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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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1answer
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Why did this answer get down- and delete-voted?

Here is the answer at hand: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/a/329219/243450
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1answer
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Should I answer a question which belongs on Stack Overflow?

I always believed that there is an important distinction between off-topic questions which are... well, “plain off-topic”, and the ones which are off-topic because they simply belong on a different SE ...
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0answers
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What to do when the best answer doesn't solve the question

I have a peculiar situation. I asked this question and someone answered the question well by saying that the implementation I was planning on using is more of an anti-pattern as it is not addressing ...
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0answers
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Answer to a specific question and a very broad question

I was composing an answer to Can I distribute a GPL executable (not a library) in a closed-source application? when I discovered it has been closed as a duplicate of Can I use GPL, LGPL, MPL licensed ...
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1answer
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Are incomplete answers okay?

Coming up on this discussion - https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/a/271585/53263 Because I'm trying to avoid this problem - Are answers being posted as comments? My answer is reproduced ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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Why didn't auto-protection kick in in this question?

Per my reading of the timeline, this question has got 3 answers in 24 hours from new users (i.e. users who earned less than 10 reputation on the site, excluding any association bonuses): https://...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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Top answers duplicated on community wiki question

The two most-upvoted answers on this question are identical: Should curly braces appear on their own line? It seems like a bug... surely the exact same answer would not have been upvoted so much twice....
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1answer
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Is it possible for moderators to move answers from one question to another?

I've just been reading this question: How can a single developer make use of Agile Methods?. And after refreshing, I saw it was closed for being a duplicate to Agile for the Solo Developer. I don't ...
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1answer
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Why always answers of users who have the maximum reputation in a question accepted and voted up?

Even my answer is more helpful, users upvote an answer which is written by a user who has the maximum reputation and owner of the question accepts that answer. On the other hand, a downvoted answer ...
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3answers
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Is it against policy here to answer questions of a legal nature unless you're a lawyer?

I answered a legal question, with the usual disclaimer about not being a lawyer. My answer was not only down-voted for this, but, when I tried to discuss why it was down-voted, my comments were ...
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4answers
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Is it appropriate to copy-paste an answer when it matches both questions, but those questions are not an exact duplicate?

It was suggested to me to copy-paste my answer to another question which I marked as duplicate, but which looks larger than the original question. I was totally against this technique: duplicating an ...
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3answers
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The ethics of answering homework questions

It is tempting for students to ask their homework questions here, and it is equally tempting for people that know the answer to chip in with their answers. What are the ethics of this practice? (I ...
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3answers
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What's the upper character limit for a post's size? (and implement a warning system for it)

I seem to have reached this limit while editing my answer to: I've inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code -- what now? This is a bit frustrating, as the editor didn't warn me, so I typed away ...
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3answers
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Accepting answers too fast

In my opinion, most new users who post their first question generally fall into one of two categories: People who post the question, get an answer they like, then ignore the site whatsoever. This is ...
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0answers
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Are answers to homework questions acceptable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can Programmers.SE be used to assist students with class assignments? The question How to solve this problem without the use of if-else statements? was recently asked. And ...
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1answer
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In what order do answers appear?

When I answer a question, it appears near the bottom among the 0 votes answers (because it is new). However, it does not appear at the very bottom, nor are the 0 vote answers ordered by reputation. ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Why is the answer order randomized?

I think the new system of randomizing the answers regardless of Votes is Flawed. It appears that users are (most likely unintentionally) abusing this. Simply re-word the current best answer and you ...
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3answers
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Is profanity allowed in answers or questions?

I have never seen anyone swear in a question or an answer, but I haven't seen any rules regarding profanity either. I'm just wondering: is there some sort of regulation against profanity, or is it ...
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3answers
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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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4answers
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Should a joking answer be deleted (or was it not aparent this was a joke)?

The original question was: I'm currently trying to decide what server-side language to learn and use for web development, and while it's relatively easy to get information on why x, y, or z ...
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12answers
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Why are people still mass upvoting non-answers?

I'm sorry to flog a dead horse, but I'm honestly disgusted by the conduct in the Programming Tourism question. I want to be clear about this. I would never do the kind of thing he's proposing. I'd ...
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11answers
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Peer Pressure in Voting?

"Oh! this answer has highest votes it must be good bling upvote!!". The kind of votes that keep getting added to the most catchy answer because it has high votes already. A kind of peer pressure ...
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5answers
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Do some users delete their low-voted answers? Is this ok?

While running some Data Explorer queries, I noticed a user who has no answers with less than 2 votes (more than 100 total). As I don't yet have 10k I can't view the deleted posts, but I am assuming ...
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5answers
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How to discourage crowd-pleasing non-answers?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3st-Hai1y54 A lot of good and fairly specific questions on P.SE end up getting answers that are witty, abstract, agreeable and popular -- but have no substance, and don'...
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5answers
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Should LMGTFY be banned?

On StackOverflow, lmgtfy.com is banned by a word filter, because it's insulting and because it's not in keeping with the goals of the site which is to be a encyclopedia of sorts of answers to common ...
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4answers
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What's the etiquette for repeat answers?

Just wondering but I've seen it happen a number of times, but when answers get blatantly obvious duplicate/repeat answers from multiple people. Now, I normally just upvote the first person if the ...
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6answers
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Answers that irritate me.

I dont know if this is a question but to me it seems wrong that these answers exist. Take this question Is anything in programming truly evil? . Currently there is 35 answers and i counted about 7 ...
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2answers
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How to encourage thoughtful answers to complex questions?

Many questions on Programmers.SE are complex, behavior related and subjective ("My team lead is a psycho", "How to best teach coding", "Meetings in agile" etc). The nuances and depth of the questions ...
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1answer
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Sort answers by oldest

Maybe I am going senile, but I had answers sorted by "oldest" and now it says "newest". Was this ever an option, or did I just dream it one night?
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1answer
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Lost answers (during server migration?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Question I asked dissappeared A couple of answers and comments that I wrote a few hours ago have mysteriously disappeared from the site. Does this have anything to do with the ...
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Should the point distribution system be changed to encourage discussion, not answering?

Relating to "why should anyone accept an answer", why not alter the point allocation system in a way that encourages discussion, thought provoking questions, or something along those lines? It could ...
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2answers
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Polling as a measure to prevent answer flood.

Here is an example (speculative) of the question: What IDE do you like. So, shortly we'd see something like: 'VS6 blah-blah..' x500 'blah-blamm VS2010..' x100 'bzzzz Eclipse..' x1000 'vim is cool!' ...
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1answer
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Should each point be posted in a separate answer?

This is an issue in a lot of subjective questions but is relevant particularly here. Should people post large answers with lots of points or post each one in a separate answer?
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Why would anyone accept an answer?

I'm looking at the questions proposed during the Area 51 process: My supervisor thinks that all If statements should include else statements. Do you agree? What are common mistakes in Software ...