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

Stack Overflow has changed the way the answers are sorted: We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By default, we now sort strictly by votes ...
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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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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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Should we emphasize research and citations more?

I asked TorbenGB to put a bounty on this question because I hadn't received and answer that I liked. I wanted one that had citation, not one that was just based on personal/professional experience. (...
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Asker enforcing restrictions on answers - good or bad, allowed or not?

There are several questions on the site which attempt to enforce a certain way of answering, or require something specific in the answer. Examples: What are some do's and dont's for an ...
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Can we have a "this answer assumes information" flag?

At this moment, the most popular question on our site is this question about a confiscated device. At the time of writing this, it has received around 30,000 views! That's amazing, right?! 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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What should our policy be for "non answers"?

Part of the nature of our site seems to be that we receive a lot of first posts from users that are posted as answers, but are really either comments or follow-up questions. The reason this happens ...
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Any problem with adding bible verses to answers?

We all base our wisdom on something. I base mine on my life experiences and what I see to be great Wisdom in the bible. As I continue to grow as an adult and as a follower of Christ I am able to ...
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What's the appropriate way to update/answer a semi-popular question?

When my child was 3 months old I asked a question about her then-terrible sleep. While she has never developed into a wonder sleeper her sleep has gone from abnormally-bad to generally good. As I ...
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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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Answer too valuable/rare to delete so I edited it, but OP changed it all back

I made an edit on this answer summarizing a large amount of "stuff" that was extra, unnecessary, hardly readable, and sometimes inappropriate. I left the answer with the very same important meaning, ...
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Parenting's stance on one-line answers?

I sometimes come across very short answers and since I didn't find a meta discussion about it, here we go. Three examples: 1) What is the effect of locking a child in bathroom? This question is ...
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When is a poor answer not an answer?

In the spirit of @anongoodnurse's earlier question about When is an answer not an answer?, I present the following to the community. Earlier, the question My 11 year old son is weird was asked, which ...
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Is reframing allowed on Parenting.SE?

For some reason I remember an "official" statement that reframing is not acceptable on Parenting.SE. But using the search function of Meta, or the Help pages that are linked when asking a question do ...
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Should I give a second answer if a substantial elaboration is added to the question?

If I've answered a question (specifically, this one), and it receives an update that adds important elaboration on the situation, how should I handle responding to that new information? My original ...
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What should I do if two different answers are equally valid

I asked this question and received two contrasting, but equally valid answers. I don't feel it would be fair to choose one over the other, so what is the right thing to do?
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Rephrase the "please don't add thank you" comment?

I'm interested in this comment that is automatically generated when an Answer is flagged as a "thanks!" Please don't add "thank you" as an answer. Once you have sufficient reputation, you will be ...
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Rant-like answers and moderators

On one of the answers made by a moderator to a question on Parenting.SE, I made the following comment. I highly recommend reading the question and answer for background. For those who don't follow the ...
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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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I have been asked to provide additional references for my answer but what and where and by whom?

I got the following message on my answer to this question Can it be unhealthy to deprive a child of sugar? Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. Please edit ...
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When is an answer general or specific?

I have some experience on other StackExchange sites, but on this site I apparently don't really understand it yet. I guess it's because the SE sites I'm used to are mainly technical, which means the ...
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The answers appear to be in date not vote order

Looking at the answers to some old questions this morning, they don't seem to be in vote order. For example: {
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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 ...
Volker Siegel's user avatar
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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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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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