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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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://...