Hot answers tagged

13 votes

Is it good-practice to use a comment (or parts of it) of someone else to answer a question?

I would say just answer it. I would put more content in an answer than your comment, but if the other person wants to answer it they can too. That's how SE is supposed to work. People answer the ...
user avatar
  • 7,473
12 votes
Accepted

Answering your own question

From the FAQ: Yes! Stack Exchange has always explicitly encouraged users to answer their own questions. If you have a question that you already know the answer to, and you would like to document ...
user avatar
  • 44.2k
10 votes
Accepted

After 3 years I posted an up-to-date answer and got some bad feedback — What should I do?

Thanks for bringing your question here to discuss. As I commented on your question (done after your screenshot above), it wasn't that I "wasn't very happy", it's that the answer you added and ...
user avatar
  • 21.9k
10 votes

Should I delete an accepted answer that's now very out of date?

The question is explicitly about Lion. The answer is presumably still helpful for people using Lion. I would encourage you to leave it.
user avatar
  • 33.4k
9 votes
Accepted

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

It seems to be the case that the bounty starter did not award the +50 bounty. But your answer has two upvotes nonetheless. As What is a bounty? How can I start one? explains: If you do not award ...
user avatar
  • 7,727
9 votes

Discussion Topic: Increase In Questions That Are Simply Solved With Google Search

I'm a strong believer in asking simple questions simply. Even if your question can be found by a google search, I feel it's totally on topic here. What versions of OS X are affected by Heartbleed? ...
user avatar
  • 219k
9 votes
Accepted

Is it just me or is there a sudden uptick in Clash of Clans questions with tons of “me too” answers?

This kind of thing is very common on Ask Different when a change occurs with something within the scope of the site. It begins with a reasonable question on the subject, and thanks to SE's very high ...
user avatar
  • 185k
8 votes

How to find my answers where another answer has been accepted?

Mass deletion of posts is something that will generally get you suspended. That being said, the SEDE (Stack Exchange Data Explorer) is the place to go if you want assistance in crafting such a query ...
user avatar
  • 219k
7 votes
Accepted

When and how should I write two answers?

In short, don't sweat it. I have used both methods. Sometimes I choose which is most appropriate based on the particular wording of the question, so in this instance is says "What's the fastest way",...
user avatar
  • 25.4k
6 votes

Is it just me or is there a sudden uptick in Clash of Clans questions with tons of “me too” answers?

I've cleaned up most of them now. If you run into more, just flag them as usual. As for the reason, I can only guess. Maybe there was a change of rules on CoC server side which triggered some changes ...
user avatar
  • 85.5k
6 votes

Should answers promoting a petition be flagged/deleted?

It doesn't answer the question so flagging/deleting definitively is in order. In this case it does have some merits as a comment.
user avatar
  • 85.5k
6 votes

Discussion Topic: Increase In Questions That Are Simply Solved With Google Search

I see several reasons why people come to Ask Different instead of searching via Google/Bing/Duckduckgo> not everybody is very used to doing Google searches, especially for more complex topics. ...
user avatar
  • 85.5k
6 votes

Should follow-up advice given in comments be added as an update to an answer?

So long as your answer contains a real and genuine answer, then provided the more fluffy bits round the edges are just extra information, and do not form the primary answer, then they will read better ...
user avatar
  • 25.4k
6 votes

What to do when the answer is too short for an answer

Tell the OP it isn’t possible in an answer and get downvoted I'm not sure why you're operating under the presumption that saying "No" and/or giving a short answer automatically means a down vote. ...
user avatar
  • 81.7k
6 votes
Accepted

What to do when the answer is too short for an answer

"It's not possible" type of answers are always tricky, even though in this case you are right. But even then it might be better to back up your answer with facts and references to give the ...
user avatar
  • 85.5k
6 votes
Accepted

OP claims to represent company in question

In general I probably would put a "insufficient explanation" notice on the answer and add a comment explaining that "I'm from $COMPANY" doesn't add value to the answer and asking for verifiable ...
user avatar
  • 85.5k
6 votes

OP claims to represent company in question

I think the part about being from the Flipd teamis irrelevant. On SE credibility is NOT based on your age, experience, or position in a company. It is based on your reputation. The user in question (...
user avatar
  • 9,354
4 votes
Accepted

Questions not linked to account and can't accept answer

I’ve had a quick look and it seems you’ve effectively (though unintentionally) created two accounts on Ask Different. I suspect when you first visited the site to ask your first question you created ...
user avatar
  • 62k
4 votes

Is it good-practice to use a comment (or parts of it) of someone else to answer a question?

Please always use an answer as comments are (sometimes) pretty pointless. An answer is something I read at first when I open a new question.
user avatar
  • 7,090
4 votes

False closure as duplicate

If the intention of the asker are unclear, clarification can be requested through comments. In the mentioned case the OP didn’t come back with more details which would have helped to reopen the ...
user avatar
  • 85.5k
4 votes
Accepted

Is this type of answer okay?

This answer is referred to as a low quality answer. The answer (in its original revision) provides no additional detail than a link. If this link were removed, the answer would not be an answer to the ...
user avatar
  • 185k
4 votes

Should I delete an accepted answer that's now very out of date?

I’m tempted to mod lock the entire question / post as obsolete. Need to think over the options, but that seems the best way to handle an obsolete answer to a prominent post. It was sure useful in the ...
user avatar
  • 219k
3 votes

Can't answer a protected question despite having sufficient reputation

Protected questions require 10 reputation to have been earned on the site itself, thus this is status-bydesign. The 100 reputation association bonus is purposefully removed from the calculation used ...
user avatar
  • 185k
3 votes
Accepted

Is it appropriate to add a new answer vs editing an existing link-only answer?

As you haven't added any more information to your answer beyond what was obtained from the link, I would have edited the existing answer rather than adding a new one, but what you did is not wrong ...
user avatar
  • 185k
3 votes
Accepted

Seemingly duplicate answer by another poster

The entire Q&A is unfortunate since there already exists a duplicate question (which this question is now closed and points towards). However, ignoring that, if I had caught the duplicate answer ...
user avatar
  • 185k
3 votes
Accepted

Why haven't I received reputation points for some of the upvotes that one of my answers received?

Your linked answer is a community wiki post. One of the effects of this is that you receive no reputation for the post, positive or negative. This is indicated by the different style of author link ...
user avatar
  • 185k
3 votes
Accepted

Should answers promoting a petition be flagged/deleted?

I would say the mentioning of a petition isn't the reason to delete a post. It's when there's no answer to be seen and all the post does is petition / advertise. Just like spam solicitations are out ...
user avatar
  • 219k
3 votes

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

From the help center: If [the person who placed the bounty] do[es] not award [the] bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a ...
user avatar
  • 33.4k
3 votes
Accepted

Should one remove me too part and hope it helps part from an answer?

From looking at the links you've provided most of them are the usual set of rather low-quality answers in terms of problem analysis and reproducibility of the solution (basically they tried this and ...
user avatar
  • 85.5k
3 votes
Accepted

How is No for an answer to a question that invites workarounds?

Sometimes, the correct answer is a simple 'no' with an explanation why it is what it is. Not all answer have to be, or need to be, complicated. In fact, providing someone a complicated workaround ...
user avatar
  • 21.9k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible