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Why was my answer deleted as spam / offensive?

I want the following answer undeleted as it clearly and demostrabely is not what it is falsely accused of ! https://workplace.stackexchange.com/posts/131840/revisions I have not used offensive ...
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Can I combine different answers into one and how?

Recently I asked a question that got a lot of advice and a few part-answers. Is there any way to combine the part answers into one answer? My question is here: Is there any risk in sharing info about ...
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different questions with similar answers

I noticed that there are situations when different questions, with different contexts, have very similar answers. Question: Is it OK if I post a "generic" question and I also provide the answer to it?...
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do I have any recourse if someone downvotes not because I don't answer the question, but because they don't agree with the answer?

Someone asked a question, and I answered it directly. They asked, is X going to be A or B? I said "If C is done, then A, otherwise B". That's answering the question that's asked. I don't agree ...
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Answering questions that might be duplicates

I'm still fairly new to the Workplace community and with the amount of questions amassed through this site's history, I have honestly no way of knowing whether a new question is a duplicate or not at ...
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Sending an answer to the Low Quality review queue

What is the right way to mark that an answer should be sent to the Low Quality review queue? I ask this because twice recently I have flagged an answer as Low Quality or Not an Answer and had the ...
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Editing answers vrs. editing questions: When should we avoid the former?

I recently wondered about the nature of editing answers and when should one avoid doing so. I believe that editing questions is something really positive that can help OP receive better attention to ...
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Why are these answers ordered strangely?

Why are these answers ordered in the way they are? The answers to this question are (at the time of this post) ordered with an unaccepted answer of 79 first, followed by an accepted answer of 38. I ...
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To Whom do we Answer? (the questioner or the internet as a whole?)

I get this situation quite a bit in my answering of questions here on the Workplace. I'll answer a question and direct my answer to the question as stated. Then I'll get comments on my answer ...
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Can we remove the suggestion to leave a comment on down voting

We do not have a problem with drive by downvoting... we have a problem with people wanting to attack those who try to post a helpful answer being attacked for their efforts in the comments. And then ...
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Offensive or not Offensive? Moderator Opinion vs 6 Community Flags

This question is about this answer by gnasher729 on a recent question. For <10k users: I'm not sure what your intent is: Punish him for the same thing you did, or protect your company from ...
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Delete reason for duplicate answers

Our Help Center for Answering explains that some answers are deleted because they are (emphasis mine): commentary on the question or other answers asking another, different question “thanks!”...
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What is our stance on entire answers copied from other websites (with attribution)?

I have read the meta posts FAQ proposal: Back It Up and Don't Repeat Others and What can we do about me-too answers?. It is clear that repeating what is already covered in other answers is heavily ...
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Should general answers be allowed even when they don't apply to the specific question?

The recent question "What to do if I am sick and can't drive myself home?" has received many answers. One such answer suggests that the OP take public transportation. Based on the OP's description of ...
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Can we help users determine what is and isn't rude?

Can we help users determine what is a rude response? Often times I find myself flagging a user, thinking "I am glad I helped get this rude person off the site". I am given no feedback, so what am I to ...
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Is it acceptable here to answer a question with “Go ask someone else?”

This question was spured by this answer but it applies in general. Is it approriate to answer a question with just "Go ask someone else" with no other context or attempt to provide guidance? My ...
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Are complete answers still required?

The original Back it up policy had a standard evaluation. Does the answer completely answer the question and explain why? This standard seems to have gone to the wayside. I would like to see ...
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Are questions and comments involving management theory appropriate?

Many questions on this exchange address situations in the workplace. Workplace experience successfully handling tough situations at work qualifies a person as expert. This form of expertise seems ...
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Why can I not answer a protected question when signing up with association bonus?

I just created an account here because I wanted to write an answer. Since I'm an experienced long-time user of the stack exchange network, I got the +100 rep association bonus (see profile). However, ...
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Can we do something to inform users on “accepting” answers?

Too often in this board, there are good answers given with tons of upvotes, but the questioner rarely accepts the answer as the accepted answer, resulting in the person answering losing lots of ...
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Is “We can't answer this” a valid answer?

In looking at the recent question Transport & Accommodation for new location, the question is clearly off-topic. There's no way we can answer the question, because it is about company-specific ...
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Minor but important changes should be allowed

I was reading this answer and found that though the answer is quite good it will be even better if some grammatical and spelling mistakes can be removed. So I tried editing it and in all the places ...
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Accepted answer to question no longer shows green check mark + change in answer order

Yesterday, I am pretty sure I accepted an answer given by a poster named HLKEM to this question here. However, just now I went back to add some relevant details, and the green checkmark signifying ...
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Answers affected by question edits performed per Broken Windows Review

What would be an appropriate course of action for answers that are affected by edits done to questions per Broken Windows Review? In particular, how should we (should we?) take answer score into ...
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Does an answer have to adress the question directly?

I have been criticised for posting answers that don't adress the question itself but the intent behind it or are somehow related. I understand that I shouldn't be noisy but I find in some situations ...
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When there are many answers already, help me check that mine won't repeat others

When posting my answer I check that it doesn't repeat others as required by our FAQ. In current UI, this becomes difficult when question already has many answers. I would want that questions with 10 ...
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What should the “Back it up” policy look like for The Workplace

Nearly two years to the day since "back it up" was introduced to Workplace, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding what the principle looks like on The Workplace. Here is all our on-topic ...
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Testing proposal: automating review of answers that fail to meet site-specific guidelines

Posted on behalf of jmac. The idea to test automating review of answers that fail to meet site-specific guidelines has been proposed by SE Community manager here: let's test this first, see where ...
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Should I be proactive in supporting my older answers?

The current effort to be stricter with unsupported answers has made me realize that some of my older answers come across that way too, and probably the only reason they haven't been targeted (yet) is ...
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Improving the System for Dealing with Poor Answers

On the advice of Shog, this has been reposted on Meta, slightly simplified So it's no shock that we have a lot of poor answers here. We are having issues with understanding the current flagging, and ...
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Can we add a Flag reason for answers of: Provides Opinion Only

Currently I think many of the Not an Answer or Very Low quality flags we see should have been some other flag, but we do not have that flag. This flag would give us that other option. This would ...
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When should I flag an answer as 'Not an Answer'?

The Workplace seems pretty subjective. There are guidelines for Good Subjective, Bad Subjective Questions, but what are the guidelines for answers? When should I flag an answer as 'Not an Answer'?
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When asked 'How can I foo the bar?' is 'Don't foo the bar' an appropriate answer?

On Cleaning Up Bad Answers on Popular Questions a comment by Yamikurone says: There seems to be a flood of "Not an answer" flags on answers on this post. Many of the answers so flagged were, in ...
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Deleting answers and improving site quality

TL;DR I intend to remove answers I don't think are adding value or answers that are suggesting legally or morally dangerous things. Not just because they are downvoted. I'm doing it on a case ...
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Community Outreach: Be more liberal with Voting!

I currently think of questions and answers as having three 'states'. Good This question is on topic, well thought out, properly articulated and is not a poll or trying to incite discussion This ...
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Is citing other answers in the same question appropriate?

I have seen many answers to questions which reference other answers to that same question. While I can see the value to compiling all of the answers into one, it seems a bit sloppy if it is chained, ...
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Is 'Quit your job' an acceptable answer?

A lot of the questions on Workplace are getting an answer along the lines of 'You should quit'. There are some cases where i can see this as a viable answer but the majority of the time I think it ...
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Can/should we discourage opining in answers?

There has been alot of opining on the asides of questions lately. People feel the need to express their opinion on how awful the situation is and how they would handle it even though it is not part of ...
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Why should answers be long?

I recently got an automated message that "we're looking for long answers..." It seems weird to insist on a lot of words if a few words gets the point across, and who is the "we" who decided what kind ...
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Answer converted to comment by admin

I had an answer converted to a comment on: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/5775/health-commute-skills-and-money The question was closed and I doubt it will be reworded to be appropriate ...
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Has answer quality improved since the early days of this site?

This site's Spring launch was marred with a lot of poor, short, not very helpful answers. Forum level, discussion type answers where an upvote more often meant "I agree" as opposed to "This is useful."...
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Do we need a policy on bad/“me too” answers?

More and more I'm hearing "the problem is bad answers, not questions". I disagree that the questions are not partly at fault, but I'd love to see more answer moderation. The problem is the community ...
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What can we do about me-too answers?

On Workplace more than any other Stack Exchange site, I see Me Too answers duplicating most or all of the content of earlier, better/more elaborate answers. We've got some question quality problems ...
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What can we do about one line answers?

We have a lot of very brief, one/two line answers. I think this is a problem, and this has recently come up on Programmers' Meta. We have a lot of answers per question and sometimes single-line ...
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Does this site need a “back it up” rule?

There's all kinds of career advice out there on the Internet, much of it conflicting or wrong. The conflicting or wrong advice is especially prevalent (but not limited to) that found on open-access Q&...