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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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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 ...
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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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Posting large swaths of Wikipedia as answers

I know Wikipedia has the answers to a lot of the questions posed here, but I've been seeing a lot of answers by people just posting large paragraphs from there or say, on a Star Trek question, from ...
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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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Bring the content here

Recently, whenever I found a good SFF answer I wanted to share, I realized that I might as well just share what it linked to because there was no actual content on the page. Take Explanation of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...