputation points for the 4 up-votes that it received. Am I misunderstanding some portion of the ...
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Is this type of answer okay?

I found an answer like this Apple has a support page for this: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201269 I think you should at least give a small description of the link?
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Should I answer an existing old question or ask/answer my own new question?

Is there a point when a question gets too old to answer it? Before today, there was no easy way to tell if your iOS device is currently jailbroken, but an iOS security analyst has developed an ...
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Can't answer a protected question despite having sufficient reputation [duplicate]

The question Apple A1277 USB ethernet adapter not working on MacBook Air requires a reputation of 10 to post an answer. My account has a reputation of 106, through (mostly) the magic cross-site Stack ...
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Is it appropriate to add a new answer vs editing an existing link-only answer?

Is what I did in this question appropriate? Instead of editing the existing link-only answer, I made my own new answer with an explanation of the steps contained in the link. Is this fine? Or should I ...
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How should I deal with a misleading answer?

Earlier today, I posted the answer https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/230066/162909 which turned out to be a misleading answer due to my misbelief that isopropanol was suitable for use as a screen-...
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Discussion Topic: Increase In Questions That Are Simply Solved With Google Search

I don't know whether it is the start of the school year, but I feel like I am seeing more and more questions that could very easily be answered by the OP with a simple Google search. An example was ...
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Should follow-up advice given in comments be added as an update to an answer?

I provided and answer to this question on the main site, and subsequent to that answer, I had an exchange with the OP in the comments section where I provided additional advice on how I personally ...
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How to find my answers where another answer has been accepted?

I am trying to do some cleaning. Is there a way to find out in my answers' history (1500), if there is a another answer to the same post that has been accepted? Here is example of why:
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Can we un-bump the old questions that get dug up by a “me too!” answer?

I've seen many questions from several years ago get bumped because someone posts a new "answer," either a spam post or an "I have this issue too" post. Often we'll flag those "answers" into oblivion, ...
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Is it good-practice to use a comment (or parts of it) of someone else to answer a question?

I wanted to answer this question. But the user jherran was faster commenting this question instead of answering it. So i just added a comment instead of answering it, expecting jherran will add an ...
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Is it just me or is there a sudden uptick in Clash of Clans questions with tons of “me too” answers?

The subject says it all. I am light user of this particular Stack Exchnage site, but rolled over in the past few hours to see lots of “Clash of Clans” posts new and old on the main page. Including ...
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Stop the height handle from making the view jump to the cursor

There is a little yet annoying bug in the site. I am writing a (big) answer. In the text area, I have the view at the top. The cursor is at the end. With the handle, I make the text area taller. ...
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Answering your own question

I've always wondered what the proper way to go about this is. I posted a question on both Apple Support Communities and Ask Different. I got a response on the Support Communities first and it solved ...
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Should answers promoting a petition be flagged/deleted?

The following answer was posted as an answer to this question: This is an old problem, that Apple doesn't really care about. So sadly, we need to make some noise to be listened and have our problems ...
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When and how should I write two answers?

For certain questions, there may be multiple ways of doing something. This is the question that persuaded me to write this: Fastest way to get a photo from iPhone to Mac? My existing answer is a way ...
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What to do about totally absurd answer

What should you do to an answer that is "No I'm no canfarm wifi bulothot" ? Should I mark it down as well as flag it? It's not really spam.
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The accepted answer is wrong

An answer has been marked as "Accepted" but is clearly wrong. Is there anything that can be done about this? This is the url: How to set a default font for outgoing messages in Mail on Lion Thanks.
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Answer being auto-edited before being posted?

Not really much to say, other than here's a GIF to explain: Whilst in this example I'm editing an existing post, this happens for new posts too. If I omit the , in the text, it removes the entire ...
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Should OS version be included on OS specific questions?

Should OS version (E.g. 10.7.3) be included on all standard Operating System questions for future reference? As Operating Systems release updates and/or New Operating systems are released all together,...
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Correct answer in the past, but now wrong! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can users do to address orphaned questions with newer/better answers? Is it possible to correct an answer acception? I answered this question in January 2011 and the ...
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If I have a hypothesis as to a solution, should it be a comment or an answer?

What should I do in these instances? It usually happens with "why" questions more than anything else.
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Answers that are the same, and newer one gets up-voted?

Is there are way to merge and re-award points to the first answer? If there isn't, I would like to recommend a way to merge answers that are the same (or nearly identical) and to award the points to ...
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Answers that are really comments/comments that are really answers

In the flagging dialog box, there is a way to indicate that an answer is not really an answer, but actually a comment. What about the reverse case? Are flags encouraged that indicate that a comment ...
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Are answers that just contain a link acceptable?

If somebody answers by just putting a link, is the answer acceptable? Should the answer be flagged as "not an answer"?
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Put a newline after the 'Answer Your Question' button.

Related: "Add Another Answer" button Bug This doesn't look like Apple! The 'Answer Your Question' button overlaps the 'Notify' label and checkbox. To use this feature (I really use it) I ...