19

There is no clear-cut "do this or that" anwer to your question. It depends on the specific question, your idea to answer it, your degree of uncertainty about the idea, if the idea can be scetched in two sentences in a comment (or not), and how much you care for your score. Some general recommendations: if you are unsure about the correctness of something ...


15

Most of the "hot" questions with a large number of views have been advertised on social sites outside of SE (reddit, hackernews, etc), so the majority of the views come from Non-Programmers.SE or Non-StackExchange users. Often these users don't know about SE rules or guidelines for answers, and think they can add something to the "discussion" by posting ...


12

I've noticed the same thing. Part of me wonders if it's a problem with the tool. The way I see it, if a question is closed, then its answers are equally suspect. I don't think the review tool should display answers to closed questions for review. If a question is edited sufficiently to warrant reopening and I was going to mod-reopen it in response to a flag,...


9

The goal of closing a question is to suspend answer activity until such point that the question can either be improved through an edit or eventually deleted. Even if the question were to be closed, then it is still appropriate in my opinion for others to flag answers that require moderator attention. If it becomes reopened then those bad answers will still ...


8

When we (users with enough reputation) protect questions, the standard text talks about "low quality answers", and it's a frequent thing that is done with very old questions which are resurrected to the front page either due to a new answer (like yours in this case) or because the question was linked offsite. These scenarios tend to lead to many low-rep ...


6

I wish the low quality post review tool offered that ability to have close/delete question options for low quality answers, because many times I find the question is useless garbage and removing the whole thing will kill two birds with one stone.


6

Downvote the ones you don't like. You can't flag them as "Not an Answer" because they really are answers, just not very good ones. They're not spam and they're not offensive, so you can't flag them as that. To flag them with a custom explanation, you'd have to be compelling enough to convince a mod that the answers are actively harming the site, and I don'...


4

After analyzing the data, I'm not convinced raising the sensitivity of the current filters will do much good on Programmers: The "quality" checks were designed for sites like Stack Overflow which attract a lot of short, very poorly written questions. Of the examples you gave, only 1 would currently be blocked on Stack Overflow - and that's with the recently-...


3

I don't think that pure citational answers are a good idea, because of legal reasons (but IANAL): All user contributions on Stack Exchange sites are licensed under CC-BY-SA (see the footer of this page). An user can only grant a license to content he created himself. I don't think that simply copying and pasting a few paragraphs of text and applying some ...


3

Most likely reason for the issues with answers quality is a particular bug in a hotness formula ("fake popularity"). This bug causes some of the questions with many answers to be placed unreasonably close to the top of the collider. Issues caused by this are explained in details in a post about particularly troublesome ("sticky") kind of questions affected ...


2

The code doesn't really answer the asker's question or add value, IMO. A similar question has been asked on MSO here. Generally on SO I see a lot of "code only" answers get down-voted and/or deleted. The original question is more about "why" and "is this correct" rather than a "I need the code to do this".


2

If you can't find any evidence that the poster is still active on the site (recent posts/votes etc.) then there would seem to be little point in commenting as they are unlikely to see the comment and act on it. Similarly with down-votes. However, in both cases you aren't just telling the poster that this is bad answer but future visitors as well, so a ...


2

Per my reading of this answer written by SE developer, downvotes increase chances of the post getting into Low Quality queue: approach to low-quality auto-flagging, by looking for similarities in posts downvoted or flagged as low quality... It is worth noting that per mentioned answer, upvotes tend to have an opposite effect: referenced post got 2 ...


2

Since all three questions you cited as examples were posted by the same person, and were all heavily downvoted and deleted, it's likely that this user is question-banned, and the problem has already solved itself. The quality filters are not a panacea. All they do is look for textual patterns that are highly predictive of question failure. In that sense, ...


2

I know that in my early mod days I liked to give people a chance to improve or expand on their one line answers and sometimes some of them would slip through the cracks. I stopped doing this because I literally couldn't keep track of the tsunami deluge of low quality answers anymore. The second reason I stopped doing this for the most part is because ...


2

Statements like the one you highlighted are like adding "as a programmer" to a question. Its a weasel way to make a bad question attempt to be a borderline or good question. Everyone is going to pretend that part isn't there in most every case just like what happened. This question isn't a good question here, its a do research for me question which is a ...


2

I liked that question when I first read it (because generally I like it when people look for evidence instead of opinions), but the more I think about it, the question seems too broad. The question should have narrowed the scope. "Advantageous and disadvantages" is a broad fishing expedition. Asking about affects on productivity, employee satisfaction, or ...


2

I just deleted all answers that were not positive scoring (<= 0). I'm debating historical locking it, but I don't think it meets all the criteria for a historical lock. I do wish that there was a "popular, but we don't need to beat a dead horse" lock or a stronger form of question protection.


1

As an example, here are some ideas of what can be considered: When there are many answers already, let users compare draft of their post against prior answers. This would make it naturally harder to add yet another answer as their amount increases (note how this isn't limited to low rep users, as opposed to protection). This would also help responsible ...


1

If the citation provides an actual answer to the question, then why not. Whenever you use a citation, you should use the normal rules for them: Make it clear to the reader that you are citing some other source Provide a reference (or link in case of a resource on the web) where you got the citation from, so the readers can look at the quote in context. And ...


1

There's no way to do this via SEDE, so comparing data dumps is pretty much your only half-way sane option.


1

(warning: I own the top-voted answer on that question - don't think it matters, but just in case.) In my opinion, it's the sites' users responsibility to downvote answers that: do not answer the question directly, do not provide any added value (so as to push them away and reduce noise, and encourage their deletion by their owner), are of poor quality. ...


1

We should tighten up the quality filter if there is evidence it would help. I'd like some clarification of what Shog9 said, but it sounded to me like the algorithm they have isn't very predictive for this site. As soon as gnat finishes tuning his bayesian filter and submits the patch to SO we should do it. (Just kidding about the filter. As far as I know)...


1

This request has been warp driven to the following requests at MSO: In “network hot” questions formula, discard answers when voting evidence indicates that these are not good data points Reorder questions picked for hot list based on adjusted hotness score (discard some answers by voting evidence) Side note - this very answer has been used as a "buffer" to ...


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