21 votes
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Should I accept an answer if it is very upvoted but I do not consider it is the correct answer to my question?

Absolutely not. If an answer does not address your question, then you do not have to accept it. People may upvote answers because they like it, or because they agree with the statements made, or ...
schroeder's user avatar
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16 votes
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Is this joke answer really an answer?

Please, just use the flag tool to notify moderators when you see non-answers or anything else flag-worthy. And if something is not an answer, please don't upvote it. I have deleted the post as it ...
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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Should answers contain images which add nothing to the answer?

Sometimes people add pictures because they are trying to get the stress out of a situation, and their sense of humour tells them that a picture is the way to go. In general, a bit of humour is not ...
Thomas Pornin's user avatar
14 votes

Should answers contain images which add nothing to the answer?

I disagree and believe it does matter - for the same reason that "thanks" and "hi" are removed from post across the network: adding pointless images that do not convey any message directly related to ...
kalina's user avatar
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14 votes

Being repeatedly targeted and harassed with disputable/arbitrary deletions of answers by a specific moderator

I will stop contributing answers to this subforum This may be the source of your confusion and bad experience - back in the day we used to say this is not a forum. In particular, there are no threads....
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13 votes

Being repeatedly targeted and harassed with disputable/arbitrary deletions of answers by a specific moderator

Ok, let's look at your 3 answers in question: Hacker from China: You conclude what every other answer did, that the hack could come from anywhere. You then talk about why you don't like software or ...
schroeder's user avatar
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Should I accept an answer if it is very upvoted but I do not consider it is the correct answer to my question?

It's your question and you should choose the answer that you think is best. From the help page "What should I do when someone answers my question?": As the author of the question, you have an ...
Neil Smithline's user avatar
10 votes

How to deal with popular questions that get filled with wrong answers?

As a complement to Rorys answer I would like to add: Comment! Engage with posters in a constructive manner! In a nice way, point out errors and suggest solutions. A highly upvoted accepted answer is ...
Anders's user avatar
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8 votes
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How to deal with popular questions that get filled with wrong answers?

The simple answer is to use your votes and flags. Yep - that's pretty much it. This has been discussed at length on various site metas (especially on DIY, where a mistake could be life threatening) ...
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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5 votes

Answers with the potential to cause harm

I don't think this is, in fact, a significant enough issue to require a change. In the vanishingly rare case were there's clear and present danger of substantial real world harm due to an answer, ...
Xander's user avatar
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4 votes

Should answers contain images which add nothing to the answer?

Bottom line: it doesn't really matter. Some people like to spice up their wall'o'text with some eye candy. Some people will be 100% verbal until it kills them. Either way, people are free to ...
AviD's user avatar
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4 votes
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Should we ask people to post a reference everytime possible?

Unfortunately "we" do not accept answers. The person asking the question does. That's not where the community has its leverage. What we can do to maintain the quality of answers on this site is to ...
schroeder's user avatar
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3 votes
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Is this a link-only answer which should be improved by adding most important link content into answer?

It is perfectly fine to post bare links when the link is to a tangent or to secondary information. No need to fill the answer with text that is only indirectly relevant. If the link is meant to ...
schroeder's user avatar
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3 votes

Should we recommend deletion of a low quality post if it has a comment suggesting how to improve it?

Deleting immediately can be a hit to morale. I tend to wait at least 12 hours after suggestions have been made for improvement or at least until I know the user has had a chance to read and respond. ...
schroeder's user avatar
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3 votes

Being repeatedly targeted and harassed with disputable/arbitrary deletions of answers by a specific moderator

Since you requested comments from more people: I've read through all of the three deleted answers, and I agree with the assessment of the moderator. The judgement the moderator made is the same as any ...
Anders's user avatar
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2 votes
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Who do you think provides good answers and how could we learn from their answers?

The obvious answer: those with the highest reputation score But in addition to that, you can be even more specific - who has the highest rep in the tag you are interested in, or the highest rep per ...
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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1 vote

How to deal with popular questions that get filled with wrong answers?

Upvotes on wrong but nice-looking answers tend to accumulate because they come from people who are not site regulars, and are not experts themselves, but have been attracted to the question because it ...
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