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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 three words would probably make for a bad answer, just like any other unsupported three-word answer. Here are some ideas I once came up with for possible ways to ...


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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 flag option to select: Things I would flag as this is explicitly saying that a religion is fictional. Subtly implying it as such is not for instance offensive ...


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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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What @luser said in their answer is a very frequent use case. There are a couple others as well: Some of us feel that an answer ideally should include references, preferably to original material, when possible. When you know what the answer should be, but can't back it up with a quote ATM, you post as a comment instead (I've done that). A second use case is ...


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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 to me, and is what we've been doing on this site since basically forever. Even in the Harry Potter canon, a bunch of old questions get new (or updated) answers ...


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I've seen the same thing and I suspect the sleuth in question simply doesn't feel their information to be substantial enough to occupy that big answer box. But he or she offers the clue in the hope that it may assist a potential answerer who can "fill it out." I've done this. Or it may be a lack of certainty in the answer. Just not sure enough. If it's ...


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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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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 the question, even if they got it completely wrong. In general, the following things do not fall under the NAA flag, because they all represent a ...


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Completely changing its meaning, I think, would definitely call for posting a second answer. Even though people can change their votes after an edit, most of them are unlikely to go back and do so since you don't get a notification for that. Votes would then be pretty much based on the old version of the answer, and not reflect its current state. Pretty ...


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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 that real primary sources (such as book or film quotes, for example) are strongly preferred around these parts. Part of the problem is that a lot of users are ...


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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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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 significantly changes the nature of a question, that is the problem to be adressed, no matter who made that edit or if it already has answers. But I doubt that really ...


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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 for upvotes in chat or comments has often led to downvotes being cast, I suspect because people find it funny or simply dislike people begging for votes. The ...


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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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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 votes and by accepting one of them as the answer. You can even down vote answers that you think are too lengthy (although I don't recommend that), but you can't ...


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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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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 do not implicitly require canon answers. But they are still about canonical things (or if there is no canon, those things which are in some sense "official" ...


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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 becoming one; what if some malware got onto your computer and hijacked your account info? Personally, I'm of the opinion that high-rep users should have more ...


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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's answer: You get +2 rep and the author of the accepted answer gets +15 rep. your own answer: There is no reputation awarded and the answer does not float to ...


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None. No proof is necessary to prove someone's identity. Why? Because what proof could they offer? Really, the only "proof" would be them posting a photo of them holding up a handwritten sign saying "I am user123294 on scifi.se!", and that only works if there are publicised photos of the person in question (which is hardly a safe assumption, ...


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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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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 its effects? Both of which have 24 deleted answers. But something tells me that isn't what you meant, so: Non-deleted questions with most deleted answers ...


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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 what about this other guy/thing/piece of information". A true expert in a work/universe will generally know where to find different examples that fit a question ...


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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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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 SEDE disclaimers apply: Deleted questions/answers are not accounted for SEDE updates weekly, so this result is a few days out-of-date. Seems unlikely that the ...


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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 Make explicit the point you're talking about Make additional points which might not be specifically related to the question Summarise points made This makes ...


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