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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 ...


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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 ...


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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'...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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


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(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. ...


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