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How do I decide whether to post an answer I'm unsure of?

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 ...
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Should I answer a question which belongs on Stack Overflow?

Ultimately, the goal is to get off-topic questions off the front page as quickly as possible, so that they don't provide encouragement for other people to ask their off-topic questions. Migration is ...
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Unclear question is clarified in comment, later comment is deleted and contradictory clarification added to question

Before editing the question, I would probably edit the answer, and explain why it answers a slightly different question than the one which was asked (refering to the deleted comment and the edit). It ...
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Unclear question is clarified in comment, later comment is deleted and contradictory clarification added to question

This is a tough one. One option would be to edit the question after getting the clarification in a comment. You can even use the edit description to note that the clarification edits were derived from ...
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How to determine which answer is most correct

It is completely up to you to which answer you give your mark, just pick the one which suits you best, the one of which you think it will help the community most, or the one you like most - noone else ...
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How many people are answering questions?

There are no per-site dashboards or tools that expose this information. This seems like something you could get from the Data Explorer. I haven't looked, but perhaps someone wrote a query that can be ...
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Why did this answer get down- and delete-voted?

Stack Exchange is not a traditional forum. We expect that questions contain a question and answers contain answers to that question. If you need to add more information to a question, the post should ...
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Avoid using ChatGPT or other AI-powered solutions to generate answers to questions on Software Engineering

I fully agree to this policy. However, I was wondering if there is still potential for a system like ChatGPT to become useful for this site or other Stack Exchange sites without breaking the rules. So ...
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