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Simply put, if you don't give people a reason to believe you, then they shouldn't believe you. You should be working to convince the asker that your answer is the correct one, and writing only a short statement is a poor way of doing so. If an answer is only one or two sentences and nothing more, then in my opinion it should be at the very least ignored for ...


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The problem with having multiple answers/solutions in one post is that users aren't able to vote on each individual solution. If you have two solutions to a problem, and one of them doesn't work at all, and the other works perfectly, how do users vote on that? All they can really do is comment saying one works, and the other doesn't. Splitting those ...


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I feel these answers present a danger to a beta site that is struggling with its scope. There's a common tendency to see a collection of answers heading off the rails and say, "these answers are the problem - if it weren't for them, things would be fine here." Familiar examples include: Subjective questions attracting polarizing, opinionated ...


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In theory there's nothing wrong with answering your own questions, no matter how often you do it, provided that both your questions and answers meet quality standards. That said, in this case it does look like someone is copying a whole lot of content without giving attribution and some of the questions aren't great... We appreciate people trying to ...


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That answer is low quality. But here's the point. This site is based on the idea that the more user-based it is, the better. We want the site to be running smoothly with as little moderation as possible (outside of what moderation is available to any user as they unlock privileges). The Low Quality Posts review queue is designed for the community to take ...


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We cannot properly vet posts with multiple unrelated solutions. Let's say I post an answer that contains both a great solution, and a completely unrelated terrible and ill-advised solution. How does one vote on that answer? Do you vote up because I have a great solution? Do you vote down because I also recommend something that is a blatantly bad solution? Do ...


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Using Images What do you do when you want to illustrate your answer with some product. Use them. The use of images we "lift from a random website" is almost definitely covered under fair use. Use however, should be attributed. 1. Purpose and character of the use for the enrichment of the general public .. [and not] for reasons of personal profit ...


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The premise that “one answer should contain one solution” is flawed.¹ An answer that states “in situation 1, do X; in situation 2, do Y” is superior to two answers that state “do X” and “do Y”. Therefore we should encourage the first type and discourage the second type. If someone posts an answer with multiple solutions but does not explain how to choose ...


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My personal thoughts are that answers should contain one or more of the following in addition to the actual "answer" part: a citation to a reliable source that says the tip works a link to something (e.g. a video) that shows the tip working an explanation of why it works This means that if you can say "putting the onions in the freezer works because it ...


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Answers in this area are in the grey area and should be handled on a case to case basis. In any case, if you think the answer is not a serious one or is plain wrong, feel free to downvote it. This shows both the user and the community that answers like it are not preferable. The user may even remove it them self at that point. As for flagging it as low ...


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Here are my basic guidelines that I follow for writing answers: Step 1: Explain why they're having the problem, or what causes the problem. Even if it's a bit redundant to you, a quick summary could be useful to someone who is reading the question and not having the same problem. It helps to create a point of reference so that everybody is on the same page,...


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I agree with apaul's answer, but I think an additional point has to be made. SE explicitly encourages asking and answering your own question, and it's something that I do all the time, on this site and several others. However, at the same time, you need to make sure that quality is not compromised when you do that. Take, for example, this question that I ...


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There are two questions that we should use to evaluate answers. "Does it fit our definition of a lifehack?" The current definition defined in our scope is as follows: A lifehack is a technique that can be implemented quickly and is used to make one's physical life more efficient when a more standard approach (as defined by that area's experts) ...


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Note: I'm not the mod who handled that flag; I notified them of this post. Because the answer is fixable, we won't delete it. Like the very low quality flag says, it should be used for q/a "unlikely to be salvageable through editing". It's better that we encourage the author to either improve their post. To let them know their post needs some work we can ...


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I don't think this would be good. As you mentioned in the comment above, people might upvote just because an answer sounds good, and a lot of times that is the case. But if someone thinks that an answer sounds far fetched, but works, they can just comment. Also, if we did have a "validate" button people would probably use that the same as they would use an ...


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I removed the exact duplicates. In these cases, please use a custom flag on the question saying that many duplicate answers exist. Since the NAA (Not An Answer) and VLQ (Very Low Quality) flags are not generally reviewed with consideration of other answers, they do not work. Also, I will use this opportunity to reiterate part of the manifesto: Each answer ...


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Although I can't say I've been doing it myself here, we have a similar thing going on at Gardening & Landscaping beta, with questions. People were asking multiple identification questions in one, and although they are answerable, we don't want that. They are closed as too broad usually, but that doesn't affect our problem here. When I find questions like ...


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This is, again, a duplicate to What is a lifehack?. Ignoring duplicates for a second, A lifehack is defined as some way to do something using some tool in a different or strange way, often to make a task simpler/easeier/whatever. For example, using a refrigerator to protect yourself from a thermonuclear device. However, most of the aforementioned answers do ...


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The "safest" answers here aren't hacks. I wouldn't say safest, not by a long shot, conventional answers even those that may not be terribly conventional tend to collect downvotes. That post of mine that you linked to is a good example of that, it currently has a score of +5/-4. If you want a better example try this one, it is an entirely conventional ...


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We should upvote high-quality, well-put answers while downvoting / encouraging users to improve low quality answers as to give out a signal that we treasure better answers. This sounds like guess work, the answer could be improved with references. – James Jenkins 2014-12-10 12:51:46Z


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On pets.SE Matt S. posted a generic Meta Question Why is my answer being down-voted or ignored? Then he and others provided detailed answers to common issues. This has proved to be fairly effective at simplifying how to address low quality answers from new users.


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In google image search you can use search tools to filter image results only to display images which are marked as free for use. For search with URL I have found the following cases: Labeled for reuse http://google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=illustrative+images&tbs=sur:fc Labeled for reuse with modification http://google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=...


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I believe the base issue at hand here, is that a lot of the questions do have various standard solutions, which the question does not address. This could have a lot of reasons, and could be a concern as I understand it is not the intention for Lifehacks to be a general howto-site. Some of these questions should most likely be closed, either as off-topic, ...


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I think this a subtle matter. If someone has genuinely found something interesting (and probably unique), then I'd welcome a Q&A-style post from them; it shares knowledge with the world. If someone posts a question and then, some time later, finds an answer, I welcome that being posted too. However, I don't particular enjoy reading questions that ...


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From what I've gathers so far, a lifehack is a an unconventional solution to a problem. So the opposite of that would be the conventional solution to a problem. A lifehack can't be the solution that's commonly used for that problem. Likewise, a problem with only one solution can't be a lifehack, because if it only has a single solution then that solution ...


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If you see a low quality post, flag it as VLQ (ssh, I have short answers too, gonna improve them ;) ) or Not An Answer. The posts flagged with VLQ flags or short ones are pushed to the Low Quality review queue, where its possible for reviewers to choose some reasons like "NAA, but comment", "new question", "thank you answer", etc. I doubt if SE staff will ...


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Not downvoting and not leaving negative comments to discourage non-hacky answers would be a good way to improve answer quality. In my view, conventional solutions using existing, well-established tools and methods are implicitly verified, and so discouraging them discourages known working solutions, attracting a higher proportion of unverified answers to ...


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