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Avoid using ChatGPT or other AI-powered solutions to generate answers to questions on Software Engineering

Although the problem is not yet as big as it is on Stack Overflow, there have been some confirmed attempts of accounts using AI-powered solutions, like ChatGPT, to generate and post several answers to ...
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How do I decide whether to post an answer I'm unsure of?

I have an idea for an answer to a question that I think might be helpful, but the question is outside of my area of expertise, so my answer might be more harmful than helpful. How do I decide to post ...
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The system supports questions with multiple answers poorly (and is becoming worse at it)

TL;DR Can the system do something to help us more efficiently handle quality of the content in questions with multiple answers? Recently I've seen notes from Stack Exchange staff about how it would ...
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Let's clean up the Data Structures for Interviews question

Why are data structures so important in interviews? This question has almost 60,000 views, and is in the top 50 in views in questions that are not closed. However, it's pretty clearly off topic, ...
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Can we please cleanup this popular question?

This question appears to be quite popular: Why are shortcuts like x += y considered good practice? Currently it has over 34K views, making it in top 250 all time (top 150 if we discard closed ...
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After my answer, question has been "protected" because it has "attracted low-quality answers", why?

I had a rather interesting response when offering an answer to this question: The ...
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What to do when an algorithm question attracts "Here's my implementation in X" answers?

So I was looking through the close review queue today and I saw this question: An algorithm for finding converse duplicates of ordered pairs The OP asked for an algorithm to find certain parts of ...
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Should I post a comment answering a question when I don't have time for a detailed answer?

From time to time, there are questions which I can be answered per se with one short sentence. A detailed answer would be more valuable for both the community and the person asking the question, but a ...
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Reconciling answers with old mod notices

Search shows several answers with old mod notices, could these be reconciled? At first I thought to flag them but there seems to be too many and some are not quite clear cut so I decided to ask at ...
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Answers quality in hot questions

For few recent months, I've got a habit of downvoting answers which quality doesn't look OK to me. These probably can be generally described as low effort and/or these lacking relevance to ...
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Is it technically feasible to have 2-3 aging factors for hot questions at Programmers?

I am pondering particular feature request, but before diving deep into polishing its presentation and details, I would like to understand whether the change it would require is technically feasible at ...
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Downvoting "marginal" posts can trigger their inclusion into Low Quality queue?

Recently I reviewed some posts using SEDE query called "Marginal short answers with links". For the record, I have been using query parameters as suggested here, with the only difference ...
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Trial run of modified "hotness formula" for Programmers questions

Could we please make a trial run of modified "hotness formula" for Programmers questions? Modification details are described in this MSO post as follows: As far as I can tell, substantial part of ...
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Is this (code-only) answer OK?

The question is: Use constructor or setter method? ...I am not sure if that is a correct way to deal with problem. I think in above mentioned case user is anyway going to change the text, so why not ...
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One line answers

IMHO a one line answer that is not backed up by references and doesn't show significant research efforts doesn't fit to P.SE. An example (no offense to Thorbjørn who is actually one of the best ...
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Do significant claims require evidence?

I refer to this answer from Too much version control and bug tracking overhead per change? for which the question itself was actually the subject of a previous meta question. Quoted here in the ...
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What's the policy for pure citational answers?

Are pure citational answers considered a Good Answer ™ vis-á-vis general StackOverflow policies? Should the citation be labelled in some way to credit the source of the borrowed wisdom, and if so, ...
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Is there a way to run a SEDE query against an older Programmers data snapshot?

Is it possible to get results of a particular SEDE query executed against an older data snapshot? I am interested in these in order to perform sort of retrospective study. Query I would like to run ...
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What to do with answers to this question?

Question asked is stated as follows: Is there any hard data (studies, comparisons, not-just-gut-feel analysis) on <particular subject>? Some of the answers given are: I honestly feel there ...
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Are readers supposed to vote, edit, comment, flag answers on old one-liner honeypots?

Some old closed questions have many answers that probably were considered OK back then but are not quite up to current quality standards. Are readers supposed to vote, edit, comment, flag answers in ...
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Is it time to tighten up the quality filter at Programmers?

Some recent posts make me feel like these could be automatically rejected by quality filter, thus saving community efforts for better quality questions and answers. "I want To develope My Own linux ...
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Poor answers to closed questions

While using the new review tool for poor quality answers, I keep coming across a pattern that leaves me thinking there must be a better way to handle it. Take the following question, for example. ...
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is there a value in this answer?

I fail to see any value in this answer. Do I miss something? Question: I have to make database for data that are currently being kept in excel files, so I have to do some changes before writing ...
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Bad answer: so bad that it should be deleted?

I gave a bad answer. It was bad because: it had a flame-bait quote it was mostly off-topic it originally didn't even answer the actual question (now it kinda does) My question is, how bad is this ...
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Is it acceptable to totally rewrite an up-voted answer?

I recently wrote an answer to Programmers.SE which has caused some controversy. I'm starting to realize that the biggest issue is probably not the content (or lack of content) of the answer, but its ...
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Is this really the sort of answer we as a community want on our site?

I don't believe that this answer is of any use on the site: No There are no good reasons, That's it. No further explanation or justification of this view. It doesn't add anything to the debate. Yet ...