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Questions tagged [answers]

This tag is for questions about answers: how to answer, whether specific answers are appropriate, and so forth.

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What to do with my obsolete / wrong answer?

I wrote an answer to this questions: Why are cambions unable to reproduce amongst each other? It received a lot of positive attention and showed signs (at first) of being a helpful answer. However, ...
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How to tell people answers must adhere strictly to the conditions of a question

Regarding this question: Restricting antimatter - practical rather than legal measures I've been processing a lot of answers tagged low-quality from this question and, though I could be wrong, I ...
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WB answers I can see in a film

Are there any answers here on worldbuilding.se that inspired the plot, an scene or dialogue of a film? I often see some answers here that would be nice to see in a film trailer in a year or two, so I ...
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Should we have a community-wiki list of graduated answers from the Answer Sandbox?

The title says it all: For the Answer Sandbox, there's no list of graduated answers (linked directly to the answers, not the questions.) While the Question Sandbox has a list of graduated answers, the ...
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Good answers to bad questions, a voting issue

I saw this question which I feel is a poor fit for the site and not about Worldbuilding and I down-voted it and VTC'd accordingly. It has since been put on hold but not before it attracted an answer ...
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What to do if your question gets downvotes for something irrelevant and answers that don't answer the question?

My most recent question asks what procedures would be undertaken after a large island is discovered and explored by scientists. The question has since recieved 2 downvotes, and neither of the ...
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The Problem Everyone Has and Everyone's Talking About

I think we have a problem that everyone's talking about. I don't know when the breaking point was: I'm new. But I've seen it over and over. A new user posts their first thread, an off-topic/POB/...
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Sandbox Question/Answers

Should we post questions we intend to answer ourselves on the Sandbox, and if so, should we post the answer we plan to write in as well? I'm asking this for a particular reason. A while ago I posted ...
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Ethics of answering your own question, even when you didn't think you would?

I've seen some posts where people answer their own questions, either because they've come up with a better answer or because they want to combine parts of all other answers to come up with one ...
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Pick 'n mix: How to fix

I have a dilemma I've seen, both in other people's posts and in mine. Lots of people come up with lots of great, different ideas for solutions to different parts of the problem. But since no one ...
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What to do when you receive unsatisfactory answers?

After waiting and receiving unsatisfactory answers (because everyone is misunderstanding what you're saying, even if you restate the important part several times) and not counting adding a bounty, ...
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What to do about near-duplicate answers from unregistered user(s)?

Is it feasible to have a literal ivory tower? At 9:42 the unregistered user bromey_jestman posted this answer: A literal ivory tower would be one to two meter tall, simply the tusk of the elephant ...
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Should ridiculous valid questions be answered or closed?

I've seen my fair share of ridiculous questions where it's obvious that the OP has no idea what they're talking about. Things like 'What would happen if you punch someone with a force of 172500 N?' ...
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How to handle answers that no longer reflect the edited question

I'm curious: how are we supposed to handle questions that have been changed such that older answers no longer reflect the questions being asked? In the context and spirit of this meta question what ...
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Can I have a “This isn't an answer, it's a story” flag?

We, the people of WorldbuildingSE, certainly are a bunch of folks that love their stories. We enjoy padding questions with bits of stories and make answers more easily to palate by mixing facts with ...
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Is a kitchen sink list of short unrelated answers “too broad”?

Similar to this question: The Issue with Multiple Answers, but instead of cherry-picking parts of the answers you agree/disagree with, I'm asking about an answer that is basically a kitchen sink list ...
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Checklist for the perfect answer - Idea refinement

We did have Checklist for the perfect post, but that's about questions. Then Should we have a “How to write the perfect answer?” discussion? was asked, but never got any significant amount of ...
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How to handle “cop out” answers

In the last few days I've seen several answers (from different users, on wildly different topics) that all basically say It's fiction - do whatever you like Now this is an answer to the question....
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How can this after-close answer exist?

I recently returned to my computer after a prolonged absence to note a message from the author of this question in response to my comment. While I was there, I noticed the question has been put on ...
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Should this answer be deleted?

The question itself is a bit problematic, and has votes to close. But the user voted an answer the "best" answer. Then the answer was edited to say "Delete this answer now" https://worldbuilding....
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No Youtube embedded videos here?

I tried to embed two YouTube videos in my answer, but they don't show. Don't these work here, or did I put in an invalid link?
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Is there an effort anywhere to collect related answers in an accessible way?

It would be really neat to have great answers related to the same type of worldbuilding setting gathered in the same place, sorted and easily accessed. You know, a collection of the best hand-picked ...
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Posting two answers in a question

Based on this question I posted my answer as two separate answers because both of them solve the question differently. However, in my not-so-kind mood, if I were not the poster, I would frown upon ...
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Please Don't answer and/or upvote “bad” questions (yet)

Exhibit 1 12th vs 21st century archers in a battle to death, who would survive? This is blatently off topic and anyone with some experience here would recognise that WB is not for random fiction ...
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Are answers posted in comments acceptable or not?

It happens every now and then that someone posts what is actually an answer as a comment to the question. That is, something that actually addresses the question being asked, perhaps succintly, but in ...
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How to link to specific answer or comment?

As the title. Sometimes I want to link to specific answer or comment, because the current question or comment will directly benefit from that particular answer or comment. For example: I saw a ...
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The issue with multiple answers

This is usually a sporadic issue, but today I found a question that really made me do something about it: World with a different sun every day, and random days with no sun The question per se is ...
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Hard-science answers. Are they always good?

I thought of this whilst reading Mithrandir's answer to this question*. I have seen a few like this and understand the temptation by those who know more to express this. However if the question has ...
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Ignoring questions' scopes

This is my first Meta question if there's any problem do let me know and I'll try to fix it ASAP. This is an issue I have encountered in my recent questions as well as others'. The "issue" — ...
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How best to suggest a comment be made into an answer?

This is a trend I've noticed more in 2017 than before, which is people posting information or points that could be answers to a question in the comments section. While this isn't a bad behaviour (...
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Challenging Questions' Premises

This is something I've seen cropping up quite a bit lately, and has made me pause and think. Sometimes questions are based on faulty or questionable premises, one such question would be this one, ...
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How can I improve my answer quality?

I've recently gotten into answering question that I find really interesting, and sometimes feel my answers aren't quite as eloquent as some of the other amazing answers I've received to questions that ...
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According to reality check, possibility implies existence

Before I go on with this post, the assertion in the title is actually logically sound and consistent, which I find beautiful. Now, more seriously, this is something I have noticed in most reality-...
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Is there a better way to list “recommended reading” for answers?

For a lot of questions, there are frequently existing books/stories/movies/games that explore the theme that the question asks. A question on AI souls trapped in VR hells recently led me to mention ...
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Why is Worldbuilding Stack Exchange so good at answering questions?

This is written with my metaphorical mod hat fully off and hanging on the wall next to my real hats. I moderate two other Stack Exchange sites, History of Science and Mathematics and Mythology. They'...
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Question Clarification as an Answer

Yesterday, I came across an answer from a new user that caught my attention not because of its quality (or lack thereof), but because it consisted of 15 questions to the OP and 1 suggestion. I ...
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Should a top-voted answer include info “taken” from another answer?

Prompted by discussion on this answer's comments. The author of said answer included (with credits and a request to upvote the other) content from another question, with the expressed intent of ...
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More review options?

Is there a way to add more options to the review stuff. A lot of the times the problem with the answer is that it needs to be expanded on, rather than any of the current options given, or perhaps a ...
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Should we delete answers that don't meet the requirements of the hard-science tag?

Around the beginning of August, Stack Exchange created a custom post notice for Worldbuilding. Basically, moderators manually add the notice to all questions tagged hard-science, and then may add it ...
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Does my answer fit the hard-science tag?

I'm currently having a dispute with JDługosz whether my answer to a question tagged hard-science actually meets the hard-science tag requirements. I'd be interested in what others here think about it....
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How could “Would normal people accept a path of immortality given the following, specific restrictions?” be answered, given that it was on hold?

I saw Would normal people accept a path of immortality given the following, specific restrictions? bumped to the top of the front page as "answered" despite being "on hold", so got curious. I got ...
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Should we have a “How to write the perfect answer?” discussion?

Sometimes, popular questions draw a large number of answers, and end up with answers that should be comments, or largely similar answers (some users prefer to write their own answers, even if they are ...
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Why is this disliked?

I do not entirely get why my question is being downvoted so heavily. I looked in the most popular answer and by the looks of it, they're placing their opinions on top of mine instead of properly ...
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When is “that's not possible” an appropriate answer?

Every once in a while, we do get questions where "that's not possible" is a valid answer to the question as asked (with perhaps further clarification in comments). Sometimes the question gives ...
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Two identical answers

I just reviewed an answer from a new user new user covering the same explanation as another already posted and more developed answer. It is not the first time I come across this situation. Normally, ...
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'It won't work' - challenging the frame of a question

I think it is time to have a discussion about the amount of challenging the frame of the question that we have on this site; a follow up to Possible new 'non-reality-check' tag? So what is ...
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The Completionist's Dilemma

For those of us who are completionists (individuals who are driven to complete whatever they start, whatever that may entail), the badges can be a bit of a nuisance. I asked previously if it would be ...
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Are incorrect answers deleted too fast?

I am not actually 100% sure how the whole process is made. But an answer appear in the Low Quality Posts queue, and the reviewer can choose between Looks OK Edit Recommend Deletion I'm not sure how ...
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Question on the community wikis

In one of my question, I decided to post an answer as a community wiki The reason as stated in the answer: I decided to make a community wiki because all the answers have good points but none ...
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How can we get new users to answer old questions?

Hear me out on this. It's not what you'd expect. On Worldbuilding, we have an extremely low amount of Unanswered Questions, typically hovering around zero.1 The longest I've ever seen a question stay ...