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How to handle "cop out" answers

We've had similar problems before with comments saying just use magic This is basically a duplicate of a problem that has already been discussed on this site: Are comments saying “just use magic” ...
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How curious is too curious?

I think you might have stumbled onto an issue that first reared its head about two and a half years ago, waaaaay back in early 2016. It started with Is Worldbuilding a What If Site? - a discussion ...
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What should be our commenting etiquette when pointing out that other Stacks exist?

If it's off-topic here it should be closed. If it's off-topic here and on-topic on the other site and of acceptable quality (we don't want to be the dumping ground for others - let's not make others ...
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Messed Up a Question

Once a question gets answer(s) it is preferred that any edit doesn't invalidate them, out of respect for those who put effort in writing them and to avoid that a QA site turns out into a forum where ...
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What are the ethics of posting art based on an answer?

Regarding the ethics I am not aware of any rules about posting art based on StackExchange questions/answers - leave a comment and ask when in doubt Linking to the question/answer and maybe leaving a ...
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How curious is too curious?

I expect 10,000 words on my desk by next Thursday on any subject you've asked a question about. I'm pretty sure nobody was really writing a story about Santa relating to any of our Santa questions. ...
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Question Upvoting Etiquette and Frame Challenges

As pointed out in the comment, a question should be upvoted when it's of good quality. "if you find a question good enough to answer, you should upvote it" it's not a rule here, nor a rule ...
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Question Upvoting Etiquette and Frame Challenges

And in the beginning people were vociferous and participative and yay, they did up- and down-vote much! And lo, time did pass, and people became less interested and less attentive, and it did slow ...
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What are the ethics of posting art based on an answer?

I don't see a problem. Basing work on someone else's idea is very different from copying someone else's work. If people put something out there for the world to see, especially under a Creative ...
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Can I put a link to my blog for a longer answer?

It's ok to link to your blog if you disclose the affiliation ("I wrote more about this on {my blog}" is fine for that), and so long as the post here is complete enough for the purposes of this site. ...
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What if I have several questions associated with one topic?

One question per question To make things easier to answer, you should only put one question in each WB question you ask. That helps keep you focused and all the people who might answer focused too. ...
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How to handle "cop out" answers

The expectation (we've discussed this quite a few times, which I expect to keep happening) is that people writing answers will take the reality set by the OP and work from there unless it is ...
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Question Upvoting Etiquette and Frame Challenges

Framing the Frame Challenger (with tongue firmly in cheek!) First off, just for the record, I've already upvoted Nosajimiki's query here (because it is useful); and most the responses thus far (...
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What if I have several questions associated with one topic?

One question per Question, several questions over a longer time As the format is intended for questions with a single clear answer (and we're already stretching that on here..), the best way to go ...
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How to handle "cop out" answers

If it's a cop out answer, it's a low quality answer that fails to actually provide utility. That's what the downvote button is for. Don't feel bad downvoting low quality answers.
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What should be our commenting etiquette when pointing out that other Stacks exist?

This is deserving of a second, more comprehensive answer. To deal with the elephant in the room first, no matter how much you assert that this has nothing to do with the "real-world questions are on-...
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How curious is too curious?

The answer to your question is frankly moot. Even if we wanted to require questions be asked for non-trivial purposes it would be impossible to enforce and would simply be an arbitrary requirement ...
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How curious is too curious?

A simpler form of the prevailing opinions here: Your question does need to pertain to worldbuilding. It needs to show worldbuilding and a dilemma with filling or closing some gap. It does not, ...
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How to handle "cop out" answers

I regularly answer like that, but I always give a reason why. Here is why I think this is ok. Sorry for the formating on the first point, I hope you get over it. People often overestimate what ...
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Question Upvoting Etiquette and Frame Challenges

These are the expectations for voting: Voting up a question or answer signals to the rest of the community that a post is interesting, well-researched, and useful, while voting down a post signals ...
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Question Upvoting Etiquette and Frame Challenges

If someone made an interesting or original question, I upvote. Specially when it comes to series of questions. "Good quality" questions are entirely subjective You can make up a definition ...
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How curious is too curious?

As a huge fan of Randall Munroe's What If series I often find myself tempted to ask similar questions here, though I know they would be off topic. That being said I have asked a few questions that ...
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How curious is too curious?

Just my opinion, but these points constitute my thoughts on your query and especially in light of HDE's explanation of some of the historical issues of this forum: Be as curious as you like! Guide ...
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How to handle "cop out" answers

Sometimes that is the correct answer Summary: To paraphrase Hitchens's Razor... That which is asked on the basis of hand-waving, can be answered and/or dismissed with hand-waving. Question: Is ...
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What if I have several questions associated with one topic?

In addition to the other answers: Please make sure that people who are following the question see that the solution gets more and more detailed and developed whenever an answer is incorporated in the ...
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