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Am I misusing the “Not An Answer” flag?

I have had about a dozen Not An Answer flags on this site disputed or declined. In most if not all of those cases I thought that it was pretty straightforward why the post was not an answer, and in ...
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Why was my answer downvoted?

I posted an answer here to a... not-so-great question. Why was it downvoted? The answer I gave was unarguably the best possible answer for that question. Are the people who didn't like the question ...
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Is it acceptable for the community to use an answer as Community wiki when it is not marked as such?

Specifically I am talking about this question, the answer to which is getting a lot of suggested edits from new users along with some from veteran users. The question's nature is kind of too-broad (...
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Is 'It was never mentioned/explained' a valid answer? [duplicate]

Fans will often be curious or even obsess over tiny details and minutiae that the creators of whatever we are fan of never gave an explanation to, whether it was in-universe or out-of-universe, for ...
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Is there any way to see all my answers quoted by some other users?

Recently I saw an answer from another user where they had quoted one of my answers within theirs. It felt nice. So that had me wondering, is there any way to see all my answers that are quoted ...
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Community action regarding questions and their answers

This can be regarded as related to other questions that have been posted regarding this topic; to include: What can I do when a question has an old, accepted, and +25 voted **100% incorrect answer** ...
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Why are so many questions unnecessarily answered with lists? And how to prevent it?

I noticed that this site is a bit fanatical about big lists. Not that this is a problem per se, but I don't understand why basically every sort of question is considered answerable with an ...
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Are analogies acceptable as answers?

I recently had an NAA flag declined and was given the following reason: declined - It answers the question using an argument by analogy Are analogies really acceptable as answers, particularly ...
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Are answers that state “We Don't Know” acceptable?

I know there have been some posts that already state that providing an answer of "We Don't Know" can be acceptable provided that the answer still follows the site guidelines of a good answer (i.e. ...
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Should we undelete this answer about Jedi rank logos?

I saw the question pop up recently, and one answer in particular drew my attention. It was a terrible answer at first, but it turned out that its poster was on the right track, and after a few edits ...
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When should 20kers vote to delete an answer? [duplicate]

After a discussion with @Adamant in chat today, I realized that we're not very clear on exactly when to vote to delete an answer (or at least I'm not clear). The privilege page for 20k gives these ...
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Should we make this answer Community Wiki?

Is there an official Marvel Cinematic Universe viewing order? This answer is an ever-growing list which looks good for community wiki thing. Other users update the answer time to time (when new MCU ...
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Should the people be allowed to both edit and answer a question?

I have seen many questions where a user edits the question and then answers it. Yes they may edit the phrasing or some names, but there are instances where the edit changes the meaning of the question ...
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Is it considered fair to recommend that people upvote an answer if they feel it is worth it?

I have been after the elusive Populist badge for a long time. It has been almost a year now and it still remains elusive as the candidate answer is shy of one vote and I am getting desperate. While I ...
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What to do about an answer to a later question that answers an earlier questions

In response to my recent answer to the Dark Lord's latest Harry Potter question, which was accepted, the asker commented thusly: This answers both questions really. If I could accept it as an ...
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Should we accept “Word of God” type answers from users claiming to be Authors/Producers of a franchise? [duplicate]

I noticed an answer where a person claimed to be Writer and Director of a franchise. If the answer had provided canon evidence, then of course it would have been a good answer regardless to who the ...
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Why was this flag on a post that doesn't answer the question disputed?

I have recently flagged this post as not an answer. While it does feature clear reasoning and fair amount of knowledge, I was unable to detect an answer to the original question. Why was my flag ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

The answer in question consists of a wall of texts which, to my inspection, does not contain an answer to the original question. I flagged it as not an answer, yet my flag was disputed. So my ...
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Who has answered the most questions?

I asked who has asked the most questions, but who has answered the most questions?
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What question has the most deleted answers?

I noticed that the question Is Amy Pond Clara's grandmother? has a staggering eight deleted answers. Do any of the site's questions have more than that?
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How should old, highly voted answers that do not meet our standards be handled?

SFF.SE has been around for a while now; it has grown and matured along the way. We seek to provide quality answers to quality questions. All this material is kept preserved for all to see now and in ...
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What are the guidelines for marking an answer as community wiki?

The title is pretty self-explanatory. My interest was triggered by this post; although the OP accepted my answer, I feel like it could be greatly improved by adding other examples, simply because it ...
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Quoting personal insider knowledge of production for an answer

I got this answer where the answerer says they have a friend who works on the production of a show. Based on a scene that was allegedly included in the production, the answerer hints at an answer. If ...
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Should Cursed Child answers be given to Harry Potter questions?

The Cursed Child play and accompanying script book are coming out now, and the story is considered canon. However, new canon information to older questions about the original Harry Potter series? ...
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Why was my flag “not an answer” declined?

not an answer This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether. There have been a ...
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What to do when Very Low Quality flags are not available?

Recently, the Very Low Quality (VLQ) flag underwent a major change. It is now no longer available on answers older than 7 days, as described here. There are many answers much more than a week old ...
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What's the best course of action for my Hogwarts question?

My question ("What changes have been made to Hogwarts throughout the series?") asks for some details from the movies about the changes in Hogwarts castle from film to film. What's the best way to ...
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Is it on-topic to give religious texts as answer for “first appearance” [duplicate]

I've read the metas concerning religious texts and concluded that it would be fine to use them as answers if one does not claim they are fiction. Is that correct? Context: In this question I've ...
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1 point for upvote on answer? [duplicate]

I just got an upvote on an answer. In my reputation tab and in my total rep, it says I got 1 point for it. How is that possible? Is it a bug? It might be interesting that I did downvote an answer ...
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Answers that count religious texts as fiction

I understand that questions based on counting religious texts as fiction are off topic here. What about answers (such as this one) which count a religious text (in this case the Bible) as fiction? I ...
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Why was this flag rejected?

For my question "How many people each do Batman and Superman kill in BVS: Dawn of Justice?," this answer was posted. This answer does not answer my question. I asked how many people Batman and ...
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Answering questions with blatant fanon: What's our policy? [duplicate]

Occasionally, particularly in Harry Potter questions, I see people give answers which cite fan fiction instead of canon, in response to questions that aren't specifically about that fanfic. We see a ...
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Time for a clear consensus on Wookieepedia

It seems to be widely accepted that Wookieepedia is not an acceptable primary source of information, but I think it would be helpful to have a go-to verdict that says so for easy reference. What is ...
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Why do I have to do captchas while logged in?

A few days ago, I tried to submit an answer and was surprised when a captcha popup appeared, requiring me to tick an "I'm not a robot" box and possibly pick out some pictures before continuing. Why ...
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Answers sorted by votes and acceptance

When I view the answers to this question, sorted by votes, the accepted answer appears at the top, although it has only 14 votes, and the other answer has 24. Fine, that's what I expected, acceptance ...
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Upvoting 'funny' answers

I recently downvoted this highly upvoted answer to a currently very popular question. The answer was written well, and offered an interesting perspective, but I felt it was not very useful to the ...
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How should link only answers be flagged here?

When I see answers that are nothing more than "see this link for the answer" I usually write a comment saying that they need to actually answer the question here because link only answers aren't ...
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How to handle a question with multiple answers, each right in their own way

I was working on Where is the Emperor in New Hope? and we have three really good answers (well 2 good ones and then mine) that all answer the question in different ways. The best answer would be a ...
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Should posting actual references that were mentioned in a prior answer be an edit or a new answer?

Situation: Question already has an old answer, in the form: {Wikia X} says that {XYZ fact} is true, based on {ABC detail} in {QWE} source. For example: According to Wookiepedia, this name is ...
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What kind of proof is necessary when someone claims to be one of the creators of some work?

I'm asking this because of this answer to How did Gordon Freeman survive the entire storyline without a helmet?. The author claims to be one of the creators of the game. He has no other answers or ...
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Can I change my answer completely?

Suppose I answer a question based on my limited knowledge of that topic (which I know that I should not do, but just assume that somehow stupidly I do it.) Later I research about the topic and ...
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Inbox shows more answers than were posted

In my inbox, it says there are 2 answers to this question, but when I go to the question, there's only one answer: I'd guess this is a quirk of the 5 minute grace period, where instead of a user ...
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Should I edit an answer with misinformation or just write a new answer?

My question has received one answer with misinformation in it. I have spent a bit of time doing my own research, and have come to same conclusion as the answer, but I can't bring myself to accept the ...
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Answering Questions with a Comment

When answering a question, I've noticed that sometimes a sleuth will answer in the comment section with a complete answer, as opposed to with a formal answer. Are there any reasons to do this, and ...
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What to do when a question has been answered but the asker forgot to “accept it”?

Why did Dumbledore tell Harry there were 6 Horcruxes when he already knew Harry was a horcrux? DVK's answer is correct. The asker even commented thanking DVK. We all know it is the answer. But the ...
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Extra text below the comments, how do you do this?

In this question I see there's an extra paragraph of text after the end of the comments, the bit that starts "We're looking for long answers..." It's not part of the markdown of the question itself, ...
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How do I vote on story identification questions/answers?

Most story identification questions are easy to vote on, if you think it's well written, not obvious and deserving of an answer it probably deserves an upvote. The answers however are much harder for ...
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Annotation repositories

How do we deal with lists of interesting information about a work (called “annotations” in the Pratchett fan community), such as Which of the items and monsters were references? This question is ...
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What is the protocol for editing the tagged answer to include valuable details from other answers?

I thought for sure I'd read a question here on Meta that addressed this already, but I couldn't find it again. In this question I answered one part of the question, however there was a second part ...
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Usefulness of “Plot hole” answers/comments

I'm seeing a lot of movie/TV questions being answered with comments or answers saying, "Bad writing" or "It was a plot hole the writers forgot about". How useful are these answers? They don't provide ...