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Give feedback. This is why votes and comments exist. More specifically, diagnose whatever the problem is (unsourced opinions in this case) and offer a possible solution if the answer can be fixed. To quote someone else on a recent answer as an example: A source would greatly improve this. And myself on a different recent answer: In this answer you ...


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Yes, but only if the asker's presumption of A actually affects B. For example, suppose someone asked: I know kidush l'vana (said each month in the first half of the month) cannot under any circumstances be said indoors. Suppose someone cannot get outdoors for medical reasons. Can he fulfill his obligation by listening to another through an open door and ...


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My understanding of the Jargon policy is that the answers are to the level of the question. Complex "insider-baseball" questions get quite tedious to answer in the Queen's English. But if the level of the question is one coming from someone who just isn't up to the technical terms, I try my best to translate everything, communicate using English idioms and ...


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Yes. But it is not a great answer if there are opinions that A is indeed valid.


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Unless the question specifies a particular type of source that it's looking for, even answers that do no cite any source at all are "valid", information that comes from informal or mimetic sources is better than information with no cited source. Regardless of the type of source, the more information that the answerer can include about the source, to help ...


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All 8 of your recent answers are to questions from the same one user. That user has nearly 20,000 reputation, yet his average answer score is negative and his average question score is barely over 1. This does indicate that one can post mediocre or worse content (as defined by post score) and still wind up with lots of reputation by churning out enough ...


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This is a good issue to raise, and I think there is a simple approach to deal with the problem: All questions and answers should ideally be as good as possible. Whether a question is old or new is not so relevant. If you see a post that is deficient, you can do any of the following: Downvote it Leave a comment expressing the problems Edit it to improve it ...


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It's up to the answerer if they want to match the answer to the asker's level, or to also extend their answer to a broader audience. In general, the purpose of Stack Exchange is to create a library of good and high-quality Q&A for everyone; not only for the asker but also for future readers. That's also the reason why SE allows multiple answers on the ...


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I'd like to quote a general principle offered by a wise respondent to a previous Meta question: I think that by definition answering a question is supposed to be an investment of time/effort and one should always want their answers to be as valuable as can be. And my own Chat-commentary on that point: We're not here to try to win a game by following ...


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For the purpose of this online Q&A repository, an incorrect answer, even when it represents a growth opportunity for the author, is harmful, since it presents itself as the truth to any of the thousands of people who read the Q&A. Sure, voting and comments may help readers discern what's less likely to be reliable information, but as long as it's up, ...


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No The standard link-only comment text states While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. This applies just as much to MY questions/answers as external sites. Answers can get deleted and/or ...


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I think that this change was made for an other type of site, not for Mi Yodeya. I can easily understand that in a professional site as StackOverflow, a good question is easily defined. For a community of developers, a good question is not somewhat easy to ask, not somewhat based on a lack of knowledge, somewhat based on false premises. A good question can ...


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Answers that contain no information other than a reference and information that is not intelligible to people who can only read English is, as you suggest, effectively a link-only answer. It is therefore not an acceptable answer and should have one of the following things done to them: Fix, by adding a translation and/or summary of what the reference and ...


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There are a few things we can do if we see these answers. Provide a translation. This is optimal, though as you say, often doesn't happen, because it's a lot of work. Provide a summary of the Hebrew. Also very good. And, if someone actually takes the time to read the whole thing before upvoting, they should have a good understanding and be able to do that. ...


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A specific case I assume we can all agree on in which it is not an answer: Q: Commentary A says Y. How does this fit with Z? A: Commentary B argues with commentary A. In this case, the question is not on the assumption of Y. It is asked in the context of the fact that A says Y. There is no value in negating the given premise of the question.


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From our Help Center's page on "How do I write a good answer?": Answer the question Read the question carefully. What, specifically, is the question asking for? Make sure your answer provides that – or a viable alternative. The answer can be “don’t do that”, but it should also include “try this instead”. Any answer that gets the asker going in the ...


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The beauty of Stack Exchange is that you can basically write anything you want in an answer. As far as I know there are only a few things that will disqualify an answer: Violation of the Code of Conduct Spam Doesn’t make an attempt to actually answer the question Users can’t make any sense out of your post (Very Low Quality) As long as your post attempts ...


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Reputation is gained by participation in the site, and to a lesser extent, by quality of posts. The reputation system gives more reputation for better answers. But if a significant minority who choose to vote find a user's questions to be good (>1 upvoter for every 5 downvoters), there will be a net gain in reputation, and it will only increase with volume ...


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There is nothing inherently wrong with a scholarly1 or non-scholarly answer to a question, assuming that the question itself doesn't disqualify one or the other. Answers should be judged by whether they answer the question. If it answers a question, an answer shouldn't be deleted (excepting extreme cases that shouldn't apply to an answer purporting to be ...


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My understanding is that both of the approaches you list are fine: 1) The original answer is deficient to the point of being deletion-worthy, so taking the necessary next step by adding summary to go with the link is a very reasonable edit. 2) There's nothing wrong with writing answers that are derivative of other answers, even to the point of just ...


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Editing is important for keeping questions and answers clear, relevant, and up-to-date. If you are not comfortable with the idea of your contributions being collaboratively edited by other trusted users, this may not be the site for you. (source) A reason given for editing is: To clarify the meaning of the post (without changing that meaning) So I can't ...


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We make known our expectations about sources (as in the posts you linked). Our actual definition of source is fuzzy and context-dependent. If I heard Rabbi Ploni say such-and-such at a public lecture that's a source, though one without clear verification (assume there wasn't a recording). If you learned something in Hebrew school, that's a source. If ...


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While allowing posts in any language would be problematic for our site (as discussed here that we need a user base "capable of answering, evaluating, voting on, improving, maintaining, categorizing, moderating behavior, etc."), it seems to me that as a byproduct of attracting a community of experts in Judaism we have also attracted a significant community of ...


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A similar phenomenon does indeed occur on other Stack Exchange sites. For example, on the flagship site, Stack Overflow, for programmers, there can be multiple techniques to solve a particular programming problem, or multiple aspects or steps necessary to solve a problem. I don't know if such multiplicity of valid answers to programming questions ever ...


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You get back the points that were substracted from your reputation. As the FAQ says (in the section What does deletion mean for a post?) Reputation changes from bounties, votes (both up and down), and acceptances on deleted posts (including answers to a deleted question) are nullified. See there for exceptions.


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If the answer addresses the question meaningfully, including by undermining an incorrect premise it depends on, then it's a valid answer. How fitting or valuable it is is up to the judgement of the reader/voter. If a question depends on multiple incorrect premises, each of which is valuable to correct, then I'd imagine that speaking relatively, an answer ...


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Am I required to cite my sources? Sources are extremely important in Judaism, as (almost) every Halacha or Minhag (custom) has a clear source. Judaism places sources and tradition in very high regard; our Sages teach (Avos 6:6), "One who says something in the name of the one who said it brings redemption to the world." When are sources absolutely required ...


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Yes. In my opinion, pretty much all non-fiction writing, including here, should follow my academic mentor's response when he was asked how long he was expecting papers with for his classes to be: just long enough to clearly and completely respond to the assignment's requirements. The FAQ links in msh210's answer provide general "requirements" for good ...


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This is just my opinion, not any kind of official statement. There are a number of factors that go into a good post. Some of these are delineated at https://judaism.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask and https://judaism.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic and https://judaism.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer. Some others, here on Meta, are linked to from ...


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With regard to questions, in my experience (having asked to date 44 questions with "nice question" rate of ~36%), the questions that get the most votes are basically ones which peak the interest of the average person browsing Mi Yodeya. Usually, these will be about topics that everyone has encountered or knows about, and probably a lot of people have ...


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