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What do we do when a popular answer doesn't seem to directly address the question?

We have a question that recently hit the "Hot Network Questions" list for the Stack Exchange platform. If you're not familiar with this list, it is displayed on the right side of the screen, and ...
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What should moderators do with answers that disagree with the premise of the question?

It seems there's been a lot of discussion and controversy lately over how moderators should (or should not) handle answers that stray from the question being asked (including "frame challenges&...
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When is an answer not an answer?

Recently a question was asked about if it was acceptable to ask a mother on a bus to control her overly-talkative daughter, and if so, how to do so. A highly-voted answer was flagged as "not an ...
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Are very "chatty" answers okay?

Some answers (and even some questions) are phrased very conversationally (example). I prefer less talk and more pure facts. I understand and respect other people's way and I haven't voted or commented ...
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Isn't "You're Wrong" an "answer"?

In reading the question and answers for How can I convince my parents to accept my approach on school?, I was surprised that the 2 which were deleted (as opposed to converted to comments) were deleted ...
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Is it acceptable for answers to suggest physical violence?

Some questions mention the use of physical violence against children. Some answers recommend the use of physical violence. Physical violence is an abuse of the rights of the child. See article 19 ...
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Can anecdotal illustration support an answer, or must it go in a comment?

Is it kosher to include an anecdotal illustration in an answer, to make the answer stronger and (hopefully) more entertaining? If not, would a solution be to put the anecdote in a comment after the ...
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How can we be aware and curb judgmental answers?

Here are some examples to get us started. My 16 year old daughter got a speeding ticket Son was sent home from sleepover for behavior How to deal with a teenage daughter who refuses to dress ...
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Parenting.SE is feeling a lot like Yahoo! Answers lately

I'm just looking at the first 10 questions on the Questions page and have noticed something unusual. 9 out of 10 of these questions are subjective, broad, and an invitation to discussion. Parenting....
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I do have more than 10 points of reputation on this site - 103 currently. How can I add an answer? [duplicate]

This question is protected: My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong? I do have more than 10 points reputation on this site - 103 currently, so why is ...
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What is the policy/rules on answers that are rooted in negative sides of single parenthood?

On one hand, it's 100% obvious to anyone unbiased that sometimes an answer to the parenting problem (the "why", at least) is "because the child is a child of a single parent". Both as a scientific ...
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Are answers like this really unwanted here on Parenting.SE?

So, I wrote an answer (-3/+2 I think, or -4/+3) which sparked some disagreement and I am trying to understand whether answers of this type are actually unwelcome or whether this is just an issue of ...
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