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The goal of Stack Exchange as a model of Q&A is to help as many people as possible. It's why we allow voting and collaborative editing, so that the community knowledge can be continually expanded, updated, and evaluated. (The following is my opinion; others may disagree.) With that goal in mind, I would say you should strike a balance. You should ...


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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, which means that any of the added details could be things the OP wasn't doing right, so following the recipe carefully might help the OP. I'm going to undelete ...


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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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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 address the whole question. I've seen a few common cases: The title and body conflict: they're different questions, and a single person is likely only to ask one ...


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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 functions in the mind of the first-time-caterer seems to be "I get the appropriate portion size X per person (which only depends on the food I am preparing), ...


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Every Stack Exchange site has it at the same relative URL: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/how-to-answer


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A recipe is fundamentally similar to a URL. It might answer the question, but: It's usually not clear how it answers the question There's often no clear way of evaluating its quality/accuracy (it breaks voting) It's an all-or-nothing proposition - if the recipe doesn't work or can't be used, then there is nothing else useful in the answer So, my take on ...


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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 is certainly good to know, though it might be better if you had proactive advice, not just "don't put acid on it". In that case you could just link to the "why" ...


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Edit the existing one to be right, or as right as you can make it. This expectation is built right into the system: editing an answer (a) bumps the question to the front page, and (b) allows previously-locked-in votes to be undone. So if anybody is unhappy with the revised answer, they can flip their previous votes. Of course, if it's totally unsalvageable ...


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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 it's not something we can really make a policy to change. So there aren't really specific, universal rules. Sometimes writing about your experience is ...


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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. Here is the full text: Hello Jon, you are discussing the health effects of iron leaching into food. Health discussions are off topic here. If the OP has his ...


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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 two groups of people to serve here: future readers and past voters. It's clearly best for the future readers if the best information is in the right place, so ...


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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 comprehensive answer. I would suggest to continue hosting these questions on an as-needed basis. Then if you find yourself answering a group of these with essentially ...


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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 (sometimes jokingly called drive-by posters) that never bothered to learn about how the site works etc. So: Thanks for your effort and your question here! ...


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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 on the other hand, there are even sites where the community actively discourages “immediate” acceptance. Accepting an answer is the Stack Exchange way of ...


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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 both the title and body. When they conflict, my general rule is, unless the question body doesn't actually contain a question, I defer to the question body. And ...


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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 you. That means that what you originally posted is what they found to be useful. Changing it to something entirely different is not really in the spirit of how ...


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Check your sort order: It's fine on my end.


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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 completely fine - if it actually answers the question in its current state. It may be an incomplete answer, or an untested answer, or in need of improvement - those ...


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Honestly, this is hard to answer because your original question was very vague, pretty much "I want something for this purpose, here's a random idea, what do you think?" To my reading, it's bordering on broad enough to be closed, and what you ended up with would certainly fall within the field of possible answers. Probably the best thing to do would be to ...


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