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Hint answers revisited

Recently I had a somewhat enlightening exchange on the site about providing hints as answers to homework questions. The original homework policy had a section which encouraged and essentially enforced ...
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Why the answer to this question was deleted?

Yesterday, I've asked this question and I got an answer. I didn't accept it because I wanted to wait 24-48 hs before doing something (giving time to get another answers). But today, I see there isn't ...
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Flagging old, low quality answers as VLQ/NAA instead of just downvoting them?

Google has a habit of displaying cards, and I am sure several of you have seen these by now: (search link) The way I understand the purpose - of displaying cards for each answer (and not just the ...
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Is it okay to add Easter Eggs to my answers?

From the help center: Whether you've come to ask questions, or to generously share what you know, remember that we’re all here to learn, together. Be welcoming and patient, especially with those ...
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How do I cite users who suggest content in comments

Sometimes, I see answers to questions that have comments that kinda "continue" the explanation out of the answer. Such comments add valuable information that would be better off within the answer. I ...
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Pinging in comment to suggest answering question

Is it appropriate to use comment section to refer to a specific user who is most likely to provide an answer? For example, when there is a request for the IUPAC name, one might want to type ...
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Are answers that only contain hints to be considered answers or not? [duplicate]

I recently flagged an answer as not an answer because its entire content was something along the lines of Hint: Consider these two mechanisms. What would happen in case one? What would happen in ...
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How should we identify and handle answers that exist mainly to promote unconventional theories?

On Chemistry Stack Exchange, we have a policy against questions that exists only to promote unconventional theories (see What topics can I ask about here?): Some kinds of questions aren’t allowed ...
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Are simplified answers to questions permissible?

I originally posted an answer to a question about TsCl where I claimed that the central sulphur contained double bonds to adjacent oxygen atoms. Jan (rightly) corrected me on this claim, informing me ...
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An answer a full hour after the question was closed? [duplicate]

There was a question closed today for being too homeworky. Closing happened ‘1 hour ago’ as of now. Right a few seconds ago, an answer to said question was posted (labelled with ‘1 minute ago’ right ...
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A question was put on hold, but gained an answer about thirty minutes later

I closed the following question at 2016-04-10 11:36:57Z as off-topic: https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/49269/4945 Yet about thirty minutes later, at 2016-04-10 12:05:02Z, it received an answer. ...
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How to ask and answer nomenclature questions?

A small but significant fraction of the questions consists of nomenclature questions. In principle, virtually all nomenclature questions resemble one another, but they are quite different from other ...
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Comment-Answers

I've noticed a recent trend of people answering questions in the comments. I've asked about this issue in the past, and though I understand that sometimes people don't want to write out a complete ...
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When is it safe to answer homework questions?

The current homework policies of Chemistry and Physics were adapted from the FAQ of Mathematics. The first rule about answering homework questions is: you do not provide a complete answer to homework ...
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Why do editors not leave a comment or answer?

I have been a user for 6 months now and I have seen this many times. So I decided to ask this in meta as I found no better place to ask it. Why don't the users who edit the questions just leave a ...
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What are the guidelines to follow when answering homework questions?

Can someone let me know how to answer an homework question. Like say, someone is asking how to do a specific calculation sum. Is it against the guidelines to show the whole working in the answer? ...
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How to determine if a homework question is going to be closed?

Recently, I have been drawing some flak for answering would be closed homework questions. For example, this one. Now, how should I determine if a question is going to be closed? I refrain myself from ...
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Amount of reputation from answer upvotes reduced?

Has the amount of reputation received from upvotes to answers been reduced from +10 to +5. I only received +5 rep for each upvote on my answer to this question. Is this a new feature or a bug? I ...
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Should we develop nomenclature to indicate the level of sophistication on which we're answering questions?

In thinking about Ben Norris's answer to this question, asking about whether answers should contain a level of detail appropriate for the estimated knowledge of the asker, a subsequent question came ...
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Should we try to tune the level of detail in answers to the level of knowledge of the questioner?

Somewhat related to this meta question, discussing the proper mix of high-level and common-knowledge level content on a technical SE site, I'm wondering about how we might best go about answering ...
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Please accept the answer!

If anyone just take a look up question page, then will discover that we have very less accepted answer questions.(Around 10!!!) Why it is so? This post is to bring attention on to every users please ...
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Is only link in the answer allowed?

I have seen few one line answer with link. Is that allowed? For example this answer.Why to put this type of link as answer, it is better to put it as comment. I have seen one another of same type of ...
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Revise and improve, or add my own answer?

What is the accepted practice. Should I revise and update someone's answer to add more information, or add your own answer into the mix? For example, this question I just answered.