Questions about answers: how to answer, whether specific answers are appropriate, and so forth.

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Am I abusing edit history by using it to hide code for a plot?

Sometimes code is an important part of an answer. Other times, code is interesting and potentially useful to others, e.g. how to construct a plot, but doesn't help the OP in answering their question. ...
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Best practice: How to request clarification from the author without 50 rep to comment?

I'm new to Stack Exchange and want to answer questions, but without 50 rep I can't post a comment asking the OP for clarification. Is there a clear guideline for what to do in this situation? (If ...
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Answering narrowly or more broadly: some evidence from green checks and upvotes

(UPDATE 28-8-2014 : Following suggestions, this post now appears also in the CV blog, ...
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Did the interface change, did I lose a privilege, or is everything just slightly wonky?

I've just noticed that I no longer seem to have the ability to recommend some posts for closure (which I noticed because I wanted to do something with a link only post – I eventually took the ...
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Is there any point to accepting your own (lone) answer?

I have at least one question that I'm the only person to provide an answer to. I haven't accepted my own answer. (I couldn't see the point, to be honest, obviously I think it answers the question, ...
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Does accepting answers discourage further answerings?

I once asked for some reasoning. I got a single answer but I hoped for more answers, possibly objecting the view of the single answer as this was what I had suspected to be right anyway. However, I ...
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Accepting an answer of another/duplicate question

My question turned out to be a duplicate. Yet, it gathered some good answers. However, one of the answers to the other, first, question suits me best. Can I accept it as best answer to my question?
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What should be our policy on duplicate answers?

I recently came across an answer that was copied & pasted in toto from another thread. I think the answer is high-quality--I had upvoted the previous iteration--but I am uncomfortable with this; ...
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Should I opt for a comprehensive answer at the price of making it a long one?

I am rather new to the .SE sites (started with math.SE and then expanded to CV) but during these last three months I had some time on my hands and I have answered a fair number of questions (93 in ...
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If a question is good enough for you to answer, should you up vote it?

Following on from the recent question about upvoting (or the lack of it), here is a specific example where I'm not sure what we 'should' be doing with regards to upvoting. I provided a short answer to ...
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Strategies for answering questions that may be unclear

I know that the common and most acceptable way to deal with poorly posed questions is to point the OP to ways to better ask questions and to probe for clarification in comments. This issue comes up a ...
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How should questions be answered on Cross Validated?

Following on my previous question: Should our FAQ include information about answering questions, and the subsequent discussion in the comments there, this question is intended to elicit discussion ...
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Should our FAQ include information about answering questions?

(Preliminary question: Is our FAQ editable at this point? If so:) I have recently started being more active in reviewing. Mostly, of course, you review a new user's first questions, and are often ...
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Is it possible to give yourself reputation points?

Yesterday I noticed that a person answered his own question. That didn't concern me so much because it looked like he honestly didn't know the answer but found it as he did more research. But what ...
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How should performance answering questions best be evaluated

There are many statistics computed on the StackExchange websites that could be used to evaluate how well a person is performing at answering questions. We have (1) total reputation points (2) ...
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Why are people providing answers in comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comments that are actually answers I've noticed that there are many examples of people providing partial answers or pointers in the comments to a question instead of ...
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Handling “look at this link” type of answers

I've noticed that, lately, we have gotten a few essentially one-line answers of the form "Look at <insert link>, where good details are provided." I am ...
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As I research a question that I asked, is it appropriate to answer my own question multiple times?

Here is a question where I had posted separate answers to my own question: http://stats.stackexchange.com/q/4258/1381 But then was requested to combine them. Which is this the preferred approach?
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What can we do to encourage broader participation?

Despite being one of the guilty parties, I don't look favorably on the statistics that show a small number of people are collecting most of the points. (E.g., look at the number of people with an ...
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Shall I attach pieces of code to my answers?

I'm very grateful for the code function, as it makes it easy to illustrate some answers. Yet, I feel I for one have the risk of overloading my answer with R code. Good if you know R, but not always ...