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Are answers that state "We Don't Know" acceptable?

Yes. For many questions, "we don't know" is the correct answer - it would be beyond foolish to seek to ban such answers. Of course, a plain "we don't know" without saying anything more than those ...
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Are analogies acceptable as answers?

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 ...
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Answers that count religious texts as fiction

There're a few things to consider here: Offensive content should be flagged to the moderators. If it's obviously offensive or you, yourself find it offensive then please flag it as such. This is the ...
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Upvoting 'funny' answers

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 ...
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Should Cursed Child answers be given to Harry Potter questions?

Information from new works should be used to answer old questions Normally this is where I would discuss why I think that's true, but I'm at a loss for what to write; it seems so completely obvious ...
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Are analogies acceptable as answers?

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 ...
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Am I misusing the "Not An Answer" flag?

The Not An Answer flag has nothing to do with whether the answer answers the question. It has to do with whether the answer is an answer. That is, was the person posting it at least trying to answer ...
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Time for a clear consensus on Wookieepedia

Like all Wikis (and indeed fansites and blogs), if someone cites wookieepedia as if it's a primary source, you should feel free to use the comments and, if needs be, the downvote button to express ...
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Quoting personal insider knowledge of production for an answer

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 ...
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Should the people be allowed to both edit and answer a question?

Yes, they should be allowed to answer as everyone else is. What you propose seems a highly detrimental solution to a problem that I'm not even sure exists to begin with. Whenever an edit ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

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 ...
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Is it considered fair to recommend that people upvote an answer if they feel it is worth it?

Absolutely you can. If you feel that your answer is a good 'un, you should feel free to ask other users (in chat or comments) to upvote it. You should, however, be aware that historically, asking ...
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Why are so many questions unnecessarily answered with lists? And how to prevent it?

Answers are not just for the original questioner If you are asking a question, you are certainly free to say that you prefer brief, concise answers. You can reward brief, concise answers with up ...
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How should old, highly voted answers that do not meet our standards be handled?

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 ...
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Quoting personal insider knowledge of production for an answer

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, ...
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What to do when Very Low Quality flags are not available?

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 ...
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Answering questions with blatant fanon: What's our policy?

Questions are about canon unless specified otherwise (or when restricting to canon would be nonsensical, such as out-of-universe questions). Such answers should be downvoted as irrelevant. Questions ...
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Why do I have to do captchas while logged in?

Being a high-rep, logged-in user doesn't automatically solve the problems CAPTCHA is aiming to solve. Although it certainly means you weren't intended to be a spambot, it doesn't preclude you from ...
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Answers sorted by votes and acceptance

It's because the answer on the second question was self-accepted. In this case, acceptance doesn’t trump votes. Quoting from Meta.se, How does accepting an answer work?: If you accept: someone else'...
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What question has the most deleted answers?

Technically it's a tie between two deleted questions (10k+ only): What are some good SF books by authors not generally known for science fiction? What works feature humans gaining immortality and ...
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Why are so many questions unnecessarily answered with lists? And how to prevent it?

It is not a list, it is research! By showing why you came to a conclusion, through the exploration of different avenues, is the way great answers are built. The "list" reduces comments saying "Hey ...
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Why was my answer downvoted?

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/...
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Who has answered the most questions?

A (very) slight improvement over KutuluMike's answer: Users who have answered the most distinct questions To nobody's great surprise, it's still Valorum, with DVK trailing by a wide margin Usual ...
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Why are so many questions unnecessarily answered with lists? And how to prevent it?

Why list answers are provided People like lists This is an easy thing to understand, as far as formatting is concerned, lists provide an easy way to: Break up your sentence and paragraph structures ...
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Answers that count religious texts as fiction

Treating religious texts as fiction is a surefire way to start wars. Let's not do that. Also, it does not adhere to the "be nice" policy of Stack Exchange. Answers that treat religious works as ...
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Who has answered the most questions?

As usual you can use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer for this. Taking the query Mithrandir used in your first question, we can just change "questions" for "answers" and get: Who Posted The Most ...
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Should we make this answer Community Wiki?

My gut instinct is to say no, for the simple reason that the OP didn't just post a list of the current films and then abandon it. Since it was posted, they've made an additional 14 edits with their ...
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Is it acceptable for the community to use an answer as Community wiki when it is not marked as such?

This answer should be marked as community wiki or another one should be posted as such in its place. The thing is general practice with these sorts of posts in the past has been to post an initial ...
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What to do when Very Low Quality flags are not available?

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 ...
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What are the guidelines for marking an answer as community wiki?

The answer to the question "Should I make this post Community Wiki" is nearly always going to be "No". No answer must be community wiki The Community Wiki feature is a tool to ...
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Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible