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In short, your entire contribution has been either inappropriate or off-topic. Of the six answer you've posted, 4 have already been flagged as comments and the remaining two have been flagged for deletion at least once and have attracted a downvote apiece. Simply put, this site isn't intended for discussion, it's intended for Q+A. Literally the first line ...


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While Stack Exchange sites offer guidance for what we consider good questions and good answers, they very specifically do not have rules for what justifies up-votes or down-votes. It has always been policy, (AFAIK on every site) that you up-vote answers you "think are good", and that means whatever you want it to mean. So, while you may be correct that the ...


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Of course. An argument by analogy is a perfectly good example of a reasonable argument which can be used to support a point. If someone asks why X happens in a work of sci-fi or fantasy, it may well make perfect sense to explain it by pointing to known reasons why X' happens in the real world and extrapolating from that analogous situation. Here are some ...


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A poor attempt at an answer is still an answer The bar for what constitutes "an answer" is extremely low. From what you say, the user was attempting to answer the question, which is more than enough for a "Not an answer" flag to be declined. If you believe it is a bad answer, it is certainly a good idea to down vote it.


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This site is not about speculation and reasoning. It is about "expert answers". Sometimes those expert answers can be based off of speculation and reasoning, though. Generally, answers that cite source materials (quotations, author interviews, etc.) tend to do much better than answers that are pure speculation, but there are some questions that can't be ...


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The very short answer is yes, it's perfectly acceptable to claim to have personal or insider knowledge, although you may wish to cast your upvotes and downvotes according to how credible you consider the poster and how useful you find their answer. In this instance this individual has no prior rep and is using what appears to be a throwaway account to post ...


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To get an updated answer There's a bounty reason for that: To get the OP to review acceptance There's no certain or by-design way of doing this. Just ping them in a comment (assuming they're still an active user and likely to see your ping, which in this case the OP is). Alternatively, if there's already an accepted answer and not a new answer reflecting ...


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Arguably this lump of text "if like I said elves have dominant traits that would have a higher chance to pass through each generation instead of the human ones then technically Aragon would still be more elf." answers the question asked. 'Not an answer' only really applies to answers that have little or no bearing on the question asked, for ...


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Q. Is it an answer? Yes. Is it a good answer? No. Why is it a bad answer? Because it's a bunch of unsourced assumptions, that's why; which is no longer able to maintain the cohesion necessary to project his 'Eye-Form' into our dimension Says who? it is assumed he fell the remaining 1.5k (5,000ft) to his death. "Assumed" by who? This was ...


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Is it allowed? Yes. There is no requirement that answers be backed up by verifiable sources, quotations, or anything else. Answers that are impossible to understand, do not even address the question, or have other serious issues may be deleted, but mere lack of sources is not sufficient. Is it a good answer? Ideally, an answer should be backed up by ...


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This is an interesting question. Unless stated otherwise, I would utilize multiple canon sources to answer a question, but judiciously. For example, if I were answering a Harry Potter question, I would definitely use all the books, any direct information from the author, and information from (more) reliable websites, such as the HP Lexicon or Pottermore. I ...


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Should we flag as Not An Answer? Presumably this is a bad idea if the answer attempts to answer the question. Indeed: NaA flags should be reserved for actual non-answers. (For more information, see Your answer is in another castle: when is an answer not an answer? on main meta. It has an explanatory picture at the end which is elaborated upon in this meta....


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In general, if you see an answer that is obviously bad, treat it like any other answer. If it's not an answer, flag it. If it's a bad/incorrect/poorly researched answer, downvote it. Whatever you would do if the answer was newly posted, just do that -- with one caveat. There is a mechanism available to specifically deal with very old questions that used to, ...


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I'm one of the downvoters here, both on the question and the answer. NB, obviously the whole explanation below only engages me. I'm not speaking for the other voters, who may have other reasons to up/downvote. I downvoted the question because it was too broad (and voted to close as such). I downvoted the answer because I felt it was not helpful. Not ...


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Are you sure you can't unaccept the currently accepted answer? According to main meta's canonical guidance: You may change which answer is accepted, or simply un-accept the answer, at any time. If this is wrong or outdated and you really can't unaccept, then (at a wild guess) maybe editing your question or the accepted answer would allow you to unaccept ...


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No, do not do this! Doing anything to “trick” the system to do something you otherwise wouldn’t be able to do is always a big no no. Adding to that voting in this manner should be certainly frowned upon and is very likely against the rules. The best course of action is to either: Flag it for mod attention and explain that it is a duplicate but can’t be ...


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I was kind of on the fence on this one. Translation conventions aside, it is entirely possible that another culture could count differently. Maybe it's unlucky to sound off sequentially, for example. But yeah, it was posted as a joke, and I personally downvoted it as such.


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Here is the wonderful thing about Stack Exchange sites. You can receive multiple answers! In cases like this where there is ambiguity and uncertainty about which sources are being asked about, there can exist multiple answers. For example, say we have a Green Lantern question which, as far as the question goes, could be about the comic books, the movie, ...


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In the course of analysing flags, we've discovered that "Very-Low Quality" means wildly different things to different people. The flag is intended for unsalvagable posts such as: woop woop woop woop woop woop woop woop woop! For reference (since they are deleted), the answers called out in the question are: I think when hermione cast the spell on her ...


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Both of your answers are about how you feel and your opinion. This site isn't for discussion or opinions; it's for verifiable factual answers. I wouldn't have banned you for it, and I don't know if you've been banned, but they're very low-quality answers for this site.


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Voting is subjective so we can't discourage upvotes. The best thing for you to do is downvote to discourage such "funny" answers. As for the concern about the answer not being useful to the asker, that's for the asker to decide. The asker has the option to accept a different answer that is more helpful, and that answer would float to the top even if it isn'...


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As with most unilateral actions from SE, this one seems to have taken the community a little by surprise. Parsing out Shog's advice gives you three options; Editing to fix the problems or simply downvoting will suffice. Their greatest flaws tend to be in not actually answering the question, for which there exists another flag A flag doesn't ...


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For a specific example on how to deal with a specific issue (extra paragraphs that aren't relevant) see here: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/22539/976 - I added a comment stating my suggested edits: I would suggest deleting all bullets except #5. That one answers the Q perfectly and the others don't really apply at all. And simply emphacise "4 balls" ...


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Usually, I wouldn't think twice. I've done similar edits. However, since you've already asked the answerer to do it, I would wait a while to give them the opportunity to do so.


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Evidence-based questions should be answered in extremely good faith (for me, this means facts from Harry Potter canon or fact-based conclusions made within the spirit of canon) and should provide factual considerations for the OP to apply to his/her question, to then discern whether or not the question can be considered answered. Some questions simply ...


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I'm assuming your flag was disputed because the answer directly addresses the question asked, noting that the one of the key reasons for the rebellion was to secure vengeance for the death of Eddard Stark.


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I feel it's acceptable (as in that it should be allowed), but should be highly discouraged, possibly even downvoted for not being particularly useful. These answers point towards the "correct" answer, even if it does not provide all the details a good answer might. When "low-quality" answers pop up in the review queue, I only flag/vote to delete if the ...


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Post quality seems to be defined according to the criteria in this main meta post: Heuristics for detecting a bad answer? Word checks contains word "help" contains word "test" or "testing" contains word "thanks", "thx", "cheers", "great" contains word "bump" contains word "...


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