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Should personal opinions posted as answers be flagged, or just downvoted?

There is a difference between a lay opinion and an expert opinion on this site just as there is in a court room. Of course, we do not have the power of a court to decide who is and who is not an ...
Dale M's user avatar
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Answering old questions

Unlike some other websites on the Internet who explicitly discourage or forbid 'necroposting', Stack Exchange has always encouraged it: There's a special questions tab for unanswered questions, ...
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What to do with answers that offer legal advice?

While it is clear that questions that ask for legal advice are off topic, it is not as clear what constitutes "legal advice". By "clear", I mean clear, not just "it's out there somewhere". I do not ...
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Answering old questions

Answering old questions is encouraged—mostly because the asker is but one audience. If all goes well subsequent viewers are the larger viewership.
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Answers that read like advertisments for personal grudges

It is Stack Exchange policy that we Be Nice - as per this Meta question and answer I would expect that such answers be edited to remove any non-compliant, non-essential content of this kind, ...
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Jurisdictions in answers

I think the procedure followed by Jen in the thread under discussion is exactly correct. People should be encouraged to post answers for any jurisdiction, even if a different one was clearly specified ...
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Request For The Moderators To Make An Exception

No If you are unwilling to play by the rules of the site, don't play. The site itself has a disclaimer on every page. One on each individual post is not necessary.
Dale M's user avatar
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Was this answer somewhat disingenuous in one or two ways? Or did it genuinely address the question as asked in good faith?

You have multiple answers across multiple sites with answers suggesting that Trump had [at the point of time of those answers] not paid any bail in order to get released. All those answers are ...
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Request For The Moderators To Make An Exception

I second Dale's answer. To give my additional perspective: I chafe at unnecessary and arbitrary rules. And I am generally of the opinion that a good or "very helpful" answer is of paramount ...
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What to do with answers that offer legal advice?

tl;dr Because the definition of legal advice isn't fixed, people could use their best judgment and let the SE model of multiple voters' perspectives/definitions govern. Background What to do about ...
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Answering old questions

I have a normative answer to the question, not a descriptive one, because sometimes people do things that it would be better if they didn't do. So I'm taking "norm" to be prescriptive, not a ...
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Should personal opinions posted as answers be flagged, or just downvoted?

I would reframe the question as a speculative question regarding what moderators should do. If moderators should delete certain questions, users should flag them; if moderators should not delete the ...
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How educational is too educational?

Undeleted That said, most users don't grade or write issue spotters. We have variety of backgrounds on the site. Even experienced users (including the person who flagged it) had difficulty ...
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How educational is too educational?

I have flagged your answer again and downvoted it. Your answer is a spot on "Thema verfehlt" (missed the topic of the question), even for German grade school. Your answer has no connection ...
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How educational is too educational?

The form of this answer is highly non-standard for the following reasons: The facts that come out of nowhere. The highly nested structure makes it difficult to determine how the paragraphs relate to ...
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Was this answer somewhat disingenuous in one or two ways? Or did it genuinely address the question as asked in good faith?

It is my opinion that the answer does not answer the question at all nor attempt to. I don't know whether this qualifies as "disingenuous"; I do think this makes it a poor answer. Your ...
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Need canonical answers (FAQ) for Copyright

I've been thinking that we should start up with questions that will, without a doubt, apply internationally, by finding common themes in the Berne Convention. I was thinking of two questions as a way ...
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Need canonical answers (FAQ) for Copyright

On reflection, I think we need a set of canonical questions on aspects of copyright (with answers), otherwise we run the risk of sanctioning a massively too-broad question. We have Dawn's canonical Q&...
user6726's user avatar
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Should personal opinions posted as answers be flagged, or just downvoted?

There have been a number of well-written responses to this question, and I'd like to offer comment on them, as well as the original question. If someone posts an answer that is essentially "In my ...
jimsug's user avatar
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"It's illegal, but you probably won't be caught"

Yes, we should. First of all, it is often the exact truth. Particularly in copyright matters, where the only enforcement action comes from the copyright owner, technical infringements often simply are ...
David Siegel's user avatar
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Should multiple answers by one user for different jurisdictions be combined?

When I address the situation in multiple jurisdictions, I write a single answer (example), using the applicable jurisdiction tags before each section. Keeping these together in one answer allows me to ...
Jen's user avatar
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Should multiple answers by one user for different jurisdictions be combined?

A single answer covering multiple jurisdictions Coherence and reading The best read is a single coherent answer covering multiple jurisdictions. It's best even to point to the differences in ...
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