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Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top?

I'm for this change -- I've seen quite a few answers on here that are twice as highly rated as the 'accepted' answer, often because the 'accepted' answer lacks an important warning or other caveat. (I'...
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6 votes

Should this answer be kept?

I think it's not a great answer, but it's close enough to the border that I'd err on the side of keeping it. I read through it and it does seem to be a much more detailed version of the same recipe, ...
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5 votes

Has the policy on link-only answers changed?

I'm certainly not aware of any formal policy changes, but on the other hand, link-only answers have always been delete-worthy, it's just that I think we've tended to give the author a chance to fix it ...
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5 votes

Should I answer my question

Yes! Please answer your own question! That is encouraged behavior on Stack Exchange. There are all kinds of reasons you might choose to answer your own question, and it's perfectly OK to do so.
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4 votes

What's more important, the title question or the question and concerns as asked in the body?

I don't think comparing title vs body is particularly useful. They're both important; it's acceptable to write partial answers that address only one important part of a question, but it's best to ...
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How feasible is a generic question on average portion size?

I like the idea very much, had even thought of starting such a canonical question a few weeks ago when we saw the last such question. I find this type of question problematic for us. The way it ...
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Why were all but one answer deleted on this question?

We have always stayed away from medical advice and answers that are offering a diagnosis or home remedies fall flatly into the “off topic, medical advice” category. The question per se is borderline ...
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How feasible is a question on keeping produce fresh?

This sounds to me like there would be too many combinations of produce, temperatures, humidity requirements, container types, ventilation, and even proximity to other produce to have one, big ...
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Can you help me form this answer?

Yeah, I'd just ask a question about why it happens, though it might be a hard one to answer! You could possibly also ask and answer a question about how to prevent avocado from browning, since this ...
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3 votes

Second Edition, totally revised, new answer replacing a very highly upvoted one that doesn't answer the question as well

Bottom line, I think you are trying to turn "acid doesn't work" into "X Y and Z work, acid doesn't", and that's a strict improvement, so you should just edit - I would if it were my answer. There are ...
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How much science happens on this site

Links to additional resources are basically always helpful, though sometimes they may be overkill. On many questions, optimal answers would probably provide more support than average answers do, but ...
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3 votes

Comment on deleted answer

sorry about the mixup. I thought that you are able to view comments on your own deleted answers. I was the one who deleted the answer, and left the comment as an explanation to why it was deleted. ...
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What's more important, the title question or the question and concerns as asked in the body?

I want to note that usually this isn't a problem. Most of the time the title question will reflect the question body pretty well. A complete answer will be certain to address the question asked in ...
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2 votes

Second Edition, totally revised, new answer replacing a very highly upvoted one that doesn't answer the question as well

We usually recommend not doing this, and simply posting a new answer. Updating the existing answer is fine if it's a minor edit (maybe adding a few lines). Remember, people upvoted the answer, not ...
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2 votes

Answers that are works in progress

We have specific guidelines around this. The rule is: answer the question. Don't add placeholder answers - they will be generally be downvoted, flagged, and/or deleted. A "work in progress" is ...
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2 votes
Accepted

How long is to long to wait to accept an answer?

Meta Stack Exchange has a longish Q/A on accepting answers, you may want to use this as a starting point. That said, we see lots of questions that never get accepted, often asked by one-time users (...
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When to mark a question as answered

First, stay calm and patient. There is no time slot by which you have to accept an answer. The system may remind you at some point that you may want to check the existing answers to your question, but ...
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Why were all but one answer deleted on this question?

Don't know if this should be a comment, as I don't come to meta often, but I just saw this question again after however long, and... I don't really get why my answer was deleted. I suggested trying ...
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